Friday, January 11, 2013
I strongly suspect that Douglas Adams borrowed the concept of Babel 17 for his very own Babel fish and I have to wonder if David Bowie had read it too, because it was the first thing that popped into my mind when, in a part of the book, the audience applauded with finger clicks (remember the video for Blue Jean?). If I hadn't raced through the story perhaps I might have traced other future influences, but I was in a hurry to see how this story would end. Delaney put quite a bit of development into his universe, though I felt that there was something lacking to this story, there was something not told or finished yet, so many loose ends flapping about. Which is always a pain in the arse, but it's worth a re-read in the future.