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Luminous by [Egan, Greg]
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Length: 336 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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LUMINOUS collects together one original story plus nine previously unpublished in book form. Greg Egan's short fiction is at the cutting edge of the genre. His stories range from near future predictions to far future, far space improvisations. His grasp of the latest scientific breakthroughs is unparalleled in science fiction. The stories include 'Transition Dreams', 'Cocoon', 'Our Lady of Chernobyl', the title story 'Luminous' and 'The Planck Drive'. Egan's particular interests range from the farther shores of chaos theory and black hole science to bio-technology and cloning.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1092 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00EIE7Q4W
  • Publisher: Gollancz (30 December 2010)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHY82Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #331,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard SciFi for the serious reader 29 August 2016
By TwoMetreBill - Published on
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Like all of Greg's SciFi books, to really understand his alternate universe physics, a good grounding in the physics of our universe helps. Not a casual read, it is more about the science than the plot.
3.0 out of 5 stars Basically, buy "Axiomatic" first 21 November 2015
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To be uncharitable, you'd say this is the slower, more boring version of Axiomatic. I urge everyone to immediately buy Axiomatic. It's as good as you've heard: you'll love it, with a few reservations.

Luminous -- I assume it was the earlier collection from the author -- you have to say is just well more boring. There's a couple of great stories, but unfortunately a few you'll just flick through.

Don't worry - you'll get that hit of "Incredibly ingenious Greg Egan ideas". For sure. But just, it's reasonable to say a number of the stories in here are just plain boring, you'll just flick through those.

That being said, since all other sci-fi at the moment is basically rubbish .. thank goodness for Greg Egan. Enjoy!
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply entertaining 7 February 2016
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I started with Axiomatic and almost immediately purchased this next volume. Egan's concepts and worlds are impressively imagined and provide a delicious sense of discovery as they gradually unfold. While the science/mathematics gets pretty technical, there's plenty of wit (I laughed out loud at a certain part in Mitochondrial Eve), psychological insight and narrative momentum to keep the reader engrossed. If you like Ted Chiang, you would probably enjoy Greg Egan.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely math-physics-science based SF short fiction 12 July 2015
By David M. Chess - Published on
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I bought this eBook just for the title story, but good as that is, it's not even the strongest in the collection. Every one of these gives you the feeling that Egan spends his days hanging out with people at the leading edge of science, math, physics, biology, cosmology, and his nights taking the wildest deepest thoughts from there and weaving them into stories that are also about us, how we deal with life and death, what identity is, what motivation and purpose are, and what it's all about.

Very, very highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars A successful mix of story and explorations of ideas at the frontiers of science, math, consciousness 23 April 2015
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A collection of mind-bending short stories. Luminous? ou illuminating? As with many sci-fi authors, egan takes the germ of an idea at the frontiers of science and builds a story around it. Many stories are a bit sad or tragic, but seeing far flung ideas realized is deeply satisfying. A diversion that stretches your mind, both in terms of the possibilities of the future but also the possibilities of story creation to demonstrate those ideas.