The Einstein Intersection

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The Einstein Intersection
Delany Einstein-Intersection.jpg
First edition (paperback)
AuthorSamuel R. Delany
Cover artistJack Gaughan
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction novel
PublisherAce Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages142 pp

The Einstein Intersection is a 1967 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1967[1] and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1968.[2] The title is a reference to Einstein's Theory of Relativity connecting to Kurt Gödel's Constructible universe, which is an analogy to science meeting philosophy.[3] Delany's intended title for the book was A Fabulous, Formless Darkness.

The protagonist, Lo Lobey, is loosely based on the character of Orpheus.


In a post-holocaust Earth, intelligent anthropoids deal with genetic mutation from ancient radiation. The beings emulate early human civilization and retell stories from "our ghosts called Man".[4] Lobey, a herder from a small village, sets out on a quest to avenge the death of Friza.


Algis Budrys, after noting that Delany "has about as little discipline as any writer who has tried his hand" at science fiction and that The Einstein Intersection was a book "whose structure and purpose on its own terms are not realized", declared that the author "simply operates on a plane which Robert Heinlein never dreamed of, nor John W. Campbell, nor – take a deep breath – Ted Sturgeon, Ray Bradbury, nor anyone else we could have put forward as being a poet" before 1960 and "urgently recommended" the novel".[5] In February 1968 he named the book the best novel of the year.[6]


  1. ^ "1967 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-08-24.
  2. ^ "1968 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-08-24.
  3. ^ "Samuel R. Delany's 'The Einstein Intersection' Review". Futurism.
  4. ^ Page 120, ISBN 0-553-20310-X
  5. ^ Budrys, Algis (October 1967). "Galaxy Bookshelf". Galaxy Science Fiction. pp. 188–194.
  6. ^ Budrys, Algis (February 1968). "Galaxy Bookshelf". Galaxy Science Fiction. pp. 157–162.

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