Greg Egan

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Greg Egan
Infographic from Greg Egan's web site stating that he appears in no photos on the web.
Infographic from Greg Egan's web site stating that he appears in no photos on the web.[1]
BornGregory Mark Egan[2]
(1961-08-20) 20 August 1961 (age 57)[2]
Perth
OccupationWriter, former programmer[3]
NationalityAustralian
Period1983–present (as SF writer)
GenreScience fiction
Website
www.gregegan.net

Greg Egan (born 20 August 1961)[2] is an Australian science fiction writer.

Life[edit]

Egan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Western Australia.[3][4][5]

He published his first work in 1983.[6] 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 to religion. He often deals with complex technical material, like new physics and epistemology. 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.[7] 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.

Personal life[edit]

As of 2015, Egan lives in Perth. He has actively opposed asylum seekers' mandatory detention in Australia.[8] Egan is a vegetarian.[3][9]

Egan does not attend science fiction conventions,[10] does not sign books, and has stated that he appears in no photographs on the web,[1] though both SF fan sites and Google Search have at times mistakenly represented photos of other people with the same name as those of the writer.[11]

Awards[edit]

Egan is a multiple Seiun Award winner.[7]

Teranesia was named the winner of the 2000 Ditmar Award for best novel, but Egan declined the award.[7]

Works[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • 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
  • Dichronauts (2017), ISBN 1-59780-892-X
Orthogonal trilogy

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
  • Closer[12]
  • 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[30]
  • Asymptotics of 10j Symbols by John Baez, Dan Christensen and Greg Egan[31]
  • Conic-Helical Orbits of Planets around Binary Stars do not Exist by Greg Egan[32]

Short movies[edit]

The production of a short film inspired by the story "Axiomatic" commenced in 2015,[33] and the film was released online in October 2017.[34]

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. ^ a b "Photos of Greg Egan, science fiction writer". Gregegan.net. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Egan, Greg". The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
  3. ^ a b c Burnham, Karen (2014-04-30). Greg Egan. ISBN 978-0-252-07993-1. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  4. ^ Booker, M. Keith (2014-10-01). Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction in Literature. p. 98. ISBN 978-0810849389. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  5. ^ "UWA Award Verification Service". Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Bibliography". Gregegan.net. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Greg Egan". Science Fiction Awards Database (sfadb.com). Mark R. Kelly and the Locus Science Fiction Foundation. 2012–2013.
  8. ^ Egan, Greg (17 February 2005). "Letters from the forgotten - Opinion". www.theage.com.au. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  9. ^ Egan, Greg (19 October 2008). "Iran Trip Diary: Part 2, Esfahan". Gregegan.net. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  10. ^ Farr, Russell (September 1997). "Interviews". Gregegan.net. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  11. ^ Egan, Greg (24 August 2012). "Google, the Stupidity Amplifier". Gregegan.net. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  12. ^ Egan, Greg (April 1992). "Closer". eidolon.net. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  13. ^ Egan, Greg (31 December 2006). "Riding the Crocodile". Gregegan.net. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  14. ^ Egan, Greg (October 2007). "Dark Integers". Asimovs.com. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  15. ^ "Harper Voyager Books: FREE HUGO SHORT STORIES: Ken Macleod and Greg Egan". Outofthiseos.typepad.com. 27 March 2008. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  16. ^ Egan, Greg (27 January 2009). "Interzone: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Crystal Nights". TTA Press. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  17. ^ Egan, Greg (2007-10-15). "Steve Fever | MIT Technology Review". Technologyreview.com. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
  18. ^ Egan, Greg (8 August 2002). "Singleton". Gregegan.net. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  19. ^ Egan, Greg (12 November 2000). "Oracle". Gregegan.net. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  20. ^ Egan, Greg (12 April 1999). "Border Guards". Gregegan.net. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  21. ^ Egan, Greg (9 August 2000). "Only Connect". Gregegan.net. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  22. ^ Egan, Greg (1997). "Yeyuka - a short story". Infinityplus.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  23. ^ Egan, Greg (1992). "Worthless - a short story". Infinityplus.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  24. ^ Egan, Greg (29 May 2001). "Mind Vampires". Gregegan.net. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  25. ^ Egan, Greg (July 1991). "The Demon's Passage". eidolon.net. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  26. ^ Egan, Greg (December 1990). "The Vat". eidolon.net. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  27. ^ Egan, Greg (August 1990). "The Extra". eidolon.net. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  28. ^ Egan, Greg (16 May 2001). "Scatter My Ashes". Gregegan.net. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  29. ^ Alexander, Niall (12 June 2014). "Step into the Stars: Reach for Infinity, ed. Jonathan Strahan". Tor.com. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  30. ^ Christensen, J Daniel; Egan, Greg (24 January 2002). "An efficient algorithm for the Riemannian 10j symbols". Classical and Quantum Gravity. 19 (6): 1185–1194. arXiv:gr-qc/0110045. Bibcode:2002CQGra..19.1185C. doi:10.1088/0264-9381/19/6/310.
  31. ^ Baez, John C; Christensen, J Daniel; Egan, Greg (4 November 2002). "Asymptotics of 10j symbols". Classical and Quantum Gravity. 19 (24): 6489. arXiv:gr-qc/0208010. doi:10.1088/0264-9381/19/24/315.
  32. ^ Egan, Greg (19 October 2015). "Conic-Helical Orbits of Planets around Binary Stars do not Exist". Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy. 130 (130). arXiv:1510.05345. Bibcode:2018CeMDA.130....5E. doi:10.1007/s10569-017-9803-7.
  33. ^ Axiomatic on IMDb
  34. ^ "Axiomatic". Film shortage. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017.

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