Luminous (story collection)

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First edition (publ. Millennium)

Luminous is a collection of short science fiction stories by Greg Egan.

Luminous contains the following short stories.

  • Chaff — An agent is sent to kill a geneticist who is working in a drug lord-controlled stronghold in the jungles of Colombia, and working on important brain-altering research.
  • Mitochondrial Eve — An organisation is trying to trace a common maternal ancestor for recent humanity.
  • Luminous — A pair of researchers find a defect in mathematics, where an assertion (X) leads to a contradictory assertion (not X) after a long but finite series of steps. Using a powerful virtual computer made of light beams (Luminous), they are able to map and shape the boundary between the near-side and far-side mathematics, leading to a showdown with real consequences in the physical universe.
  • Mister Volition
  • Cocoon
  • Transition Dreams
  • Silver Fire
  • Reasons To Be Cheerful — A boy discovers he has a serious brain tumour, which was causing him to be amazingly happy. With it removed, he becomes despondent, and undergoes a new and extensive treatment eventually, with a form of brain network, to try to get back to a more useful life many years later.
  • Our Lady Of Chernobyl — A man is hired to find a radioactive religious icon. The search turns deadly.
  • The Planck Dive

ISBN 1-85798-573-7

The title story has since seen a sequel entitled Dark Integers. The sequel was published in the October/November 2007 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction.