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Greg Egan is a world leader in hard SF, with a critical reputation second to none. A riveting story underpinned by cutting-edge scientific extrapolation 'One of the genre's great ideas men' THE TIMES 'The universe may be stranger than we can imagine, but it's going to have a tough time outdoing Egan' NEW SCIENTIST 'It is one of Egan's great skills that he makes the passion of science appear understandable, even inevitable, to non-scientists' FOUNDATION

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Greg Egan lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has won the John W Campbell award for Best Novel and has been shortlisted for the Hugo three times.Previous titles:Schild's Ladder;Teranesia;Quarantine;Luminous;Axiomatic;Permutation City;Diaspora;Distress


This Australian author's inventive and energetic SF (Permutation City, etc.) is receiving belated but deserved recognition in the U.S. Here, in his first American hardcover, Egan imagines a near future of awe-inspiring technology and chilling Frankenscience in which Andrew Worth, science reporter (with videotaping implants) for SeeNet, must explore the mysterious disorder Distress, aka Acute Clinical Anxiety Syndrome. Worth tries to avoid that assignment by traveling to the anarcho-syndicalist bioengineered coral island of Stateless, where he will cover a conference at which Violet Mosala and other physicists will propose their versions of a Theory of Everything. Striking casual detail enriches a fascinating world distinguished by gender reassignment and five new sexes, artificial intelligence clonelets and special interest groups from technolibération to the Voluntary Autists. The plot offers both adventure and depth, with themes of information, science and human relationships interwoven in complex and often profound ways. Egan is a major voice in SF, and this impressive work should help win him the wide readership he deserves. (June)

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