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Incandescence The long awaited new novel from Greg Egan Hugo Award winning author Egan returns to the field with Incandescence a new novel of hard SF The Amalgam spans nearly the entire galaxy and is composed of

  • Title: Incandescence
  • Author: Greg Egan
  • ISBN: 9780575081628
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The long awaited new novel from Greg Egan Hugo Award winning author Egan returns to the field with Incandescence, a new novel of hard SF.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 galThe long awaited new novel from Greg Egan Hugo Award winning author Egan returns to the field with Incandescence, a new novel of hard SF.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 galaxy There dwell the Aloof, who for millions of years have deflected any and all attempts to communicate with or visit them So when Rakesh is offered an opportunity to travel within their sphere, in search of a lost race, he cannot turn it down.Roi is a member of that lost race, which is not only lost to the Amalgam, but lost to itself In their world, there is but toil, and history and science are luxuries that they can ill afford.Rakesh s journey will take him across millennia and light years Roi s will take her across vistas of learning and discovery just as vast.

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    1. 2.5 StarsI love Greg Egan. I love his hard science fiction. I enjoy his near lecture style of his novels. Unfortunately, this book left me unable to bond with any of the characters. I kept putting this book down do to how slow I felt that it was going. As a result of start up and start again, I really lost most of this novel. I skim read, blanked out, and totally forgot things as I went along.Oh well, I will reread this another day if I decide to give it a second chance.

    2. Much like Diaspora, Incandescence is more of a fictional treatise on esoteric ideas than it is a novel. A loosely convergent tale of two plots, Incandescence is a showcase of Greg Egan's ability to think big--really, hugely, mindbogglingly big. Once again, Egan sidesteps the traditional boundaries of consciousness and identity. There is nary a human to be seen in this book--personalities descended from DNA, yes, but nothing we could call humanity. Incandescence is posthuman to a very literal deg [...]

    3. Maybe 3 and a half starsGreg 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 really int [...]

    4. I really enjoyed this book. Greg Egan is the master of not only creating science fiction, but full fledged fictional histories of science, or fictional science. The main scientific point driving this story is the question, "Could General Relativity be rediscovered through a completely different set of ideas by a technologically unsophisticated culture?" The answer is a masterfully crafted "Yes!" which will keep the true fans of science wanting for more.Of course, a fictional history of science a [...]

    5. (3.5 stars would be a better rating)Egan's tale of an alien species, in the process of cultural transcendence triggered by resolute need, is really interesting. It's hard to complain about characterization when you're reading about aliens, their thoughts, actions and words, but Egan did a fairly good job with that. While the tiny world of the aliens, the Splinter, is fairly simplistic, I was 90% of the way through the story before I really had a good picture in my mind about its nature. Whether [...]

    6. This is the hardest SciFi I've ever read.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 gregegan 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 book.I d [...]

    7. The POV’s of the two alternating narratives that comprise this novel are so wildly different in style, that it feels like two separate authors are at work. One follows a restless citizen of a far future galactic civilization on a quest to discover something, anything, new and mysterious in the aseptically tame society he inhabits. The other narrative observes an alien species in an environment wildly different than our own discovering fundamental physics on their own terms under the threat of [...]

    8. Brilliant. Hard SF at its absolute best. 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 [...]

    9. I am very much a fan of Greg Egan's hard scifi. Here he presents us with two stages in the development of society and intelligence. One world that has reached, discovered and understood all there is, and struggles with finding balance and reason to live their eternal lifes. And one that is just in the process of awakening and developing a thirst for knowledge (or so it seems). The story of the inhabitants of the splinter feels like a visit to a more substantial version of Abbott's Flatland. Even [...]

    10. I was a little skeptical of this one at first, owing to some of the reviews saying it's just a bunch of boring physics lessons. Well yes, but no. Imagine what it would be like to hear Galileo, Newton, Bohr, Einstein, and Feynman all going at it in the same room. All working together, and moreover gifted with a fortuitous vantage point that allows them to conduct experiments and gain direct insight into phenomena within hours with simple instruments that took humanity hundreds of years and the he [...]

    11. Oh, Yeah! This is what I’ve been looking for: hard science fiction which clamps on to you like a pit bull and won’t let go. (view spoiler)[In the far future (maybe) beings seek and interact with a culture of semi-sentient of arthropods (maybe) who have to progress from early Iron Age through the theory of something like relativity in a single generation or die. Oh, and invent non-Euclidian geometry and calculus in the bargain. (hide spoiler)] Unlikely? Who cares? It’s a great story. In fac [...]

