Crystal Nights and Other Stories
The nine stories in Greg Egan's new collection range from parables of contemporary human conflict and ambition to far-future tales of our immortal descendants.
In "Lost Continent," a time traveler seeking refuge from a war-torn land faces hostility and bureaucratic incompetence. "Crystal Nights" portrays a driven man's moral compromises as he chases an elusive technological breakthrough, while in "Steve Fever" the technology itself falls victim to its own hype.
"TAP" brings us a new kind of poetry, where a word is more powerful than a thousand images. "Singleton" shows us a new kind of child, born of human DNA modeled in a quantum computerwho, in "Oracle," journeys to a parallel world to repay a debt to an intellectual ancestor.
"Induction" chronicles the methods and motives behind humanity's first steps to the stars. "Border Guards" reflects on the painful history of a tranquil utopia. And in the final story, "Hot Rock," two immortal citizens of the galaxy-spanning Amalgam find that an obscure, sunless world conceals mind-spinning technological marvels, bitter factional struggles, and a many-layered secret history.
Greg Egan is the author of seven novels and over fifty short stories. He is a winner of the Hugo Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.
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Review: Crystal Nights and Other StoriesUser Review - Alea Teeters - Goodreads
Most of the setups were phenomenal. Follow through varied: one was amazing, most were pretty good, and one ending was a terribly over-moralizing cop-out. Overall, I was intrigued by the imagination coupled with hard science. Read full review
Review: Crystal Nights and Other StoriesUser Review - Jack - Goodreads
Egan is easily my favorite hard-sf novelist. Here he is shining in shorter lengths, too. Read full review