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Axiomatic [Mass Market Paperback]

Greg Egan
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6 July 1998
The first set of stories from an acclaimed young science fiction author. 'One of the genre's great ideas men' THE TIMES Includes : The Hundred light year diary, Learning to be me, Closer.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New edition edition (6 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752816500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752816500
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,378,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Greg Egan lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has won the John W. Campbell award for Best Novel and has been short listed for the Hugo three times.

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Australian writer Greg Egan presents 18 of his short stories from the early 1990s in this collection. The blurb on the cover says "Science fiction for people who like science fiction," and experienced and new sci-fi fans alike will agree. The ideas and world-building are light years ahead of the pack.

Highlights include: "The Hundred Light-Year Diary", in which society deals with the mixed blessing of diaries sent back in time to earlier selves; "Eugene", in which a working-class couple decide if, and then to what degree, they should genetically enhance their baby; "The Caress", a science fiction detective story that will leave you feeling disturbed; "The Safe-Deposit Box", in which the narrator seeks to know why he has spent his life waking up every day in a new body; "A Kidnapping", which throws a new light on avatar crime; "Learning To Be Me", a story that recalls some of the Mind's I essays; "Appropriate Love", in which insurance companies pressure a couple in need of medical care; "The Moral Virologist", a tale of a deranged geneticist attempting to redeem the world through a computer virus; and "Closer", about a happy couple who enjoy using the latest technological gadgetry to learn more about each other ... although sometimes they learn too much.

About the Author

Greg Egan lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has won the John W. Campbell award for Best Novel and has been short listed for the Hugo three times.

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One thing never changes: when some mutant junkie on S starts shuffling reality, it's always me they send into the whirlpool to put things right. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars !!!Concept Vertigo!!! 11 Jan 2010
By numpty
Firstly; watch out for plot spoiler reviews!!
(it's not a mystery tour if you know where your heading)

Egan's work is 'Hard' Sci-Fi of the highest order. I give him the edge over Brian Aldis (my other favorite), as concepts are heavier and plots driven by 'rawer' science at a blistering pace.

His breadth of vision astounds; always extrapolating logically to the n'th degree. A modicum of effort may be required from the reader at times; but one is richly rewarded with a sense of awe, discovery and achievement. Each book is a Grand Odyssey.

Hold tight and don't look down, because he'll take you a long, long way from where you started....
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A witty, thoughtful and well-crafted collection of short stories, combining convincing characterisation with fascinating, well grounded and often chilling speculation on the human effects of scientific advance,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Short Stories 11 Jun 2012
By Lodders
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Interesting and absorbing. If you enjoy well written SciFi, and loved "The Matrix" for the way it messes with your mind, or "Neuromancer" for the theme of future tech misused and taken too far, then this is the book for you, because it takes it all to the next level and beyond....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easily read and yet highly thought provoking. 29 Oct 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Axiomatic a collection of short stories, each one a masterpiece. When I finished it all I could think was - I must read more Greg Egan. Not only does he have a powerful imagination, but he also knows how to put his ideas into writing.
Stop wasting your time buy it now !
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This book is a mind expanding journey into the science fiction universe. These are short stories that you will read again and again, bringing something new to them, noticing something different every time you read them. They are a gateway to new ideas and ways of thinking and left me a wee bit more curious about the world I live in. Greg Egan is a master of science fiction with an amazing working knowledge of science in general that comes through in every paragraph. An enjoyable and challanging book for anyone that has sat, thinking of the future and wondered 'what if....'
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