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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  1,391 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Axiomatic is a collection of Greg Egan's short stories that appeared in various science fiction magazines (mostly Interzone and Asimov's) between 1989 and 1992. Like most of Egan's work, the stories focus on science and ideas, sometimes at the expense of the writing. But although Egan may lack a certain stylistic flare, he more than makes up for it with his wonderful visio ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by HarperPrism (first published 1995)
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Oscar
Jun 19, 2012 Oscar rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans de la ciencia ficción hard
Greg Egan, el hombre de las ideas. ‘Axiomático’, calificada como la mejor antología de relatos de ciencia ficción de los últimos 20 años (tal vez junto a ‘La historia de tu vida, de Ted Chiang), es una obra imprescindible para el aficionado. Cada uno de sus relatos contiene ideas que darían para varias novelas. No había leído nada parecido desde la Trilogía de Marte, de Kim Stanley Robinson, que incluía capítulos plagados de ideas. Tipos como estos te hacen pensar si no se habrán dado un viajeci ...more
Juan
Esta es la primera vez que leo una novela de Greg Egan y tengo que decir que la experiencia ha sido más que satisfactoria.

Axiomático esta compuesto por una colección de relatos, todos ellos de enorme calidad, que se podrían encasillar dentro de lo que se denomina ciencia ficción dura (Hard SciFi).

Como decía, el libro consta de 18 relatos, algunos mejores que otros, pero todos con una gran capacidad de provocar en el lector momentos de reflexión que te acompañan durante varias horas después de su
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Matthew Gatheringwater
Who are you, really? It isn't always easy to tell, especially when you live in a society where 18-year-olds routinely have their heads scooped out like melons and replace their brains with computers. Sure, the computer does everything the brain did and it is less likely to malfunction, but what if something does go wrong, just every now and then?

This is the premise of one of an interesting collection of stories by Greg Egan. Most of the stories have something to do with the way technology shapes
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Tom
Axiomatic is an absolutely incredible collection of hard science fiction short stories, comparable to Ted Chiang's best work. Reading this book meant being bombarded by idea after idea, challenging my imagination as well as thoroughly taxing my scientific knowledge. The biologically-leaning stories were the easiest to comprehend for me, as I have tertiary biological education. High-school physics (and my history of reading sci-fi) was enough to arm me for the rest of the stories, although some c ...more
Daniorte
Axiomático es una recopilación de relatos con la que he disfrutado tal como si fuera "Yo, robot". Cada relato es una posibilidad futura de lo mas enrevesada y en mayor o menor medida incluso plausible. Desde ciencia ficción enmarcada en la biología,los avances tecnológicos pasando incluso por los universos paralelos.

Cada relato te deja ganas de que continuara y sobretodo te deja un rato pensando y con ganas de contarle a alguien lo que acabas de leer e imaginarte si eso fuera posible. Te plantea
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Derek (Guilty of thoughtcrime)
If there's a common thread in this collection of short stories, it's "what makes me, me?"

From the opening story, in which a man travels the multiplicity of parallel universes, assassinating the people who cause breaches between them; to a pair of tales involving the use of neural implants to change what a person believes; to the stories about the Ndoli Jewel: a device that everybody has implanted in their skulls at birth, that learns everything they do, and is eventually used to replace the brai
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Leemaslibros
Voy a tener bronca con Elías por dejarme pasar tanto tiempo este libro. Alucinante.
Thom Foolery
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Aaron Arnold
Great stuff. My favorite author as a kid was Isaac Asimov, and his Foundation and Robot novels gave me a permanent appetite for books that try to take ridiculous ideas about the future as seriously as possible, factory-farmed MFA-approved "literary" qualities be damned. The average story in this collection of 18 is twenty pages long, but each one has an absurd number of nutcase ideas per page, and it's wonderful. There's no way I can summarize all of the stories so I only want to talk about two, ...more
Saretta
Raccolta di racconti piuttosto varia, molti quelli interessanti. Una buona unione tra fantascienza e concetti etici e morali che vengono trattati in ogni racconto.

