Distress by Greg Egan
The unique talent that is Greg Egan has written another novel that barely strains the limits of modern technology in a near-future socio-political world that is more than believable. Cameras are biologically inserted into humans, rendering reporters as close to the definition of the word “witness” as philologists will permit; pharmaceuticals exist which allow a person to be one button away from a desired mood; and fundamentalists and activists emerge from all corners as science replaces religion in the global mindset. Distresscontains enough ideas for three novels; imagination does not seem to be a problem for Greg Egan.
The main idea tackled in Distress is: what if a Theory of Everything were not only possible but just around the corner? What effect would this have on society? In order to examine this scenario, Egan sets his protagonist, the ... Read More
The Subjective Cosmology Cycle — (1992-1995) Publisher: In the late 21st Century on Earth, Bioengineering and information systems have changed the face of humanity — you can be exactly who you want to be, but don’t expect life to be any less uncertain in a world rife with religious cults and terrorism spawned by fear of the unknown. Then one night, the stars disappear – blocked out by ‘The Bubble’ which isolates the whole solar system. Humanity has been Quarantined — but why and more importantly still, by whom?
Distress by Greg Egan
Orthogonal — (2011-2013) Publisher: In Yalda’s universe, light has no universal speed and its creation generates energy. On Yalda’s world, plants make food by emitting their own light into the dark night sky. As a child, Yalda witnesses one of a series of strange meteors, the Hurtlers, that are entering the planetary system at an immense, unprecedented speed. It becomes apparent that her world is in imminent danger – and the task of dealing with the Hurtlers will require knowledge and technology far beyond anything her civilization has yet achieved! Only one solution seems tenable: if a spacecraft can be sent on a journey at sufficiently high speed, its trip will last many generations for those on board, but it will return after just a few years have passed at home. The travelers will have a chance to discover the science their planet urgently needs, and bring it back in time to avert disaster.
The Clockwork Rocket by Greg Egan
The Clockwork Rocket, which is the first volume in Greg Egan's brand new hard science fiction trilogy ORTHOGONAL, is a book with three different but equally important focal points. On the one hand, it's the story of a young woman who also happens to be a very alien alien. On the other, it's a novel about a planet -- a very alien planet -- on the cusp of tremendous social change. And, maybe most of all, it's a book about a universe with, well, alien laws of physics. Greg Egan successfully weaves these three threads into one fascinating story, but be warned: if you don't like your SF on the hard side, The Clockwork Rocket may be a tough ride for you. Hard as it may be, it's worth sticking with it, though.
The Clockwork Rocket's cover blurb is a perfect way to introduce the... Read More