Reviews of Einstein Intersection, the (1967)
Review by clong (2005-02-09)
Delany was 25 when this book won the 1968 Nebula for best novel (his third!).
It is a strange, yet compelling read. It's kind of a fantasy/horror story set in a science fiction universe, with a strong thread of mythology running throughout. Add to this a collection of quotes both from other authors and from Delany's notes that he was keeping as he was writing this book (he was touring Italy and Greece), and you have a thoroughly confusing, genre-hopping, yet oddly poetic quick read.
The book is populated with archetypal characters who explore difference vs. sameness, reality vs. perception, observation vs. action. I'm not sure that I understood what happened at the end, and I'm not sure that repeated readings would make it any clearer, but I think it would be worth repeated readings to find out.