Oceanic Paperback – 16 Jul 2009
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Praise for Incandescence: This strange, enthralling work is a major achievement from Australia's top sci-fi writer and will be discussed and dissected for quite some time." [The Sydney Morning Herald]; Egan paints an entertaining and intriguing tale of different cultures and technologies. [Good Reading] Quest story meets scientific method, with the true stars the sexy ideas. Egan writes the most intellectual fiction in Australia. [The Sunday Age] Greg Egan is the eponymous incandescent Aussie hard SF author... a tour-de-force of scientific extrapolation. [Antipodean]; Greg Egan has established a well-deserved reputation as one of the foremost practitioners of hard science fiction. [Andromeda]
From the electronic frontier to the wilder shores of hard physics, Greg Egan's new collection is powerful, shocking and unmissable!See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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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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. Read more
Egan is something of a rarity in SF. He uses scientific theory beautifully and skillfully interwoven into believable contexts. Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2009 by zargb5
It is always a great source of enjoyment when my favorite author publishes a new collection of short stories. Read morePublished on 9 Oct. 2009 by Norrin Radd