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S3E2 - Delany's Nova

Frank forces everyone to read a favorite SF novel of his. Leah joins for her first guest appearance.

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Episode Notes

S3 E2: Nova (1968) by Samuel R. “Chip” Delany

Frank forces everyone to read a favorite SF novel of his. Leah joins for her first guest appearance.

Correction/clarification: Delany is meticulous about in noting when his novels were written at the end of each manuscript, but Frank is not quite as careful in his discussion of them. Nova was written between 1966-67; Hogg was written between 1969-73, overlapping with Dhalgren; Trouble on Triton was written between 1973-74.

Works Cited:

Delany, Samuel R. Nova. Random House, 1968.

Delany, Samuel R. Hogg. FC2, 1995. Delany, Samuel R. Times Square Red, Times Square Blue. NYU, 1999. Heinlein, Robert. Starship Troopers. Putnam, 1959. Vonnegut, Kurt. Player Piano. Random House, 1952. Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five. Random House, 1969.

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