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Greg Egan

Author: Karen Burnham
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2014]
Series: Modern masters of science fiction.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Greg Egan (1961- ) publishes works that challenge readers with rigorous, deeply-informed scientific speculation. He unapologetically delves into mathematics, physics, and other disciplines in his prose, putting him in the vanguard of the hard science fiction renaissance of the 1990s. A working physicist and engineer, Karen Burnham is uniquely positioned to provide an in-depth study of Egan's science-heavy oeuvre.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Greg Egan; Greg Egan; Greg Egan
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Burnham
ISBN: 9780252038419 025203841X 9780252079931 0252079930
OCLC Number: 861676379
Description: xii, 190 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Writing radical hard SF --
Ethical standards --
Identity and consciousness --
Scientific analysis --
Science and society.
Series Title: Modern masters of science fiction.
Responsibility: Karen Burnham.

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