Reviews of Ballad of Beta-2, the (1965)
Review by clong (2007-07-18)
A short novel featuring a couple of powerful ideas and some effective imagery, but not much in terms of characterization or story. A bored young graduate student is sent to investigate the scene of a curiously neglected space disaster, and finds out quite a bit more than he expected.
Not one of Delany's best, but it does feature one of the author's typical "out there" characters, and certainly causes you to think about "the tyranny of mediocrity." It will only take you a couple of hours to read.