Diaspora: A Novel

Diaspora: A Novel

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by Greg Egan
     
 

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A quantum Brave New World from the boldest and most wildly speculative writer of his generation.

Since the Introdus in the twenty-first century, humanity has reconfigured itself drastically. Most chose immortality, joining the polises to become conscious software. Others opted for gleisners: disposable, renewable robotic bodies that remain in

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A quantum Brave New World from the boldest and most wildly speculative writer of his generation.

Since the Introdus in the twenty-first century, humanity has reconfigured itself drastically. Most chose immortality, joining the polises to become conscious software. Others opted for gleisners: disposable, renewable robotic bodies that remain in contact with the physical world of force and friction. Many of these have left the solar system forever in fusion-drive starships.

And there are the holdouts: the fleshers left behind in the muck and jungle of Earth—some devolved into dream apes, others cavorting in the seas or the air—while the statics and bridgers try to shape out a roughly human destiny.

But the complacency of the citizens is shattered when an unforeseen disaster ravages the fleshers and reveals the possibility that the polises themselves might be at risk from bizarre astrophysical processes that seem to violate fundamental laws of nature. The orphan Yatima, a digital being grown from a mind seed, joins a group of citizens and flesher refugees in a search for the knowledge that will guarantee their safety—a search that puts them on the trail of the ancient and elusive Transmuters, who have the power to reshape subatomic particles, and to cross into the macrocosmos, where the universe we know is nothing but a speck in the higher-dimensional vacuum.

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“A conceptual tour de force” —The New York Times
Library Journal
04/01/2015
In the 30th century, humanity has migrated/evolved into a conglomerate of consciousnesses either transferred to artificial bodies or uploaded to a sort of universal cyberspace. This "hard" sf story goes beyond the gender-bending of Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice (see below) to bend readers' minds into shapes they—or "ve"—may never have experienced. (LJ 1/98)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597805421
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
01/06/2015
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
719,781
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Greg Egan is a computer programmer, and the author of the acclaimed SF novels Permutation City, Teranesia, Teranesia, Quarantine, and the Orthogonal trilogy, all published by Night Shade Books. He has won the Hugo Award as well as the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Egan’s short fiction has been published in a variety of places, including Interzone, Asimov’s, and Nature.

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Diaspora 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
from trying to think in five spatial dimensions. its really not easy, but i believe egan when he says you'd need at least four legs (not to mention a new brain). this book can mess with your head. egan explores digital consciousness again and takes it to new levels. read all his books.
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