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Quarantine by [Egan, Greg]
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It's late in the 21st century and bioengineering is now so common that people are able to modify their minds in any way they wish. It is an era which has been shaped by information systems so vast that security, in any form, is easily breached. Now you can be whatever you want to be, and do whatever you want to do. On Earth anyway.

One night, thirty three years ago, the stars went out. 'The Bubble' - a perfect sphere centred on the sun - appeared in the sky, isolating the solar system from the rest of the universe. For thirty-three years, humanity has lived with the religious cults and terrorism which spawned in the wake of the darkness.

We are now alone. Humanity has been cut off. Quarantined.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 926 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (30 December 2010)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHY7MC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #248,900 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the casual Sci-Fi reader 29 January 2014
By Elizabeth A. Halo - Published on
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Quarantine is the first Greg Egan novel I've ever read, and it's by far the most fascinating as well.

It's set in a future where computer programs are easily downloaded and installed in your mind. The protagonist, Nick Stavrianos, is hired to find a missing person. Laura Andrews is a woman who is incapable of living on her own because of massive abnormalities to her brain, making her effectively comotose. What starts out as a "simple" kidnapping turns into something much larger, touching on the role of mankind in the universe and the reason why they have been "Quarantined," with the entire solar system locked inside a massive alien bubble.

There's lots of physics involved including Schrodinger's Cat experiment and quantum mechanics, but the underlying story makes it all worth it in the end.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive. not light reading, but worth it. 18 February 2015
By Jay Batson - Published on
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This book is not one to read when you're looking for a fun, easy, simple read, as Mercury Falls might be. This one is taking accepted quantum physics ideas about the super-small and extrapolating them. This takes thought & processing to follow.

But boy, if you can, this is a cool trip. I loved the non-stop physics cum metaphysics mental machinations you're forced to take in. I'm definitely up for more of it.

If you're into hard scifi, this book is for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitley worth the read. 20 November 2015
By Andrew Balk - Published on
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Pretty good book. A bit similar to Phillip Dick's "what is actually real??" MO but with a nice scientific twist to it so it doesn't seem so contrived. I think it could have been a bit longer, but I didn't feel cheated at the end. I am usually disappointed with what passes for "hard science fiction" (ringworld, foundation) but, like the other books I've read by him, I didn't experience that with "Quarantine".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good place to start with Greg Egan's work 20 October 2013
By David S. - Published on
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This was the first Greg Egan book I ever read, after reading a review by Mitch Hamm on the now-defunct HP Palmtop SUPER site. And although I've enjoyed pretty much all of Greg Egan's books and short stories, this one is still probably my favorite. It's got mysterious godlike aliens, a hard-boiled detective searching for a missing woman, neural modifications that sound pretty cool, and a lot of quantum mechanics talk (which you don't want to rely on for an actual understanding of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics, but which still makes for a good story). Fun stuff!
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging cyberpunk detective novel 12 December 2014
By Eric - Published on
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This is my first time reading Greg Egan's work, and really enjoyed it. His main character's narration and analysis flow really nicely, even when the plot revolves around a subject that can be hard to wrap one's head around.

The conclusion was a little disappointing, but it might have been the only way to wrap up the scenario (without turning this into a radically different story, at least!). Regardless, it's still a good read.

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