Quarantine: A Novel Paperback – 1 December 2014
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About the Author
Greg Egan is a computer programmer, and the author of the acclaimed SF novels The Arrows of Time, Distress, Diaspora, Quarantine, Permutation City, and Teranesia. He has won the Hugo Award as well as the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. His short fiction has been published in a variety of places, including Interzone, Asimov’s, and Nature. He lives in Perth, Australia.
- ASIN : 1597805386
- Publisher : Night Shade Books (1 December 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781597805384
- ISBN-13 : 978-1597805384
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.52 x 22.86 cm
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This is kind of novel I wish I wrote; a detective noir cyberpunk novel, dealing with quantum mechanics.
Saying too much about the plot would be giving a lot of the fun away, so this is going to be a very hand wavey review.
The characters are well drawn, 3 dimensional people with drives, that live and breathe. There are a bunch of central mysteries that are explored throughout, and it is mostly surprising. And funny. Everything is linked, and everything is revealed.
It is a great book, exploring some deep philosophical ideas, all wrapped up in a detective story - enjoyable, clever and witty.
An exploration of the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics and what it means for the self if we can modify the functioning of our own brains.
Back in the heyday of sci-fi the stories were all about androids, weird aliens, weirder civilisations and FTL drives and the masters of the genre really knew how to grab, and keep, the reader's attention. The cover art, too, was brilliant. I'm glad I have a well stocked library of Asimov, Pohl, Harrison, Aldiss and others when I need a fix of proper sci-fi. I don't want to appear too harsh, however. I've certainly read worse, but on the other hand, I'm looking forward to reading something better.