Nova (SF Masterworks 37) by Samuel R. Delany

By Samuel R. Delany

The stability of galactic strength within the thirty first century revolves round Illyrion, the main invaluable power resource within the universe. the various and unique staff who register with Captain Lorq van Ray be aware of their challenge is harmful, they usually quickly research that they're concerned about a dangerous race with the charismatic yet vicious chief of an opposing area federation. yet they've got no thought of Lorq's mystery obsession: to assemble Illyrion at resource via flying during the very center of an imploding megastar.

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Katin was beside him a moment afterward, leaning even further. " the Mouse whispered and pulled back to avert his face. Captain Von Ray reached the rock from which Dan had leaped. He dropped to one knee, both fists on the stone, staring over. Shapes fell at him (Sebastian's pets), rose again, casting no shadow. The twins had stopped, ledges above him. Captain Von Ray stood. He looked up at his crew. He was breathing hard. He turned and made his way back up the slope.

He had always lived on moons, save for the time he had convinced his parents, stenographers for the Draco court on Luna, to let him take his university education on Earth at that center of learning for the mysterious and inscrutable West, Harvard, still a haven for the rich, the eccentric, and the brilliant— the last two of which he was. The changes that vary a planet's surface, Himalayan heights to gentle, blistering Sahara dunes, he knew only by report. The freezing lichen forests of the Martian polar caps or the raging dust rivers at the red planet's equator; or Mercurian night versus Mercurian day— these he had experienced only through psychorama travelogs.

Red-shift was a label that appeared so frequently you didn't even notice it. Red-shift made the components for all conceivable space drives, the tools for dismantling them, the machines for servicing them, replacement parts. "Red is an industrial family with its roots in the dawn of space travel; it is very firmly fixed on Earth specifically, and throughout the Draco system in general. The Von Rays are a not so old, but powerful family of the Pleiades Federation. And they are now in a race for seven tons of Illyrion.

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