The long-awaited new audiobook from Greg Egan! Hugo Award-winning author Egan returns to the field with Incandescence, a new novel of hard SF. The long-awaited new novel from Greg Egan! Hugo Award-winning author Egan returns to the field with Incandescence, a new novel of hard SF. The Amalgam. Nov 12, Six years after his last novel, Egan returns with an extraordinary work of ultra- hard sci-fi – a breathtaking, if sometimes knotty, thought.

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What follows is an Eganesque development of physics, from Galileo to Newton to Einstein, in the language and frame of reference of these very alien beings.

I don’t think Egan did enough of that, so it was too easy to glide past a lot of the physics derivation. Incandescence by Greg Egan. Love the cover art. June 10, at 7: Jan 13, Price rated it did not like it.

The civilization had no way of fleeing; the best they could come up with in the limited time they had and with their alien value system was to engineer a new species and an environment for that species that could handle the Bulge, and that would be their legacy in the cosmos.

The end of the book was both surprising and very satisfying. So the Splinterites became the Aloof! The book actually had me with the first couple of sentences: I liked the book for the most part, though much if it was pretty tedious. I am not a fan of books where the characters are little more than a device to explain the science in detail, but again with Egan, it was worth it. The book encourages you to do this because some characters are explicitely trying to make sense of some stuff and succeed.

Since Egan puts the Arkdwellers in a resource-poor environment, they offer less scope for adventure and too much for Egan’s tendency to give physics lectures. I just finished the book. We don’t know if one occurs in the past or future of the other, or even if they end up in the same place, since some small mention is made of the fact that the setting they both end up in may have been duplicated by the original makers.


In fact the Splinter-bugs come across as ciphers through which Egan rehearses the process by which scientists undertake experiment after experiment in order to move closer to the truth. But they still made much of the book a good bit less believable from my perspective.


However, I do still think that there is significant beauty in this nook and to a certain extent I feel that criticising the book for being all about bugs doing maths is a bit like saying that Jane Austen’s novels are all about women incandsscence posh dresses getting married. The ark that Rakesh finds is happily orbiting a neutron star, just like it is supposed to. This is what we find: He had not imagined the claim about the Ark; the telescope’s report had entered his skull and the discovery had seeped into incandescende dream’s scenario.

A much misunderstood book. It’s riff on Robert Forward’s “Dragon’s Egg”. I assumed it was because of the people who travelled through the galactic centre. Roi is a member of that lost race, which is not only lost to the Amalgam, but lost to itself.

Incandescence by Greg Egan

I can’t believe that I was the only one. Egan’s account of the loneliness of the intellectual life is probably some of his most delicate and moving writing and it’s there if you’re looking to see the trees for the wood. Presumably because the curvature of space was obvious to them from the start while it took us until the 20th century to notice ittheir mathematical physics developed very differently from our own.

I didn’t think the relationship between the two threads was too subtle. The novel follows a fairly standard structure that alternates between 2 disparate stories that eventually merge. The more Roi and Zak discover about their world, the more it becomes apparent they need to learn even more in order to save it from impending disaster. When I finally read the final page, I nearly cried. The main issue I had with the book is the super-advanced far-future utopian multi-culti society.


There’s just no time for it in this novel’s scale pages. It is a desire to communicate a large quantity of information in as efficient a manner as possible. The Amalgam is my favorite SF universe so I’ll give it a go!

Nov 12, Paul Bard rated it liked it. Roi approached them to inspect their offerings. They travel by transmission into the centre of the galaxy, territory held by the aptly named “Aloof”.

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The importance of accurate measuring comes to the fore. Become a Redditor and subscribe to one of thousands of communities.

Portraying this kind of thing is fraught with issues and I don’t like Egan’s rendition.

High-flying literary SF with lots of made-up words is great if done well e. It comes pretty close to a lyrical exploration of the physics of the General Theory of Relativity. That part is only useful if you want to do the math along with the aliens the narrative only mentions a few important numbers and how taxing the calculations were or check their work against our physics.

The people of the Splinter from the start, clearly recognizable as some kind of orbital habitat are clearly post-apocalyptic, their scie Brilliant. The first follows two citizens of the Amalgam, a Milky Way -spanning civilisation, investigating the origin of DNA found on a meteor by the Aloof. If there’s really little more to discover and achieve, why not play?

None of this keeps your review from being very funny, incandescejce. It was only halfway through the measurement, when the times for the successive ean were beginning to diverge from those she’d seen before for this part of the band, that it struck her that she should have noticed this bright object before.