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Babel-17/Empire Star

by: Samuel R. Delany

Publisher: Vintage (2001)

$17.00

Staff Pick by comrade: QW

One of the best sci-fi books that I have ever read. Fast paced, poetic, an super weird. While one of the main plot points is a galactic war, it is critical of militarism, and is as much about language, relationships between outsiders, and class relations/power. If you want to read Delany but want to start with a shorter work, this is the one.