One of the best sci-fi writers to emerge in recent years, if not the best. You can read some of his stuff for free on his Web site http://www.netspace.net.au/~gregegan/
and elsewhere. His themes include body and neural modification, artificial evolution, gender and personal autonomy, quantum physics, cellular automata, and experimental philosophy. Even better, he gets the science right
, and raises the right questions.
Also a computer programmer, which makes him more OnTopic
. So there. ;)
I was introduced to GregEgan
through one of his books of short stories, Axiomatic
). I still consider it the best science fiction I have ever read, and I urge everyone to read it: every story has a twenty-megatonne idea in it. UnstableOrbitsInTheSpaceOfLies?
is one of the finest titles I've come across (it's sort of about ChaosTheory
applied to religion - it helps if you know what a StrangeAttractor
is). See http://public.logica.com/~stepneys/sf/books/e/egan.htm#axiom
for a one-line description of each story. -- TomAnderson
Some of Egan's shorts are the most unsettling I have read. As a parent I found "The Cutie" almost unbearable. -- TomAyerst
If you enjoy GregEgan
's works, you might also enjoy the works of:
is an author with incredibly limited range and his novels have no characterization to speak of. "the best in scifi" my ass!