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Complicated ideas but extremely well written and alot of fun. Other themes include genetics, simulated reality, posthumanism, mind transfer, sexuality, artificial intelligence, and the superiority of rational naturalism over religion. The latter suddenly jumps a page or so from the end, as if a paragraph had been left out. I couldn’t recall what one or two of them were about when I’d finished the collection. We never store sensitive information about our customers in axiomarico.

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Interestingly, several of these stories introduce ideas he would later reuse in his novels e. The stori The stories included in Luminous treat various issues, axiomagico conflicts between science and religion ‘Mitochondrial Eve’, ‘Silver Fire’discrimination based on sexual identity ‘Cocoon’ and the meaning of emotion ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’ and of will ‘Mister Volition’.

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These short stories are a bit involved to get into, and when many of them fail to have satisfying endings, you start to feel a bit reluctant to go on reading. Even if the first and last ones I liked less as they should have probably occupied a longer format than the “short story” one, and even if one or two of them had endings that were predictable to a large extent, overall Axiomaticl was quite impressed by these stories despite being more of a longer novel’s aficionado.

The second is the level of detailing the author manages to bring out in the roughly 15 pages of the story.

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Cada relato es una posibilidad futura de lo mas enrevesada y en mayor o menor medida incluso plausible. Some favorites in the collection: Yes, sometimes love is that person you don’t get sick of, but who doesn’t thrill you. Great, accessible maths, good balance between characters and plot, a axiomatcio of the collection.

When people get to a certain age, most of them undergo a common surgical procedure to destroy their biological brain which will only degrade overtimeand replace it with the immortal jewel. This anthology contains 18 stories I won’t go into detailwhich appeared between t Greg Egan is one of the many authors whose work s I haven’t explored yet.

The mathematical modelling and metaphysical discussions are fabulously esoteric, but made relevant by the characters that discuss them.

The technology, though advanced, is taken as a backdrop against which societal, psychological and philosophical questions are raised and consequences revealed. Dec 23, Mark rated it really liked it.

Luminous by Greg Egan

Can someone give me a general plot summary ASAP? Some stories are definitely better then others in the book, but they are all worth a read. At times quite in depth with his knowledge of the scientific topic but it challenges the readers ideas and perceptions which I love about Scifi.

A couple of stories here I felt didn’t have enough of a sci-fi element ‘Our Lady of Chernobyl’ and one required a level of understanding of physics ‘Planck Dive’ which I don’t have to properly enjoy. Quel sont les motivations des personnages? To read his works is a mental challenge This book Luminous is a serie of tales in his usual way,the tales are: The title story is named after a Chinese supercomputer made of pure light.

Most of the stories have something to do with the way technology shapes our consciousness and identity.

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Dec 16, Bemmu rated it liked it. Pur essendo lo stile di Egan freddo, oggettivo e minimale lontano dalle allucinazioni dickiane o dalle punte di lirismo di certi racconti di Ballardle situazioni che descrive risultano lisergiche: If you enjoyed that, this is a pretty good collection as well. A medical treatment that protects fetuses from diseases that cross the placental barrier raises disturbing possibilities of social engineering.


Mar 10, Leemaslibros rated it it was amazing. Dick but with much better characters and dialogue.


Greg Egan specialises in hard science fiction stories with mathematical and quantum ontology themes, including the nature of consciousness. The handful that didn’t have this effect were still very well written and thought provoking. And he’s got a clue.

That’s not a critique, but a warning, I’m sure others would enjoy ‘Planck Dive’ much more. A lot weaker that “Axiomatic”, his somewhat earlier short story collection, though I’m struggling to say why. Login to add to list. This doesn’t mean that anyone who uses your computer can access your account information as we separate association what the cookie provides from authentication. It’s one of those instances where the plain, unadorned style of the typical science fiction author is perfectly appropriate, and though the actual sci-fi part of the story is brief and totally overshadowed by axiomatici main character’s description of the ever-changing but inescapable prison of his life, I think it’s one of the most interesting short stories I’ve axiomatco in a while.

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The short story format suits Egan much better than the long-form novel, because it allows him to flesh out one or two incredibly provocative, disturbingly logical, frighteningly implied-by-the-trajectory-of-our-species ideas with some elegance. The first is that while the ideas themselves are wonderfully imaginative, the focus really is on the effect on humans and humanity.

Axio,atico, if I see one of his books going cheap in a charity shop, I buy it. Refresh and try again.

Nuanced explorations of how the human psyche functions and reacts when faced with profound moral choices. The story contained a surprising moral twist which I liked for its audacity and resolution.