Babel-17 (Paperback, 1966, Ace Books) 5 stars

During an interstellar war one side develops a language, Babel-17, that can be used as …

Linguistic Sci-Fi

5 stars

Some fiction centers around plot, and while Babel-17's plot is truly captivating, the thoughts and ideas intermingled with it are what kept me reading the book and affected my thought process. Which is precisely one of the important themes of the book: how much does the language affect who we are? Could we imagine a language that when spoken or thought would change the way one perceives the world? As if this alone wouldn't be exciting, Delany bases off his work on Plato's Dialogues - making firm connection to philosophy.