The Nova Trilogy

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 32 ratings

The Soft Machine: The Restored Text Publisher's Summary

In The Soft Machine, William S. Burroughs begins an adventure that will take us into the dark recesses of his imagination, a region where nothing is sacred, nothing taboo. Continuing his ferocious verbal assault on hatred, hype, poverty, war, bureaucracy, and addiction in all its forms, Burroughs gives us a surreal space odyssey through the wounded galaxies in a book only he could create.

A total assault on the powers that turn humans into machines by writing and fixing our life scripts, Burroughs' original "cut-up" book was itself rewritten in three different forms. This new edition of The Soft Machine clarifies for the first time the extraordinary history of its writing and rewriting, demolishes the myths of his chance-based writing methods, and demonstrates for a new generation the significance of Burroughs' greatest experiment.

©1961, 1966 William S. Burroughs. © 2014 by the Estate of William S. Burroughs. Introduction © 2014 by Oliver Harris (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Soft Machine: The Restored Text

    • The Nova Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: William S. Burroughs
    • Narrated by: Ramiz Monsef
    • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15

    In The Soft Machine, William S. Burroughs begins an adventure that will take us into the dark recesses of his imagination, a region where nothing is sacred, nothing taboo. Continuing his ferocious verbal assault on hatred, hype, poverty, war, bureaucracy, and addiction in all its forms, Burroughs gives us a surreal space odyssey through the wounded galaxies in a book only he could create.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Breathe in Johnny -- Here Goes --

    • By Darwin8u on 02-13-17

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 2

    • The Ticket That Exploded: The Restored Text

    • The Nova Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: William S. Burroughs
    • Narrated by: Ramiz Monsef
    • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8

    In The Ticket That Exploded, William S. Burroughs' grand "cut-up" trilogy, which starts with The Soft Machine and continues through Nova Express, reaches its climax as inspector Lee and the Nova Police engage the Nova Mob in a decisive battle for the planet. Only Burroughs could make such a nightmare vision of scientists and combat troops, of ad men and con men, whose deceitful language has spread like an incurable disease, be at once so frightening and so enthralling.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Lust for Life

    • By Darwin8u on 12-28-17

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 3

    • Nova Express: The Restored Text

    • The Nova Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: William S. Burroughs
    • Narrated by: Ramiz Monsef
    • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8

    The Soft Machine introduced us to the conditions of a universe where endemic lusts of the mind and body pray upon men, hook them, and turn them into beasts. Nova Express takes William S. Burroughs' nightmarish futuristic tale one step further. The diabolical Nova Criminals have gained control and plan on wreaking untold destruction. It's up to Inspector Lee of the Nova Police to attack and dismantle the word and imagery machine of these "control addicts" before it's too late.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Literary Cold Sore

    • By Darwin8u on 12-28-17

    Regular price: $20.97