They call it Babel-17- the mind-twisting, multi-dimensional language of the alien race who threaten to smash the peace of the Earth-Alliance worlds.  Somehow, the code must be broken – and the task is given to Rydra Wong, poetess and captain of the spaceship Rimbaud – an enigmatic blend of strength and beauty. She believes the secret to Babel-17’s secrets lay in the farthest reaches of the galaxy – and when she leaves on her mission with her strange crew, including twelve children, three ghosts and a pilot who is half man and half lion…the eyes of countless worlds watch, for she is the last hope of the Alliance…  Cover art by Peter Elson.