One of DeLillo's first novels, Ratner's Star follows Billy, the genius adolescent, who is recruited to live in obscurity, underground, as he tries to help a panel of estranged, demented, and yet lovable scientists communicate with beings from outer space. It is a mix of quirky humor, science, mathematical theories, as well as the complex emotional distance and sadness people feel. Ratner's Star demonstrates both the thematic and prosaic muscularity that typifies DeLillo's later and more recent works, like The Names (which is also available in Vintage Contemporaries).
"His most spectacularly inventive novel." --The New York Times
About: Summoned to decode a radio signal received from distant Ratner's Star, fourteen-year-old Nobel Laureate William Terwilliger, Bronx genius, has some run-ins with wild scientists, giddy researchers, and batty schemers
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