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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (13 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575086548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575086548
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,385 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!

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 20 July 2009
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 By numpty on 5 Feb. 2010
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 By D. A. MCCREADY on 1 Sept. 2009
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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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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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. C. Alveranga on 3 Feb. 2010
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There are some great stories here and some very far out ideas. That said during some of the stories the author gets a bit carried away trying to make the science plausible, droning on for pages about quantum mathematics or multi-verse theory. He is obviously a very smart guy but I think he loses site of the fact he is writing science FICTION! I don't need to have my fiction proven, it just has to sound plausible! Its ironic that the author would spend so much time, in his story Singleton, trying to explain his idea of a quantum computer, shielded from quantum entanglement but then totally breeze over how they made perfect cyborg bodies! Or in his story Oracle he spends a good few pages having his characters debate whether machines can think by arguing the incompleteness of proof but he has them do it live on the BBC?! I guess the point I am making is that Mr Egan has a great imagination and a mind for a good yarn however the plausibility of his stories sometimes gets lost when he brings his mathematical, programing background to bear. In his eagerness to make the story plausible through personal knowledge I sometimes felt that he was forgetting the reader.
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