Greg Egan

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Greg Egan
Born Gregory Mark Egan
(1961-08-20) 20 August 1961 (age 53)
Perth
Occupation Writer, former programmer
Nationality Australian
Period 1983-present (as SF writer)
Genre Science fiction
Website
www.gregegan.net

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

Life[edit]

Egan published his first work in 1983.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] Egan is a vegetarian.[4]

Egan does not attend science fiction conventions,[5] does not sign books, and appears in no photographs on the Web,[6] though both SF fan sites and Google Search[7] have at times mistakenly represented photos of other people with the same name as being of the writer.

Works[edit]

Novels[edit]

Orthogonal trilogy
Main article: Orthogonal (novel)

Collections[edit]

Axiomatic (1995), ISBN 1-85798-281-9

  • 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[8]
  • Closer[9]
  • Unstable Orbits in the Space of Lies

Our Lady of Chernobyl (1995), ISBN 0-646-23230-4

  • Chaff
  • Beyond the Whistle Test
  • Transition Dreams
  • Our Lady of Chernobyl

Luminous (1998), ISBN 1-85798-551-6

  • 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 (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

  • Lost Continent
  • Dark Integers
  • Crystal Nights
  • Steve Fever
  • Induction
  • Singleton
  • Oracle
  • Border Guards
  • Riding the Crocodile
  • Glory
  • Hot Rock
  • Oceanic

Other short fiction[edit]

Academic papers[edit]

  • An Efficient Algorithm for the Riemannian 10j Symbols by Dan Christensen and Greg Egan[26]
  • Asymptotics of 10j Symbols by John Baez, Dan Christensen and Greg Egan[27]

Awards[edit]

Egan is a multiple Seiun Award winner[2]

Teranesia was named winner of the 2000 Ditmar Award for best novel but Egan declined the award.[2]

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.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Singleton introduced the concept of the Qusp, which was later used in the novel Schild's Ladder.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Dust was incorporated into the novel Permutation City as the first few chapters in one narrative thread.
  4. ^ Event symmetry note on Egan's Dust Theory

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bibliography". Gregegan.net. August 7, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Greg Egan". Science Fiction Awards Database (sfadb.com). Mark R. Kelly and the Locus Science Fiction Foundation. 2012–2013.
  3. ^ Egan, Greg (February 17, 2005). "Letters from the forgotten - Opinion". www.theage.com.au. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ Egan, Greg (October 19, 2008). "Iran Trip Diary: Part 2, Esfahan". Gregegan.net. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  5. ^ Farr, Russell (September 1997). "Interviews". Gregegan.net. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Photos of Greg Egan, science fiction writer". Gregegan.net. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ Egan, Greg (August 24, 2012). "Google, the Stupidity Amplifier". Gregegan.net. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ Egan, Greg (January 1993). "The Moral Virologist". eidolon.net. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ Egan, Greg (April 1992). "Closer". eidolon.net. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ Egan, Greg (December 31, 2006). "Riding the Crocodile". Gregegan.net. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  11. ^ Egan, Greg (October 2007). "Dark Integers". Asimovs.com. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Harper Voyager Books: FREE HUGO SHORT STORIES: Ken Macleod and Greg Egan". Outofthiseos.typepad.com. March 27, 2008. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  13. ^ Egan, Greg (January 27, 2009). "Interzone: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Crystal Nights". TTA Press. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  14. ^ Egan, Greg (2007-10-15). "Steve Fever | MIT Technology Review". Technologyreview.com. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  15. ^ Egan, Greg (August 8, 2002). "Singleton". Gregegan.net. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  16. ^ Egan, Greg (November 12, 2000). "Oracle". Gregegan.net. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  17. ^ Egan, Greg (April 12, 1999). "Border Guards". Gregegan.net. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  18. ^ Egan, Greg (August 9, 2000). "Only Connect". Gregegan.net. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  19. ^ Egan, Greg (1997). "Yeyuka - a short story". Infinityplus.co.uk. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  20. ^ Egan, Greg (1992). "Worthless - a short story". Infinityplus.co.uk. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  21. ^ Egan, Greg (May 29, 2001). "Mind Vampires". Gregegan.net. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  22. ^ Egan, Greg (July 1991). "The Demon's Passage". eidolon.net. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  23. ^ Egan, Greg (December 1990). "The Vat". eidolon.net. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  24. ^ Egan, Greg (August 1990). "The Extra". eidolon.net. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  25. ^ Egan, Greg (May 16, 2001). "Scatter My Ashes". Gregegan.net. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  26. ^ "[gr-qc/0110045] An efficient algorithm for the Riemannian 10j symbols". Arxiv.org. January 24, 2002. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  27. ^ "[gr-qc/0208010] Asymptotics of 10j symbols". Arxiv.org. November 4, 2002. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 

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