Diaspora: A Novel

Diaspora: A Novel

by Greg Egan


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ISBN-13: 9781597805421
Publisher: Night Shade
Publication date: 01/06/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 294,216
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 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.
BobNolin on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I didn't like his earlier book Distress, decided to give him another shot. Forty pages in and I'm done. This is not a story, it's a paean to scientism. I know that life after the Singularity is going to be very strange, but there's gotta be a better way to describe life on the other side. This is barely fiction. No more Egan for me. The cover art is unfortunate - from a distance (or reduced in size, as here) it looks like a skull with a clown nose.
lostinmyownlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Diaspora by Greg Egan This was a tough read for me. Most of the concepts went over my head. At points this book amazed me but at others it bored me. I am just glad I am done with it.
Adam_Gentry More than 1 year ago
Every journey is the search for an end. Humanity has become several distinct lifeforms. One group inhabits a virtual world within a computer network, others exist as robots, and still others have used genetic engineering to customize their form, giving rise to numerous humanoid species. The story focuses on the digital world, exploring the challenges of life unending, and the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake. Then a tragedy injects fresh importance, forcing the characters to reevaluate their understanding of the universe. In the face of this new threat they regroup, embarking on a journey to find other intelligent lifeforms, in the hope that they have answers. On their journey they encounter many strange lifeforms, each representing a unique way of living, but eventually they are confronted by a single truth that all species must face, if they survive long enough. The story is rich with philosophical and scientific theories, including extra dimensions, the nature of existence, consciousness, and the purpose of life. The writing is very challenging, with numerous words invented to express the unique ideas of the story. +Strong Ideas +Strong Characters *Complex Plot *Challenging Writing *Complex Setting 4/5
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