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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What if they’re inside a spacecraft after having since lost the knowledge of what a spacecraft is or what’s outside it? I don’t think much of an interest in physics or math is needed to follow the narrative or understand what’s going on. Marlane Quade Cook Podcast read by: Though my best guess here is that tidal forces due to the black hole created the splinter I don’t remember if this is hinted at in the story or if I am making this up and the other parts fell inward, not surviving.


You’ve formed a new one, and you’re looking for recruits? The sytle — styles — of Ulysses are some of the greatest wonders of C20th prose, the characters varied and extraordinary and compelling, formally it’s brilliant. The Splinter orbits a neutron star. This book also has an advanced galactic civilization with a parallel story of a DNA-based human-descended member, which adds another welcome dimension. Lake, I agree with you about the importance of Science.

Roi’s society is changing as more of her people become compelled by the anomolous scientific research that’s growing. Message the mods for flair. That does not mean that they are to be preferred as a reading experience. She was on her way to the next such event, in a planetary system twelve hundred light years out from this node.


If you are not an Egan fan, maybe reading it will make you into one. People on Earth in the 21st century have worries like whether they’ll be sextorted — we haven’t had to face the imminent doom of the planet.

Did she imagine, absurdly, that their individual skills had somehow seeped into their seed and eggs, and would collide within their children with a preternatural ability to endure the struggles ahead?

But you can tell by the way relativity works in the splinter and what they see when they look at the Hub nothing—which is most obvious, to me, when the Wanderer’s orbit goes behind the Hub.

So the Splinterites became the Aloof! What if they’re about to split a proton off to see what happens? Roi’s people have a very limited conception of what their environment is.

March 20, at 4: Whether that was by design or not, I’m not sure. Views Read Edit View history. Incandescence is posthuman to a very literal degree.

As for the rather long review it does give the book more credit than it deserves. Here, Egan shows us how a species that lives in a radically different environment from what we are familiar with on Earth could deduce the same laws of physics through different observations. I loved the structure and felt the whole book was a journey of “finding stuff out” and being constantly uncertain about the relationship between the two plot threads until the last few pages.

It’s one of those books which challenges you to figure out some things which aren’t explained outright, you see. It’s technically correct but I think it glosses over some of the interesting stuff.

The more Roi and Zak discover about their world, the more it becomes apparent they need to learn even more in order to save it from impending disaster. Egan has just made the species up.



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 eschew communication with the larger Amalgam society that inhabits the outer area of the galaxy. Don’t enable or encourage piracy.

Slonczewski’s research focuses on the pH environmental stress response in Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis using genetic techniques. None of this keeps your review from being very funny, however. I love his hard science fiction. But it is more than that.

Rakesh does not visit the Splinter where Zak lives, but another ark in a distant future. In response, Egan dissected the review, going so far as to call it “probably the first genuine hatchet job I’ve ever incandescencee. The Amalgam is my favorite SF universe so I’ll give it a go!

Incandescence by Greg Egan

The ripe seed packets secreted a substance that the males found extremely unpleasant, and whilst unplucked globes did shrivel up and die eventually, waiting for that to happen could be an ordeal. Now imagine that problems on that scale are solved.

Meanwhile, the 2 plotlines grow closer. They mostly exist to keep on keepin’ on. May 26, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: Here he presents us with two stages in the development of society and intelligence.

What follows is an Eganesque development of physics, from Galileo to Newton to Einstein, in the language and frame of reference of these very alien beings.