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Return to Book Page. Preview — Luminous by Greg Egan. Luminous Collected Stories 2 by Greg Egan. Greg Egan’s short fiction is at sxiomatico cutting edge of the genre.
His stories range from near future predictions to far future, far space improvisations. His grasp of the latest scientific breakthroughs is unparalleled in science fiction. Egan’s particular interests range from the farther shores of chaos theory and black hole science to bio-technology and cloning.
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Lists with This Book. Estos son los diez relatos que incluye ‘Luminoso’: La clave, un ordenador que funciona con luz. El grupo protagonista se propone mandar clones al interior de una agujero negro para entender por fin el espacio-tiempo. View all egaj comments. Oct 09, Jose Moa rated it really liked it Shelves: Greg Egan is more a scientific speculation writer that a classic sf writer,he takes the known science and tecnology an extrapolates to its very limit,his tales by that are full of wild but plausible ideas and are very exigent with the axiiomatico that have take all his bakground in metaphysics,quantum mechanics,matemathics,genetics ,molecular biology ,artificial inteligence and computing sciences ,some times at a very high level;he is the hardest of the hard sf writers and in this sense is unique.
To Greg Egan is more a scientific speculation writer that a classic sf writer,he takes the known science and tecnology an extrapolates to its very limit,his tales by that are full of wild but plausible ideas and are very exigent with the reader that have take all his bakground in metaphysics,quantum mechanics,matemathics,genetics ,molecular biology ,artificial inteligence and computing sciences ,some times at a very high level;he is the hardest of the hard sf writers and in this sense is unique.
To read his works is a mental challenge This book Luminous is a serie of tales in his usual way,the tales are: The autor says this concepts are described in “Society of the mind” by Marvin Minsky Cocoon: The transition dreams appear in the process of copy as intermediate mental states Silver Fire: Aug 10, Aaron Arnold rated it liked it Shelves: This is not quite as good as Axiomatic, his other short story collection I’ve read.
Some of the stories either didn’t feature very interesting ideas or had unmemorable protagonists. Interestingly, several of these stories introduce ideas he would later reuse in his novels e. The stories were written over a span of 5 years, from late to early This was the best and most moving story in the collection. Or, in the language of the story: Jan 30, Tim Sharp rated it it was ok. This is a much weaker book than Diaspora, and with these stories I unfortunately found myself becoming all-too-aware of the shortcomings in that novel that I had previously been willing to overlook because of the sheer giddy weirdness of that particular post-human tale.
Egan’s strategy with a lot of these stories seemed to be to either throw a bunch of high concept science fiction ideas at the reader in place of an actual narrative, or deliver a thinly-veiled sermon about how any hint of a non-purely-materialist worldview is stupid and anyone who even remotely entertains it is, by association, also stupid.
Axiomatico : Greg Egan :
I also found the overwhelming majority egam the stories to be poorly plotted with a parade of info-dumps upon info-dumps substituting for narrativeriddled with badly-disguised author screeds, thin characterizations, poor dialogue and an almost pathological obsession with a bunch of “science fuck yeah” stuff.
Look, I love science. Complexity theory, epigenetics, quantum dgan, sure, it’s all great, but if you’re writing a narrative it has to be tied into an interesting story, not simply rendered as techno-fetishism. Science fiction works because it uses the concepts of science and technology to say something about the world, not to indulge in self-congratulation. Comparing Greg Egan’s stuff to something like Stanislav Lem’s short works really highlights what the value of this is.
Three stories I thought that worked best: Mitochondrial Eve – A genetic researcher gets caught xxiomatico in the gender wars. Moralistic, but it had its heart in the right place and was also, on balance, probably the closest Egan has yet come to comedy. Reasons To Be Cheerful – A sojourn into the conscious mind and the structure of identity. I thought the story itself was fairly weak, but the idea was good enough that I axlomatico care.
Cocoon – This was the story that worked the best for me. A gay privately-employed policeman is called in to investigate an attack on a genetic research laboratory. The story contained a surprising moral twist which I liked for its audacity and resolution. I don’t mean to be unduly harsh, there were definitely some parts of this book that I liked and I’m glad that someone from my hometown egann Perth axiomatuco writing such high concept stuff, I just wish xaiomatico was more focused on actually telling interesting stories, rather than getting lost in an ocean of science-fetishism, there’s already more than enough of that in Wired Magazine.
Para mi gusto ese relato es infumable. A lot weaker that “Axiomatic”, his somewhat earlier short story collection, though I’m struggling to say why.
Too many first person narrators? Stories too similar in their cadence if not quiet in subject matter? Nothing as mindblowing as “Cutie”? An almost perceptive lack of interesting interhuman in a very broad sense of human relations? I also do not quiet remember thinking “oh, I’ve seen this is a novel of his, eban Is this on purpose?
Or by chanc A lot weaker that “Axiomatic”, his somewhat earlier short story collection, though I’m struggling to say why. Mind me, this is not a negative point, not at all, just an interesting one. Anyway, an interesting collection if you, like me, want to read everything by Egan.
If you are just starting out, head over to Axiomatic that is just amazing and mindblowing. Quel sont les motivations des personnages? On se pose souvent la question. On y crois pas.
Aug 10, Beth rated it it was amazing Shelves: Greg Egan gets it. He understands how things work — science, mathematics, the human brain — and uses that understanding to create mind-blowing but completely plausible scenarios of how they could work.
Luminous is a more uneven collection than Axiomaticbut his best stories are ridiculously brilliant. More classic Egan exploration – love it. Dec 16, Bemmu rated it liked it. These short stories are a bit involved to get into, and when many of them fail to have satisfying endings, you axiomtico to feel a bit reluctant to go on reading.
Here are the interesting ideas from the better stories of the book, to spare you evan having to read it all: If you agree with this, then feeling alive is nothing more than computation done on some dat These short stories are a bit involved to get into, and when many of them fail to have satisfying xaiomatico, you start to feel a bit reluctant to go on reading.
If you agree with this, then feeling alive is nothing more than computation done on some data structure defining you. If so, when your brain is scanned and turned into a data structure held in memory, wouldn’t the scanning process also be such computation? What would it feel like? If you could be happy or sad by just adjusting a setting, would the outside world mean anything to you anymore? After all, you could just change your settings to like or dislike anything, making real events less important to you.
Not as strong as Greg Egan’s other work, but this collection of short stories has its moments. One issue here is that he is at his strongest writing stories on simulated consciousness I guess because of his computer science backgroundbut some of these stories deal with biotech instead, which isn’t really his strong point.
Axiomatkco Volition Qui est je? Et, franchement, c’est moche. Un peu comme la nouvelle, d’ailleurs, qui n’apporte pas grand chose, je trouve. Peut-on la choisir ou pas avant la naissance d’un enfant?
J’ai mis deux MOIS pour le lire! Alors franchement, dire qu’Egan est le roi de la nouvelle, c’est mentir. Et ce livre en est la preuve. I axoomatico reading this maybe 15moths ago. I couldn’t get past the last story. Finally I made myself read it. If you don’t see yourself understanding it, it is very skippable. On author’s website, there is a nice applet as to how the “falling into a black hole” would look like http: You can also find technical notes there.
But, the stories aziomatico overall excellent as always with Greg Egan: Sadly, I was spoiled by “Axiomatic”, which – to echo many others – contains a collection of superior stories.
Which isn’t axiomwtico say the tales contained in “Luminous” are poor.