Greg Egan

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Greg Egan
Born Gregory Mark Egan[1]
(1961-08-20) 20 August 1961 (age 52)
Perth, Western Australia
Occupation Writer, former programmer
Nationality Australian
Period 1983-present (as SF writer)
Genres Science fiction

Greg Egan (born 20 August 1961) is an Australian science fiction writer.


Egan published his first work in 1983.[2] He specialises in hard science fiction stories with mathematical and quantum ontology themes, including the nature of consciousness. Other themes include genetics, simulated reality, posthumanism, mind uploading, sexuality, artificial intelligence, and the superiority of rational naturalism over religion. He is known for his tendency to deal with complex technical material, like inventive new physics and epistemology, in an unapologetically thorough manner. He is a Hugo Award winner (with eight other works shortlisted for the Hugos) and has also won the John W Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel.[3] His early stories feature strong elements of supernatural horror.

Egan's short stories have been published in a variety of genre magazines, including regular appearances in Interzone and Asimov's Science Fiction.

Egan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Western Australia, and currently lives in Perth. He has recently been active on the issue of asylum seekers' mandatory detention in Australia.[4] Egan is a vegetarian.[5]

Egan does not attend science fiction conventions,[6] does not sign books, and appears in no photographs on the Web,[7] though both SF fan sites and Google Search[8] have at times mistakenly represented photos of other people with the same name as being of the writer.



Orthogonal trilogy
Main article: Orthogonal (novel)


  • The Infinite Assassin
  • The Hundred Light-Year Diary
  • Eugene
  • The Caress
  • Blood Sisters
  • Axiomatic
  • The Safe-Deposit Box
  • Seeing
  • A Kidnapping
  • Learning to Be Me
  • The Moat
  • The Walk
  • The Cutie
  • Into Darkness
  • Appropriate Love
  • The Moral Virologist
  • Closer
  • Unstable Orbits in the Space of Lies
Our Lady Of Chernobyl
  • Chaff
  • Beyond the Whistle Test
  • Transition Dreams
  • Our Lady of Chernobyl
  • Chaff
  • Mitochondrial Eve
  • Luminous
  • Mister Volition
  • Cocoon
  • Transition Dreams
  • Silver Fire
  • Reasons to Be Cheerful
  • Our Lady of Chernobyl
  • The Planck Dive
Dark Integers and Other Stories
Crystal Nights and Other Stories

Other short fiction[edit]

Academic papers[edit]


Egan is a multiple Seiun Award winner[3]

Teranesia was named winner of the 2000 Ditmar Award for best novel but Egan declined the award.[3]

Usenet newsgroups[edit]

Egan occasionally contributes posts to a variety of (mostly scientific and/or technical) Usenet newsgroups, using his own name. From December 1994 to September 1999 he contributed regularly to the group rec.arts.sf.written, where he engaged in dialogue with his readers about his work, and science fiction in general.


  1. ^ Greg Egan at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2013-09-26. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
  2. ^ Bibliography
  3. ^ a b c d e "Greg Egan". Science Fiction Awards Database ( Mark R. Kelly and the Locus Science Fiction Foundation. 2012–2013. Retrieved 2013-09-26.
  4. ^ Commentary on the issue of mandatory detention in The Age newspaper
  5. ^ Iran Trip Diary
  6. ^ Interviews
  7. ^ Photos of Greg Egan
  8. ^ Google, the Stupidity Amplifier
  9. ^ Singleton introduced the concept of the Qusp, which was later used in the novel Schild's Ladder.
  10. ^ Wang refers to the mathematician Hao Wang – the carpets are living embodiments of Wang tiles. This story, minorly reworked, became a section of the novel Diaspora.
  11. ^ Dust was incorporated into the novel Permutation City as the first few chapters in one narrative thread.
  12. ^ Event symmetry note on Egan's Dust Theory

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