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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 Earthsome devolved into dream apes, others cavorting in the seas or the airwhile 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 safetya 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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|Publisher:||Night Shade Books|
|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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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