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"Egan is the kind of writer who makes you feel that much of SF prior to his entrance was merely a prototype for what he is now doing" --Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, February 1996 (Paul Di Filippo)

A "science fiction author and computer programmer". Author of several books, including PermutationCity, Diaspora, and Axiomatic. He has several short stories and Java applets available at http://www.netspace.net.au/~gregegan/.

Egan has a rare talent for convincing hard-SF about quantum physics. (Many authors try, but their efforts could be better described as "quantum fantasy".)

One of his recent short stories describes a "quantum soccer" match. The story is available at http://www.netspace.net.au/~gregegan/BORDER/Complete/Border.html, and a Java applet simulation is at http://www.netspace.net.au/~gregegan/BORDER/Soccer/Soccer.html.

See Wiki:GregEgan and [Greg Egan@Everything2.com]

(from: [The Year's Best Science Fiction: 17th Annual Collection])

Poised as we are on the brink of a new century, looking back at the century that's getting ready to end it's obvious that Australian writer Greg Egan was one of the Big New Names to emerge in SF in the nineties, and is probably one of the most significant talents to enter the field in the last several decades. Already one of the most widely known of all Australian genre writers, Egan may well be the best new "hard-science" writer to enter the field since Greg Bear, and is still growing in range, power, and sophistication. In the last few years, he has become a frequent contributor to [Interzone] and [Asimov's Science Fiction], and has made sales as well to Pulphouse, [Analog], [Aurealis], [Eidolon], and elsewhere; many of his short stories have also appeared in various "Best of the Year" series, and he was on the Hugo Final Ballot in 1995 for his story "Cocoon," which won the Ditmar Award and the Asimov's Readers Award. In 1999, he won the Hugo Award for his novella "Oceanic." His first novel, Quarantine, appeared in 1992, to wide critical acclaim, and was followed by a second novel in 1994, Permutation City, which won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. His other books include the novels Distress and Diaspora, and three collections of his short fiction, Axiomatic, Luminous, and Our Lady of Chernobyl. His most recent book is a major new novel, Teranesia. His stories have appeared in our Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Thirteenth, Fifteenth, and Sixteenth Annual Collections. He has a web site at http://www.netspace.net.au/~gregegan/.

One of my favorite books for last year (and is on the short list for a Hugo) is GregEgan's Teranesia, an exciting story of an island that exhibits genetic mutations. -- Anonymous



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