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Oceanic by [Egan, Greg]
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Collected together here for the first time are twelve stories by the incomparable Greg Egan, one of the most exciting writers of science fiction working today.

In these dozen glimpses into the future Egan continues to explore the essence of what it is to be human, and the nature of what - and who - we are, in stories that range from parables of contemporary human conflict and ambition to far-future tales of our immortal descendants.

Return to the universe of the meta-civilisation known as the Amalgam, which Egan explored in his critically acclaimed novel Incandescence: 'Riding the Crocodile', which recounts an epic endeavour a million years from now to bridge the divide between the Amalgam and the reclusive Aloof; 'Glory', set in the same future, in which two archaeologists strive to decipher the artefacts of an ancient civilisation, and 'Hot Rock', where an obscure, sunless world conceals mind-spinning technological marvels, bitter factional struggles, and a many-layered secret history.

This superb collection also includes the title story, the Hugo Award-winning 'Oceanic': a boy is inducted into a religion that becomes the centre of his life, but as an adult he must face evidence that casts a new light on his faith.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1197 KB
  • Print Length: 508 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (24 September 2009)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002U3CC9W
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #351,159 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Oceanic", a short story collection 27 February 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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As of this writing, the customer reviews for Greg Egan's "Oceanic" confuses about the novella "Oceanic" and the short story collection "Oceanic". I think amazon.com's system is at fault.

"Oceanic", a short story collection by Greg Egan, originally published in Great Britain by Gollancz, contains the following stories:
"Lost Continent"
"Dark Integers"
"Crystal Nights"
"Steve Fever"
"Induction"
"Singleton"
"Oracle"
"Border Guards"
"Riding the Crocodile"
"Glory"
"Hot Rock"
"Oceanic"

"Riding the Crocodile", "Glory", and "Hot Rock" take place in the Amalgam universe. In particular, "Riding the Crocodile" is about an event mentioned in Egan's novel "Incandescence".

"Dark Integers" is a sequel to the "Luminous" which is not included in this book.

(Feb 27, 2010 - changed first paragraph in accordance with the situation.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best anthologies in science fiction 14 November 2013
By James R - Published on Amazon.com
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Diverse and fascinating ideas and not a bad story in the collection (I will normally skip or skim several of the stories in an anthology like this, but not this one). Of course, like many compilations of short stories, some of the ideas are just off the wall (e.g., Dark Integers), but still an enjoyable read. This book made me want to start re-reading some of Egan's full length works, which I am finding just as good as the first time around.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Science Fiction - maximum reading entertainment 4 November 2015
By Always Already - Published on Amazon.com
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Hard Science SF at its very best. I have read most of Greg Egan's books and I am always amazed at the wide variety of topics, characters, and locations he chooses. Amazing characterization, heavy detailed physics and science, and all done in a very entertaining package. One of the very best books of short stories I have ever read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of short stories 20 January 2017
By Gliscameria - Published on Amazon.com
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Great collection of short stories. Plus some great hard scifi that is an exercise to wrap your brain around
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 December 2016
By Vrenna - Published on Amazon.com
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Greg Egan is the hardest of hard science fiction writers, and this is another masterful work in the genre.

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