A, B, C: Three Short Novels: The Jewels of Aptor, the Ballad of Beta-2, They Fly at Ciron (Paperback)

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Sam Delany's early writing is a contender for my favorite science fiction of all time. His words are strange and lovely. My favorite here is the Jewels of Aptor. Now if only we can get "Stars In My Pocket, Like Grains of Sand" back into print... --Leigh

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A, B, C: Three Short Novels contains the first three novels of Samuel R. Delany's long and illustrious career.

The Jewels of Aptor is a science-fantasy story about a seafaring quest that sets out to find powerful magic jewels on a mystical, forbidden island where unimaginable danger lies.

The Ballad of Beta-2 is about a future academic searching for the true story behind an interstellar voyage, a journey over multiple generations that ended in tragedy.

They Fly at iron is a fantasy about the clash between a marauding army and a peaceful village at the foot of a mountain from which a race of winged people oversees both sides.

Presenting these three novels in this omnibus volume for the first time, along with a new foreword and afterword by the author, A, B, C showcases Delany's masterful storytelling ability and deep devotion to his craft.

About the Author

Samuel Delany's stories are available in Aye, and Gomorrah and Other Stories (science fiction and fantasy) and Atlantic: Three Tales (experimental fiction). His works have won multiple Hugo and Nebula awards, and his novel Dark Reflections was a Stonewall Honor Book in 2008. He has been inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and received the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master of Science Fiction Award. His novels include science fiction works such as Nova, Dhalgren, The Fall of the Towers, Babel-17, The Einstein Intersection; also the four-volume fantasy series Return to Nevèrÿon. He is the author of several other novels and works of nonfiction. He lives in New York City and has recently retired after 16 years of teaching creative writing at Temple University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101911426
ISBN-10: 1101911425
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: July 7th, 2015
Pages: 496
Language: English
Series: Vintage Original