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Astral Weeks: An unexpected, and welcome, DeLillo discovery

Astral Weeks: An unexpected, and welcome, DeLillo discovery

In Don DeLillo's latest novel, the weirdly exciting "Point Omega," a character is "trying to read science fiction but nothing she'd read so far could begin to match ordinary life on this planet ... for sheer unimaginableness." With another writer, you might coax an unsurprising aesthetic from this point of view: Ignore the attractions of extraterrestrials and dystopia — the way we live now is more than ample fodder for the fiction writer's art. The catch, of course, is that DeLillo has written science fiction and written it memorably. Indeed, it's hard to think of an SF book that does quite the same thing as "Ratner's Star"...

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