    12. OK, I pretty much love what Egan is doing period I've started with The Orthogonal trilogy which is basically about alternate universe and its intelligent inhabitants gradually discovering its somewhat different physical laws I had to make quite a lot of notes and reread many parts just to get through it with some satisfying comprehension and that one had quite a lot of drama and social conflict in it (so you probably can just skim through all the complicated stuff and still take quite a lot from [...]

    13. This is classic Egan. It's got an alien species that lives on an asteroid inside the accretion disk of a neutron star, which is totally bad ass! The "Aloof" play a small part in this book, but we don't actually get to meet them or anything.Minus one star for incomprehensibility. The cardinal directions in the splinter could easily have been named north/south/east/west but were instead alien sounding words that were simply harder to keep straight. I found this ironic because there's even a plot p [...]

    14. From Greg Egan's site: "A few reviewers complained that they had trouble keeping straight the physical meanings of the Splinterites’ directions. This leaves me wondering if they’ve really never encountered a book before that benefits from being read with a pad of paper and a pen beside it, or whether they’re just so hung up on the idea that only non-fiction should be accompanied by note-taking and diagram-scribbling that it never even occurred to them to do this."Also: "much of what I writ [...]

    15. One of the better Egan novels. Essentially the "science" hook here is an interesting way of explaining general and special relativity, which in real life are outside daily experience, but in the conditions of the book are quite relevant. Solid. The characters and plot were good too, although probably secondary to the exposition of science.

    16. There are other very good hard sf authors out there, but Egan is the gold standard IMO. A humane story about a grand search for personal meaning and a disaster adventure and a physics lesson all woven together.

    17. Every time a bit of plot threatens to pop up, a physics lecture swoops in and nips it right in the bud. SKIP IT.

    18. Enjoyed the universe and the story. I Had a hard time following a lot of the science. I'll have to give it another read sometime and see if the science is easier to follow knowing the outcome.

    19. I liked the book for the most part, though much if it was pretty tedious. I think those tedious parts come from two questionable decisions on Egan's part.The first was to rename directions into Arabic and Persian words. This did help a little to show that they were working with a physics alien to our own experience. However, in technical books, the definitions of technical terms need to be reinforced so the reader can remember them. I don't think Egan did enough of that, so it was too easy to gl [...]

    20. The long-awaited new novel from Greg Egan! Hugo Award-winning author Egan returns to the field with Incandescence, a new novel of hard SF.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 galaxy. There dwell the Aloof, who for millions of years have deflected any and all attempts to communicate with or visit them. [...]

    21. Story set out in some far-future universe with two story-lines; one is about two bored post-humans sucked into some adventure journey through the galaxy, somehow guided/manipulated by the mysterious yet aptly-named Aloof. The second story is about an insectoid race living inside an orbiting rock, where a few of the previously very work-oriented creates get the gift of curiosity of the scientific kind and start constructing Newtonian physics and beyond. Of course, these two stories ultimately int [...]

    22. A much misunderstood book.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 [...]

    23. I found this book really hard to get started on, but once it got going, holy crap did it get going. I can't really explain the mind-blowing moments without ruining them, but I'll definitely say that slugging through the first bit is worth it in the end. I'm glad I stuck with it. <3

    24. Tedious descriptions of physics without any of the established nomenclature combined with an unsatisfying (nonexistent) ending. Maybe some would enjoy it, but not me.

    25. What a totally awesome book. space cockroaches inside a rock orbiting a bunch of stars, trying to work out the laws of physics.

    26. True hard sci-fi, in a truly alien setting. Follow along as the characters derive general relativity from basic principles and experimentation in order to save their world.

    27. As always with Egan it's more about setting than plot, but what a truly bizarre and fascinating setting it is.

    28. Another in my long slog towards Reading Everything By Greg Egan, Dammit.When I started this last week, I was completely thrown: it was familiar. Like, I had definitely read this before. Yet I had definitely got it from the TBR shelf, so wha? I thought about it, and I didn't remember the ending, but let's be honest - that's not exactly unusual for me. So I read a few more pages - still familiar. I read ahead 20 or so pages - getting less familiar. Eh; I decided just to keep reading, and see what [...]

    29. Da: webalice/michelestel . Incandescence � indubbiamente un buon romanzo, anche se non certamente un capolavoro. Un romanzo di hard SF, con molta, forse troppa, scienza e una dose ragionevole di fantasia. La storia � flebile, con un finale che non � chiuso, come se ci potesse essere un seguito. Ma sicuramente non � la storia l'aspetto migliore di questo romanzo, bens� la descrizione delle diverse societ� che si vengono ad incontrare. La prima � la societ� dell'Amalgama, che si [...]

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