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. 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.[1] 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-transcendent Earth, intelligent anthropoids deal with genetic mutation from ancient radiation. The beings emulate early human civilization and retell stories from "our ghosts called Man".[2] Lobey, a herder from a small village, sets out on a quest to avenge the death of Friza.


The Einstein Intersection won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1967,[3] and was a finalist for the 1968 Hugo Award for Best Novel.[4]

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 1967.[6]


  1. ^ "Samuel R. Delany's 'The Einstein Intersection' Review". Futurism.
  2. ^ Delany, Samuel R. (1982). The Einstein Intersection. Bantam Book. p. 120. ISBN 0-553-20310-X.
  3. ^ "1967 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-08-24.
  4. ^ "1968 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-08-24.
  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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