The Einstein Intersection

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] Delany's intended title for the book was A Fabulous, Formless Darkness.

The Einstein Intersection
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 novel is purportedly influenced by Marcel Camus' 1959 film Black Orpheus. The protagonist, Lo Lobey, is loosely based on the character of Orpheus, and the character of Kid Death is likewise based on Death in that film.


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".[3] In February 1968 he named the book the best novel of the year.[4]


  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. Budrys, Algis (October 1967). "Galaxy Bookshelf". Galaxy Science Fiction. pp. 188–194.
  4. Budrys, Algis (February 1968). "Galaxy Bookshelf". Galaxy Science Fiction. pp. 157–162.
  • Tuck, Donald H. (1974). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. p. 136. ISBN 0-911682-20-1.

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