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Crystal nights and other stories

Author: Greg Egan
Publisher: Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st ed
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Science fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Greg Egan
ISBN: 9781596062405 1596062401
OCLC Number: 297149582
Description: 310 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Lost continent --
Crystal nights --
Steve fever --
Tap --
Induction --
Singleton --
Oracle --
Border guards --
Hot rock.
Responsibility: Greg Egan.

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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 computer who, 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.

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