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Born: Established: 1961 Perth, Western Australia, ;
Gender: Male
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Greg Egan is a science fiction author who has a degree in mathematics. He previously worked as a computer programmer, but began to write full-time in 1992. His short stories and novels have been published internationally and won numerous awards. He has been strongly involved in the refugee support movement, particularly during the period 2002 to 2006.

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y separately published work icon The Best of Greg Egan Michigan : Subterranean Press , 2019 19457849 2019 selected work short story

'Greg Egan is arguably Australia’s greatest living science fiction writer. In a career spanning more than thirty years, he has produced a steady stream of novels and stories that address a wide range of scientific and philosophical concerns: artificial intelligence, higher mathematics, science vs religion, the nature of consciousness, and the impact of technology on the human personality. All these ideas and more find their way into this generous and illuminating collection, the clear product of a man who is both a master storyteller and a rigorous, exploratory thinker.

'The Best of Greg Egan contains twenty stories and novellas arranged in chronological order, and each of them is a brilliantly conceived, painstakingly developed gem. The book opens with “Learning to be Me,” about a society in which the organic human brain can be replaced by a miraculous piece of technology called “the jewel,” a “mock brain” that confers, among other things, a kind of immortality on its recipients. “Bit Players”—the opening movement in a trio of tales that continues with “3-adica” and “Instantiation”—posits a world in which cheaply generated software beings are exploited for the basest commercial purposes. (Other sets of interconnected stories—all of them reprinted here—include the mathematically-themed “Luminous” and “Dark Integers,” and a pair of stories centered on the complex marriage of a physicist and a mathematician: “Singleton” and “Oracle.”) “Reasons to be Cheerful,” concerns a young boy whose brain tumor has an unexpected effect on his life, moods, and view of the world. “Axiomatic” tells the story of a society in which “implants” can be used to alter the human personality, with potentially lethal results. And the Hugo Award-winning novella “Oceanic” is a powerful account of a boy whose deeply held religious beliefs are undermined by what he comes to learn about the laws of the physical world.

'This book really does represent the best of Greg Egan, and it therefore takes its place among the best of contemporary SF. Startling, intelligent and always hugely entertaining, it provides an ideal introduction to one of the most accomplished and original writers working today. This is an important and provocative collection, and it deserves a place on the serious science fiction reader’s permanent shelf.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 finalist International Awards Locus Awards Collection
y separately published work icon Oceanic London : Gollancz , 2009 Z1614734 2009 selected work novella short story science fiction

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

In these 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 fractional 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 centre of his life, but as an adult he must face evidence that casts a new light on his faith.

Oceanic: travel into the worlds of the future in the hands of a master craftsman. (Publisher's blurb)

2009 winner Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Best Collection Egan declined to accept this award.
Dark Integers 2007 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Asimov's Science Fiction , October/November 2007; Dark Integers and Other Stories 2008; (p. 103-148) Oceanic 2009; (p. 32-78)

— Appears in: Oceanic 2009; (p. 51-108)
2008 shortlisted International Awards Hugo Award Best Novelette
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