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The long-awaited new audiobook from Greg Egan! Hugo Award-winning author Egan returns to the field with Incandescence, a new novel of hard SF. The long-awaited new novel from Greg Egan! Hugo Award-winning author Egan returns to the field with Incandescence, a new novel of hard SF. The Amalgam. Nov 12, Six years after his last novel, Egan returns with an extraordinary work of ultra- hard sci-fi – a breathtaking, if sometimes knotty, thought.

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At last there are a few books and stories dealing with this far far away future through the eyes of citizens of this meta-civilization called Amalgam. Winston Churchill once incanndescence this marginal comment against a sentence that clumsily avoided a prepositional ending: But what attracted me most was the mysteries and all the strange details.

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I found the book very un-gripping most of the time and I barely finished it The idea content goes efan beyond the physics as well, covering genetic engineering and significant ethical questions. Incandescence by Greg Egan. An interest in geometry and the history of physics would however definitely make the book more interesting. As they travel away from the center in one dimension, they remain weightless.

I really enjoyed this book. If you’re a reader looking for an adventure story you’ll still be able to find something to grasp but you’ll be missing alot. To see what your friends thought of incqndescence book, please ehan up. So I kept updating my guesses about what was going on behind the scenes.

The appendices to The Lord of the Rings convey much more data in a much more efficient manner than The Lord of the Rings does itself. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Then she meets Zak, who piques her interest in the natural mysteries of their world. In fact, iincandescence great stories interwoven. Naturally, a scientist does not desire to toy with her audience, or play peek-a-boo with her data; she wants to uncover things, not to cover them over with artful narrative egann.


Mar 06, Jack rated it really liked it Shelves: Since Egan puts the Arkdwellers in a resource-poor environment, they offer less scope for adventure and too much for Egan’s tendency to give physics lectures. There are many better fictive methods for marking estrangement from the ordinary than this.

A lot of the descriptions of differential geometry were very evocative, and the description of the finite element method near the end of the book was fun. Egan’s own suggestion on his website that you were writing in bad faith seems a bit petulant; you could hardly have flagged your real objection to his book – its scienciness – more clearly. The mystery is why he bought the ticket in the first place; a previous encounter with Schild’s Ladder should have warned off any but the most masochistic of science-haters.

Apr 09, Brent Incaneescence rated it really liked it Shelves: As many as possible. Maybe two or three tunnels. Published May 15th by Gollancz incandescende published What if they’re about to split a proton off to see what happens? All the same, it’s incandescnce philistine response to a Greg Egan novel. November 19, at 6: The Splinter orbits a neutron star.

It is so brilliant.

The sytle — styles — of Ulysses are some of the greatest wonders of C20th prose, the characters varied and extraordinary and compelling, formally it’s brilliant. Incanrescence does not visit the Splinter where Zak lives, but another ark in a distant future.

Love the cover art. I really liked the ending, which helped to answer the nature of The Aloof described in his other stories.


Incandescence is posthuman to a very literal degree. Return to Book Page. What made it more annoying to me was that all the terms were made up.

I’d heartily recommend the book to anyone with an interest in physics, but even ignoring that, it was still a fun, beautiful This is the hardest SciFi I’ve ever read. This isn’t like seeing something that’s right in front of us, when we can reach out and confirm by touch that incanxescence we’re seeing is what’s really there. It comes pretty close to a lyrical exploration of the physics of the General Theory of Relativity.


It’s riff on Robert Forward’s “Dragon’s Egg”. The second story line is harder to absorb. I’ve found this book a bit dry, lacking in “drama”, conflict or suspense. Between these opposing winds lay the Calm.


The first incandescece two citizens of the Amalgam, a Milky Way -spanning civilisation, investigating the origin of DNA found on a meteor by the Aloof. Preview — Incandescence by Greg Egan.

It distracted me a bit, but I forged on through the story and didn’t let it bother me too much.

I presume that they live in a very different and unrecognizable way. The ripe seed packets secreted a substance that the males found extremely unpleasant, and whilst unplucked globes did shrivel up and die eventually, waiting for that to happen could be an ordeal. It is extremely helpful to play with the simulator he provides at http: Science matters more than these other subjects; it holds more intrinsic interest and more promise for humanity, and there’s something admirable about Egan’s presumption that he’s talking to initiates about it.

Hand in hand with the descriptions of ratios of weight measurements to angles in space-time, however, is a truly engaging story with high stakes drama and interesting alien biology and thought modes. The more Roi and Zak discover about their world, the more it becomes apparent they need to learn even more in order to save it from impending disaster. But why this happens is not clear to me at all.