The Amalgam spans nearly the entire galaxy, and is composed of innumerable beings from a wild variety of races, some human or near it, some entirely other. The one place that they cannot go is the bulge, the bright, hot center of the gal...more
Greg Egan continues to write about the far far future in an intelligent thoughtful creative manner.
On the other hand, you have to be ready to deal with things like a large portion of the narrative of this book focusing on the discovery of newton/einsteinian laws of motion and relativity by an alien race. What made it more annoying to me was that all the terms were made up. So you have to remember that template mathematics means... algebra? and memorize (if you are real...more
It comes pretty close to a lyrical exploration of the physics of the General Theory of Relativity.
Not knowing much of the physics, I found some of it a little hard to follow, but overall it was fun, and it looks like on the author's webpage www.gregegan.net there's some nice supplemental material to help understand what's going on.
I'd heartily recommend the book to anyone with an interest in physics, but even ignoring that, it was still a fun, beautiful...more
I don't think much of an interest in physics or math is needed to follow the narrative or understand what's going on. Certainly no education beyond high school and popular movies is required. An interest in geometry and the history of physics would however definitely make the book more interesting.
It seems many readers were either put off or very impressed because some characters are scientists and a small part of the book narrates their work in simple terms. While that...more
There is a decent story (lost alie...more
Incandescence is a textbook example of all three kinds of hard—the textbook in this case being something like Rediscovering Classical and Relativistic Physics. If extended descriptions of orbital mechanics and exposition about f=ma, thinly leavened with characteri...more
Perché il libro di Egan questo è, e nient...more
It's almost impossible to imagine a galaxy-spanning civilization in a universe still bounded by the absolute limitation of the speed of light, but Egan manages to do it, and do it well. Yet, the galactic civilization is almost a throwaway in this tale. The true story is about a microcosmic society in a hidden backwater.
The people of the Splinter (from the start, clearly recognizable as some kind of orbital habitat) are clearly post-apocalyptic, their scie...more
All critics who considered Incandescence were fascinated by it. They loved Egan's descriptions of a galaxy-spanning, posthuman civilization and the intellectual acrobatics necessary to understand how bugs on a splinter of rock think about their universe. But as with many of Egan's books, one's enjoyment may not be complete unless one can keep up with the physics, of which there is no shortage. "Especially when he's showing how Roi's people derive what amounts to Einstein's theory of relativity i...more
At the core of the galaxy live the mysterious Aloof, who have rejected any attempts by the Amalgan to expand into their territory. The Aloof allow the Almalgam to travel through their territory, but not to stop.
Rakesh is a bored member of th...more
Certo se lo scrittore fosse Jostein Gaarder potrebbe scrivere "il mondo di Sofia", se lo scrittore fosse Oliver Sacks potrebbe unire l'alta cultura medico scientifica alla narrativa e al saggio antropologico, se fosse Robert Gilmore potrebbe ambientare Alice nel mondo della fisica quantistica, ...
ma se non e', perche' ammorbare l...more
"instead of things like left/right, inward/outward, or even +x/-x, there is garm/sard, rarb/sharq and shomal/junub"
-- Stephen Cass http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/sci...
"The directions within the Splinter are:
���garm = closer to the Hub (the unknown object that the Splinter orbits) / sard = further from the Hub;
���rarb = the direction that the Splinter orbits / sharq = opposite the direction that the Splinter orbi...more
My other issue with the novel is surely my fault in understanding, but I simply cannot glean the connection between t...more
In the other thread, two travellers are invited to enter the territory of the...more
And then he ends the story with little resolution, the two plot-lines never actually coming together, and nothing feeling complete.
Sadly, it seems Egan peaked with Diaspora and has never really managed to g...more
There's also a second plot thread involving a pair of explorers millions of years in the future, which adds some background to the alien's world. The two plots don't really seem to come together, though Wikipedia claims I'm missing something. I dunno.
He is a Hugo Award winner (and has been shortlisted for the Hugos three other times), an...more