Schild's Ladder: A Novel

Schild's Ladder: A Novel

by Greg Egan

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Schild's Ladder: A Novel by Greg Egan

When the laws of physics are suddenly called into question, a whole new potential for life and death is brought to the entire universe.

For twenty thousand years, every phenomenon that has ever been observed in the universe has been explainable through the means of the Sarumpaet Rules. These rules are the essential laws of quantum graphs that explain the makeup of the geometric structure of space-time.

Cass, a humanoid physicist from Earth, discovers that the Sarumpaet Rules may not be the only applicable set of the laws of physics in the universe. Cass travels to a remote experimental facility in hopes to test her theory—that the “novo-vacuum” will begin to decay the moment it is created. Cass’s theory proves greater than she’d anticipated, and the “novo-vacuum” begins to expand out from the research facility at half the speed of light.

More than six hundred years pass, and at least two thousand inhabited systems have been consumed by the “novo-vacuum.” Those fascinated by the phenomenon choose to study it under two differing categories: Preservationists and Yielders. Preservationists are forever hypothesizing on how to destroy the vacuum; Yielders believe it holds a purpose in reinvigorating civilization.

Tchicaya is a Yielder and Mariama is a Preservationist. These childhood friends will put their beliefs and their history to the test when violence breaks out among the two groups. Tchicaya must form an alliance with Mariama so that she can help them both escape the violence and confront the fate of the universe before it is too late.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597805445
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Publication date: 02/17/2015
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 791,286
Product dimensions: 5.50(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 , Diaspora , 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. He lives in Perth, Australia.

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Schild's Ladder 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The concepts and theories introduced in the story are amazing. The plot is unique and exciting and the overall story is very good. Personally I found the ending to be bit underwhelming, but still well worth he read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Overall, an elegant story...well developed and researched. It is, technically though, very difficult to read unless you are a physics major. Egan has done well to make his story plausible, but has lost the majority of SF readers as a result. The ending of the story is, in my humble opinion, chopped off and somewhat inelegant. It's as if Egan decided he'd gone on long enough...unless, of course, there is a sequel. I don't know, nor will I intend to find out, as the first book was so difficult to read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Twenty thousand years into the future, humanity has conquered everything in its path including death yet so far at least no other sentient life form has been found that did not originate from earth. Science rules, as knowledge is everything. However, a quantum physics experiment inadvertently creates a vacuum effect that forms a new universe with physical laws different from the current one. This universe is growing rapidly and eats anything in its path though nanotechnology has kept humanity safe by instant evacuation.

However, what is to be done about the ever-expanding new universe that threatens life as we know it becomes the subject of great debate. The Preservationists want to destroy the new universe before it consumes humanity. The Yielders prefer to allow the growth of the new universe in order to study the phenomena. In that void, star crossed lovers Tchicaya and Mariama join separate and opposing hostile camps.

SCHILD¿S LADDER is brilliant science fiction as it entertains the reader with an action-packed plot yet requires the audience to think about the ethical clashes that make up the science community as part of the larger society. The story line is cleverly designed to run faster than the speed of light yet maintains a cerebral moral fiber to the plot. Characters are fully developed so that the audience understands for instance the split between Tchicaya and Mariama. Fans of science fiction will want to read Greg Egan¿s distant future intelligent thriller that leaves the audience hungering for more novels like this one while debating current scientific moral dilemmas confronting society today.

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