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Oceanic [Hardcover]

Greg Egan
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16 July 2009
Collected together here for the first time are twelve stories by the incomparable Greg Egan, one of the most exciting writers of science fiction working today. In these dozen glimpses into the future Egan continues to explore the essence of what it is to be human, and the nature of what - and who - we are, in stories that range from parables of contemporary human conflict and ambition to far-future tales of our immortal descendants. Return to the universe of the meta-civilisation known as the Amalgam, which Egan explored in his critically acclaimed novel Incandescence: 'Riding the Crocodile', which recounts an epic endeavour a million years from now to bridge the divide between the Amalgam and the reclusive Aloof; 'Glory', set in the same future, in which two archaeologists strive to decipher the artefacts of an ancient civilisation, and 'Hot Rock', where an obscure, sunless world conceals mind-spinning technological marvels, bitter factional struggles, and a many-layered secret history. This superb collection also includes the title story, the Hugo Award-winning 'Oceanic': a boy is inducted into a religion that becomes the centre of his life, but as an adult he must face evidence that casts a new light on his faith.

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (16 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575086513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575086517
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,235,161 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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'The universe may be stranger than we can imagine, but it's going to have a tough time outdoing Egan' [NEW SCIENTIST] 'Egan is perhaps the most exciting SF writer at work today' [DAILY TELEGRAPH] 'It is one of Egan's great skills that he makes the passion of science appear understandable, even inevitable, to non-scientists' [FOUNDATION]

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From the electronic frontier to the wilder shores of hard physics, Greg Egan's new collection is powerful, shocking and unmissable! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Four of these stories (Dark Integers ; Riding The Crocodile ; Glory ; Oceanic [together with Luminous]), make up the collection Dark Integers & Other Stories.
The other eight (Lost Continent ; Crystal Nights ; Steve Fever ; Induction ; Singleton ; Oracle ; Border Guards ; Hot Rock [together with TAP]), will be appearing
as Crystal Nights & Other Stories in September.
So here you have both these collections for the price of one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars !!!Concept Vertigo!!! 5 Feb 2010
By numpty
Format:Paperback
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exraordinary Imagination 1 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover
Being a long time fan of Greg Egan's since his fantastic book Diaspora, I had grown a little dissatisfied with his more recent efforts up until Incandescent and now the brilliant collection Oceanic.

I would have to call this one of the best collections of short stories I've ever read. Thoroughly enjoyable, the stories collected within dive deep into hard sci fi while never losing the reader. Adventurous, while still making the reader think, yet always being firmly based in humanity and character.

Reading this collection is a pivotal moment. Any sci fi that deals with the expansion of humanity and doesn't deal with it in the way Egan does now seems old-fashioned and plain silly and evokes thoughts of 50s futurism and duck-and-cover absurdity. Greg Egans ideas are brilliantly simple to the point that once revealed to the reader it's hard to believe it isn't exactly what will happen.

I can't recommend this collection enough.
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By DB
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Most writers these days seem to concentrate on one or the other. This was my first Greg Egan book, although I've followed up on it since. I actually got his name from a New Scientist article on "modern British SF" even though he's Australian. Excellent short stories - give him a try if you're not already familiar with his work.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle review: great collection... 20 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
...but minus two stars for the Kindle edition, as the formatting of each paragraph has been deliberately set one line apart. This means each paragraph appears seperated, like different sections (and like this review), rather than connected to each other.

The other Kindle collections of Egan's short stories, Axiomatic and Luminous, do not feature this "feature", and are consequently more readable and like the actual paper books.

Hopefully whoever is publishing Greg Egan's stuff notices and corrects this ASAP.

In the meantime, the text is still definitely there, and if you aren't irritated by this fault, then enjoy this great collection.
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