The long-awaited new audiobook from Greg Egan! Hugo Award-winning author Egan returns to the field with Incandescence, a new novel of hard SF. 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. Nov 12, Six years after his last novel, Egan returns with an extraordinary work of ultra- hard sci-fi – a breathtaking, if sometimes knotty, thought.

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There’s a puzzling bit of social commentary in Incandescence by the way. Winston Churchill once made this marginal comment against a sentence that clumsily avoided a prepositional ending: There dwell efan Aloof, who for millions of years have deflected any and all attempts to communicate with or visit them.

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I like the book quite a lot. While searching for an explanation online, I came across this tidbit from an article written by the author that confused me even more: I rather think that Roi’s Splinter was one of the many original arks as per the suggestion of Parantham and Rakesh. But Joyce didn’t do that. 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.


Of course, a fictional history of science a I really enjoyed this book.

It is not that the book wholly lacks interest. There are some cool operatic astronomic vistas as well. Roi’s people have a very limited conception of what their environment is.


To ask other readers questions about Incandescenceplease sign up. Hand in hand with the descriptions of ratios of weight measurements to angles in space-time, however, is a truly engaging story with high stakes drama and interesting alien biology and thought modes. Then we find a second narrative, braided in alternate chapters with the first. Science Fiction, Fantasy, Alt.

November 19, at 6: In fact, I liked this one better. Jun 28, Gendou rated it really liked it Shelves: That might seem hard to believe, but Egan makes it all perfectly reasonable – after all, a spinning, orbiting, object is a continually measurably accelerating frame of reference. High-flying literary SF with lots of made-up words is great if done well e.

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But yes, these assumptions may be going too far. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Naturally, a scientist does not desire to toy with her audience, or play peek-a-boo with her data; she wants to uncover things, not to cover them over with artful narrative suspensefulness.

But I trusted Egan would allow me make sense of it all iincandescence I paid attention. More, the framing of the tale throws up awkwardnesses. Enjoyed the universe and the story.

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They travel by transmission into the centre of the galaxy, territory held by the aptly named “Aloof”. I don’t think Egan did enough of that, so it was too easy to glide past a lot of the physics derivation. The “Aloof” play a small part in this book, but we don’t actually get to meet them or anything. They mostly incandeescence to keep on keepin’ on. I think those tedious parts come from two questionable decisions on Egan’s part. incandescencce

The novel has two narratives in alternate chapters. Also, with regard to the mathematical derivations that occur over the course of the Splinter narrative, there’s a little more to it. All that said, there are many virtues to the book.

Egan is a famously reclusive author when it comes to public appearances, he doesn’t attend science fiction conventions, doesn’t sign books and there are no photos available of him on the web.