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Incandescence Summary ò 100 Greg Egan ☆ 0 Download Read & download Incandescence Ber 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 affordRakesh's journey will take him across millennia and light years Roi's will take her across vistas of learning and discovery just as vast. Maybe 3 and a half starsGreg Egan continues to write about the far far future in an intelligent thoughtful creative mannerOn 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 newtoneinsteinian laws of motion and relativity by an alien race What made it 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 interested I wasn t the 4 or was it 8 directional terms which apply to the strange world they live in so you can follow their discovery of the laws of motionAnother odd thing about this book chapters alternate between points of view of 2 very different parties It seems for the whole book that they will eventually meet up as one would expect from this sort of narrative convention but guess what They never do We don t know if one occurs in the past or future of the other or even if they end up in the same place since some small mention is made of the fact that the setting they both end up in may have been duplicated by the original makers WTF GregOr did I just miss something while my eyes were glazing over during the discovery of the laws of motion

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Incandescence Summary ò 100 Greg Egan ☆ 0 Download Read & download 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 SFThe 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 the. This book definitely falls under a hardcore sub category of Hard SF Great for fans of Dragon s Egg Flux The Inverted World or The Integral Trees The Smoke Ring where we get a significant amount of time from the PoV s of the aliens as they discover the science and topography of their world I love these kinds of books for exactly that reason Great science fascinating discoveries and truly ODD topographies They re mystery novels for physical sciences BUT For the same reasons I often get angry at the tediousness of them The dragging pace and the often boring characters sighBut it s not a reason to throw out the novels altogether There s a real rich atmosphere going on in them Incandescence arrives at a lost genetically enhanced alien species that forced itself into a kind of survival in the tight liveable bands surrounding a neutron star We re forced to discover this the hard way along with the aliens from first principlesIf you love math and topography and discovery I TOTALLY recommend this novel For everyone else interested in characters look elsewhere

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Incandescence Summary ò 100 Greg Egan ☆ 0 Download Read & download Incandescence Y 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 downRoi is a mem. Much like Diaspora Incandescence is 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 degreeThe first plot follows Rakesh a descendant of DNA and his friend whose origins are not so mundane They travel by transmission into the centre of the galaxy territory held by the aptly named Aloof The Aloof eschew communication with the larger Amalgam society that inhabits the outer area of the galaxy But they have made an exception by reaching out to Rakesh who pursues a chance to find a heretofore unknown planet where DNA based life might have evolved It s the type of discovery of a lifetime Rakesh has been yearning for in an age where everything has been seen and doneThe second plot follows Roi a member of a species that lives within an asteroid in the halo of a neutron star At the beginning of the story Roi is content with tending the crops on the surface of the asteroid Then she meets Zak who piues her interest in the natural mysteries of their world What follows is an Eganesue development of physics from Galileo to Newton to Einstein in the language and frame of reference of these very alien beings The Roi and Zak discover about their world the it becomes apparent they need to learn even in order to save it from impending disasterThese two plots converge in a very obvious way but most of the time I found myself entertained by the latter It s intriguing to watch Roi Zak and their colleagues deduce derive and hypothesize new theories and laws of physics that we take for granted as the received wisdom passed down to us through the institutions of high school and university I love reading about the history of science and learning how exactly we came to know what we know 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 It s clever and fun and even if you don t know a lot of physics you should still be able to derive some satisfaction from watching Roi and Zak s knowledge growThe search for the missing DNA world by Rakesh and his friend interests me less Firstly it s kind of boring Nothing bad ever really happens to them there are no real threats We hear that the Amalgam might not let them return to civilized society on the grounds that this is all some kind of plot by the Aloof and the Rakesh who returns might not be the real Rakesh but nothing ever really materializes from that Secondly as much as I want to sympathize with Rakesh s desire to make a big discovery and alleviate his wanderlust and boredom he is curiously ethical and moral Are there no bad people this far into the future He eventually wrestles with a genuine moral conundrum and I admit I liked that But for most of the book he essentially does the right thing all the time as does his friendIncandescence also doesn t uite live up to the expectations set by the jacket copy I was told that the convergence of these plots would reveal the motivations of the Aloof and that really intrigued me I wanted to know why the Aloof were so different from the Amalgam and why they had chosen to make this communication at this time But we never really learn the answer to such uestions In fact we never really learn anything Egan takes us on a great ride but there is no free T shirt at the end of it You just get thanked for riding and unceremoniously kicked out of the amusement park see you next yearAs a novel Incandescence fails to sustain interest or present much in the way of a compelling plot Its virtues lie entirely in Egan s ability to explore and explain science through very alien points of view That s certainly impressive but I can t say it s sufficient to make this book great In the end I m still looking for a good story and that s where this book doesn t deliver

  • Hardcover
  • 300
  • Incandescence
  • Greg Egan
  • English
  • 05 March 2019
  • 9780575081628