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Wang's Carpets

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Far in the distant, post-human future, the Cater-Zimmermann community set out to refute the theory that the universe is created exclusively for mankind by cloning themselves a thousand times over and sending each copy to a different star within the galaxy. One of the copies of Cater-Zimmermann, Paolo Venetti, arrives at Orpheus; a water-world inhabited by floating mats tha ...more
ebook, 35 pages
Published November 15th 2012 by Robinson Publishing (first published May 1995)
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Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, science-fiction
Synopsis: Humans are now virtualized, and can materialize in any wished form. One suche colony sends out their clones on a mission to find life in the galaxy and to proof their understatement that the universe was NOT created solely for mankind. The main protagonist’s voyage leads to planet Orpheus, circling the star Vega, finding life in form of large carpets in the ocean. A longer discussion between “wait for a couple millenia” or “risk the danger of contamination for a closer analysis” leads ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Una novelilla corta increible. No me extraña que después haya libro por todos los conceptos que plantea. Transhumanismo a tope.
Peter Tillman
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
2019 reread. I liked it much better this time. And I was just struck, reading an article in SciAm on the Ediacaran fauna, that Egan likely modeled his alien critters on Dickinsonia, , first found in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. They got pretty big, up to a meter in diameter, and are still enigmatic. SFAIK they aren't thought to be Turing machines! But their bodies show fractal architecture, and they are among the first well-preserved fossil ani ...more
Nelson Minar
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read in an anthology. Excellent short story on the existential despair of a transhumanist future devolving in to solipsism. Also fun speculative hard sci-fi.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Another mind bending work from Greg Egan .
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
much too confusing for me and i found the excessive use of technobabble borderline insulting
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Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm not smart enough for this story. There was too much work looking up words. ...more
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WANG'S CARPET IS an example of the science fiction short story at its finest. I won't call it quintessential, because I feel the reader may need an advanced degree in quantum-astro-mathematics to fully comprehend the story's staggering finale.

But i certainly felt inspired by it, and encouraged to not only read more works by the author (obviously) but also to study up on the topics discussed herein. Which I guess is the whole point. *grins*

So back to the story itself... A compelling opening leads
Ann Rivera
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
An interesting and provocative read. Egan creates a world that interrogates questions of humanity and perception through his depiction of a posthuman society looking for alien life.
Lots of interesting ideas, but I would recommend this story for fans of (very) hard science fiction only!
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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.

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