The Infinite Assassin ★★★★
In una serie infinita di mondi paralleli vi sono infiniti assassini dalle probabilità di successo variabili, non tutti falliscono e non tutti portano a termine il loro compito; ma allora, si chiede il protagonista, chi sono io tra quelli?

The Hundred Light-Year Diary ★★★★
E se la propria vita fosse già stabilita
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Nicolas
Bon, je n'arriverai pas à tout faire en un coup : les nouvelles sont trop denses, et je sors trop chamboulé de chacune pour pouvoir me permettre d'attendre la fin de cette lecture. Voici donc mes avis sur chacune des nouvelles qui composent ce qui est pour moi un authentique chef d'oeuvre.

L'assassin infini

J'ai à peu près compris la base de cette histoire : dans un multivers connu, c'est-à-dire où on sait que c'est un multivers, il existe une drogue permettant de "voyager" dans les univers parall
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Charles Dee Mitchell
I might have enjoyed these stories more had I understood them.

That is a slight exaggeration. I was not completely in over my head with every story, but since Egan is known for writing the hardest of hard SF, I am sure I would have been having a different experience at times if I knew more about the physics of parallel universes or the behavior of wormholes. When Egan builds the stories around psychological or biological concepts I was on surer footing.

My favorite story was his last, “Unstable O
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Rafal Szymanski
This is a collection of some really fantastic SF stories, with the caveat that you need to be fluent in mathematics (at least two stories require knowledge of fractals, cantor sets, set theory, different types of infinities, complex systems and their attractors, strange attractors, basins of attractions, etc...) to understand them in full. Some also require knowledge of physics (which I don't have much of) and hence I probably missed a little bit on some stories. I'm not usually a fan of SF beca ...more
Benjamin
There is a lot of good stuff in this collection. Read it. Spoilers follow.

For the majority of the stories, the premise alone justifies the reader's time (The Company, Hazzard Machines, and the jewel are, to me, the three most striking examples). However, there were stories for which there both an incredible premise and a compelling narrative left me mulling over the intricacies long after I had stopped reading.

Some thoughts on individual stories follow. They should be read in the context spelled
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Volo
Chilling speculative sci-fi, at best Egan accesses psychological insecurities with great precision.
Joe Silber
A heady collection of hard sci-fi short stories mostly revolving around themes such as identity, free will, and the nature of consciousness. Egan's prose isn't the greatest, but his ideas are so unique and fascinating that the pages fly by. Some of these stories will blow you away. Highly recommended.
Kris
Fantastic read, and highly recommended for anyone who enjoys sci-fi even in the least. Most sci-fi I've read (small sample) and most collections of short stories are doing very well to get 4 stars from me, but this is easily a 5.

This is a collection of speculative, philosophical, and deep sci-fi short stories, some of which are even somewhat mathematical in their basis for the twist on the universe (not that you need to understand the math to appreciate it, but a bonus if you do). Many pose som
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Sonya Christine
A must read for hard sci-fi lovers. Mr. Egan knows his business and his ideas are mind-blowing!
John Hawkins
Greg Egan is the king of hard sci-fi. Axiomatic is one of his finest novels.
Carlos
Es una antología de relatos de ciencia ficción. Son 18 relatos, de todo tipo, los hay de la ciencia ficción más dura, más relacionados con física cuántica, e historias de un futuro no tan lejano del nuestro.
El libro me ha encantado, me parece brutal que el autor en sólo 20 páginas, consiga meterte de lleno en una historia que no podrías imaginarte antes de leerlo. Tiene mucho de ética, y de ver a lo que está llegando el ser humano.

De los relatos que cuenta, los que más me han gustado son:
- Euge
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Graham Storrs
Jul 11, 2012 Graham Storrs rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
I bought this book a while ago and I've been saving it because I love reading Greg Egan and didn't want it to be gone. Know what I mean? Anyway, I hung on so long that I began to worry. Maybe I'd misremembered how good Egan is. Maybe I was in for the mother of all disappointments.

So I started reading with some trepidation and then, half-way through the very first page, a feeling of sheer happiness spread through my body, that loosening of all tension, that relief I imagine an addict feels on tak
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Remo
No he leído mucha ciencia ficción, así que aún descubro autores que todo el mundo considera consagrados en el mundillo. Me pasó hace no mucho con los libros de David Brin, y me pasa ahora con Egan. En este libro se presentan 18 relatos de ciencia ficción en los que, curiosamente, no aparece ni una sola nave espacial. Y reconozco que algunos de ellos me han enganchado y me han tenido pensando mucho tiempo después de haberlos acabado.

