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Oceanic Paperback – 16 Jul 2009

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (16 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575086521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575086524
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,499,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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]

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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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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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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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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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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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...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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