'After the birth of her first child Jo van der Walt, the young wife of a South African sheep farmer, discovers she is going deaf. Its effects on her life, in particular on her relationship with her husband Kobie, are serious. But when, through the help of Rob Stirling, an Australian doctor, a 'miracle' cure is achieved it comes back like a boomerang into the lives of Jo, Kobie and Rob. The stage is set for an explosive situation.'
Source: Bibliophile BookbaseWeg der entscheidung : roman Munich : Wilhelm Heyne , 1975
Distress is 'set in 2055 when the centre of Sydney is virtually deserted, as most work and entertainment is conducted at home via broadband optical fibre networks. Egan's main character, science journalist Andrew Worth, is sent to 'Stateless', a bioengineered Pacific coral island to interview a South African Nobel Prize winner who is intending to reveal a major breakthrough in human comprehension techniques. Various competing interests, however, descend on the island and Worth becomes an unwitting agent of change. Biotechnology implants, quantum physics, voluntary autism and mutant cholera are just some of the ingredients mixed into the mystery of who wishes to kill the Nobel Laureate, and for what purpose' (Colin Steele, SF Commentary No 77, p.54).Qual: Roman Munich : Wilhelm Heyne , 1999