|Born||Gregory Mark Egan
20 August 1961
Perth, Western Australia
|Occupation||Writer, former programmer|
|Period||1983-present (as SF writer)|
Egan published his first work in 1983. 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. His early stories feature strong elements of supernatural horror.
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. Egan is a vegetarian.
Egan does not attend science fiction conventions, does not sign books, and appears in no photographs on the Web, though both SF fan sites and Google Search have at times mistakenly represented photos of other people with the same name as being of the writer.
- An Unusual Angle (1983), ISBN 0-909106-12-6
- Quarantine (1992), ISBN 0-7126-9870-1
- Permutation City (1994), ISBN 1-85798-174-X
- Distress (1995), ISBN 1-85798-286-X
- Diaspora (1997), ISBN 1-85798-438-2
- Teranesia (1999), ISBN 0-575-06854-X
- Schild's Ladder (2002), ISBN 0-575-07068-4
- Incandescence (2008), ISBN 1-59780-128-3
- Zendegi (2010), ISBN 978-1-59780-174-4
- Orthogonal trilogy
- The Clockwork Rocket (2011), ISBN 978-1-59780-227-7
- The Eternal Flame (2012), ISBN 978-1-59780-293-2
- The Arrows of Time (2013), ISBN 978-0-575-10576-8
- Axiomatic (1995), ISBN 1-85798-281-9
- Our Lady of Chernobyl (1995), ISBN 0-646-23230-4
- Luminous (1998), ISBN 1-85798-551-6
- Dark Integers and Other Stories (2008), ISBN 978-1-59606-155-2
- Crystal Nights and Other Stories (2009), ISBN 978-1-59606-240-5
- Oceanic (2009), ISBN 978-0-575-08652-4
Other short fiction
- Only Connect
- Mind Vampires
- Neighbourhood Watch
- Wang's Carpets
- Reification Highway
- The Demon's Passage
- In Numbers
- The Vat
- The Extra
- Beyond the Whistle Test
- Scatter My Ashes
- Tangled Up
- The Way She Smiles, The Things She Says
- An Efficient Algorithm for the Riemannian 10j Symbols by Dan Christensen and Greg Egan
- Asymptotics of 10j Symbols by John Baez, Dan Christensen and Greg Egan
- Permutation City: John W. Campbell Memorial Award (1995)
- Oceanic: Hugo Award, Locus Award, Asimov's Readers Award (1999)
- Distress: Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis as Best Foreign Fiction (2000)
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.
- 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.
- "Greg Egan". Science Fiction Awards Database (sfadb.com). Mark R. Kelly and the Locus Science Fiction Foundation. 2012–2013. Retrieved 2013-09-26.
- Commentary on the issue of mandatory detention in The Age newspaper
- Iran Trip Diary
- Photos of Greg Egan
- Google, the Stupidity Amplifier
- Singleton introduced the concept of the Qusp, which was later used in the novel Schild's Ladder.
- 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.
- Dust was incorporated into the novel Permutation City as the first few chapters in one narrative thread.
- Event symmetry note on Egan's Dust Theory
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- Official website
- Video on Vimeo
- Works Online
- Greg Egan at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Greg Egan at Library of Congress Authorities — with 11 catalog records