Nova by Samuel R. Delany

"Nova" is a science fiction novel set in a distant future where humanity has colonized different planets. The story follows a young spaceship captain named Lorq Von Ray, who embarks on a dangerous mission to retrieve a rare substance called Illyrion from the heart of a dying star. Along the way, Lorq faces personal challenges, encounters rivalries, and navigates complex relationships, all while exploring themes of identity, power, and the nature of humanity.

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