Hay algunos hardcore a más no poder, como el del detective que s
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Franwatcher
Me ha encantado!

Es una antología de relatos cortos de ciencia ficción escritos por Greg Egan, los mejores que he leído en mi vida.

Es increíble como en solo 15 o 20 páginas te puedes ver sumergido en mundos que minutos antes ni eras capaz de imaginar.

Sin embargo tengo que advertir que se trata de ciencia ficción dura, no es sencillo de leer. Muchos de los relatos (no todos) te exigen mucha concentración para permanecer consciente de qué es lo que está ocurriendo, para que no te sorprendas pensand
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Anna
Necazul este că niciodată nu are loc un proces atât de simplu ca o infinitate de schimburi directe între toate versiunile de utilizator mutant care au căpătat această putere și toate versiunile care ar vrea să devină. Astfel de tranziții sunt nefavorabile din punct de vedere energetic; în practică, fiecare visător trebuie să se miște treptat, în mod continuu, trecând prin toate punctele intermediare. Dar acele "puncte" sunt ocupate de alte versiuni ale lor; este ca mișcarea printr-o mulțime - sa ...more
Hannu Tikkanen
A book full of thoughts.

Greg Egan is a man of ideas. Added to that, he is also very intelligent. Axiomatic is a splendid collection of his short stories, that all have in common the theme of human consciousness and the search for a definition of it.

What Egan does is he asks the fundamental question 'who or what am I?' Now, a bunch of philosophers have asked the same question for millennia, resulting in heaps of tricky verbal equations. Greg Egan, on the other hand, approaches this question throu
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Alexlpd
La ciencia ficción, como herramienta filosofica de introspección

Sin duda alguna uno de los grandes de la ciencia ficción, y a pesar de no haber conocido su trabajo con anterioridad, es simplemente genial.

Me gusto mucho esta selección de sus cuentos, muchos muy interesantes y surgiendo temas infinitos de cada cuento, pero el autor parece adentrarse en lo que principalmente ya conocemos, la natureleza humana, pero realmente que tanto de esta naturaleza quedará disponible, cuando ya no necesitemos
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Wayne Mccracken
Oct 13, 2014 Wayne Mccracken rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Physics buffs and hard sci-fi fans
A great introduction to Greg Egan.

In my view Egan is simply the best "hard sci-fi" author ever. Some stories are based on current "bleeding edge" science and others are bordering on fantasy. But always, they are plausible. At times he invents his own physics principles but again they are always plausible extensions of the current state of the art in physics.

Highly recommended.
Joel Howard
Most of the stories in this collection focus on the question of identity - one of the most interesting questions still left largely unanswered by modern science. "Axiomatic", "Learning To Be Me", and "A Kidnapping" were my favorites - "A Kidnapping" in particular, in which the author explores the nature of interpersonal relationships, and what it really means to have feelings "about" another person.

Watch for the paralells - Egan is a master at taking abstract ideas and drawing their physical int
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ActionScientist
I paid $25 (using the VISA credit card system) to acquire this pre-loved book on Amazon.com. Quite likely the most expensive paper-back fiction book I'll ever possess. All because a friend mentioned that the last story "Unstable Orbits in the Space of Lies" was 'the closest (mythical) description of level-3 of conciousness'. Well, I had to read it to see what he meant, the movie version would be better though .. and in the adapted scripted I'd include special mutants who move through and bounce ...more
Fábio Fernandes
This collection contain some of Greg Egan's best stories. From "The Safe-Deposit Box" and "The Hundred-Light Years Diary" to the title story, "Axiomatic", they are all superb examples of Egan's unique way of writing, building stories with strong scientific premises and sense of wonder in everyday settings.
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Greg Egan 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 transfer, sexuality, artificial intelligence, and the superiority of rational naturalism over religion.

He is a Hugo Award winner (and has been shortlisted for the Hugos three other times), an
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