Greg Egan


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Greg Egan (* 20th August 1961 in Perth , Australia ) is an Australian fantasy and science fiction - writers . At the beginning of his career he mainly wrote fantasy short stories, but later turned more and more to science fiction, with an emphasis on biology, cybernetics and physics. Among other things, he is a Locus and Kurd-Laßwitz Prize winner .

Life

Greg Egan was born on August 20, 1961 in Perth, Australia. He studied mathematics at the University of Western Australia, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree . Until 1992 he worked full-time as a programmer. In 1983 he published his first novel An Unusual Angle , which he himself regards as a sin of youth. Since his literary breakthrough in 1991 with Quarantine (dt. Quarantine ) he works full time as a writer.

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Many of Egan's novels and short stories deal with complex scientific issues of a not very distant future. Typical topics are virtual worlds, artificial intelligence or biotechnological changes, especially in humans. Here, Egan shows an above-average specialist knowledge in many scientific disciplines for writers. A recurring motif in his novels is the transfer of human consciousness from a biological body to a computer , where it can continue its existence in a virtual reality indefinitely, with the possible consequences for the individual being discussed. Egan is one of the authors who deal strongly with posthumanism .

Egan's works have won numerous awards, including 1998 with the Hugo Award for his novella Oceanic ( Oceanic ) and 2000 with the Kurd Lasswitz Prize for the novel Distress ( distress ). Greg Egan is particularly successful in Australia and Japan.

Novels

  • An Unusual Angle , 1983
  • Quarantine , 1992
Quarantine , translated by Jürgen Martin, Bastei Lübbe, 1993, ISBN 3-404-24174-6
  • Permutation City , 1994
Cyber-City , translated by Axel Merz and Jürgen Martin, Bastei-Lübbe, 1995, ISBN 3-404-24200-9
  • Distress , 1995
Qual , translated by Bernhard Kempen , Heyne, 1999, ISBN 3-453-15643-9
  • Diaspora , 1997
Diaspora , translated by Bernhard Kempen, Heyne, 2000, ISBN 3-453-16181-5
  • Teranesia , 1999
Teranesia , translated by Bernhard Kempen, Heyne, 2001, ISBN 3-453-17927-7
  • Schild's Ladder , 2002
  • Incandescence , 2008
  • Zendegi , 2010
  • The Clockwork Rocket , 2011
  • The Eternal Flame , 2012
  • The Arrows of Time , 2013

Short story collections

  • Axiomatic , 1995
  • Our Lady of Chernobyl , 1995
  • Luminous , 1998
  • Dark Integers and Other Stories , 2008
  • Crystal Nights and Other Stories , 2009
  • Oceanic , 2009

Short stories

  • Artifact , 1983
  • The Way She Smiles, The Things She Says , 1985
  • Tangled Up , 1985
  • Mind Vampires , 1986/87
  • Neighborhood Watch , 1986/87
  • Scatter My Ashes , 1988
  • The Cutie , 1989
  • Beyond the Whistle Test , 1989
  • The Caress , 1990 ( Caress )
  • Eugene , 1990
  • Learning to Be Me , 1990 ( The other one in my head )
  • The Safe-Deposit Box , 1990 ( a secure locker )
  • The Extra , 1990
  • Axiomatic , 1990 ( Axiomatic )
  • The Moral Virologist , 1990
  • The Vat , 1990
  • Blood Sisters , 1991 ( Blood Sisters )
  • In Numbers , 1991
  • The Moat , 1991
  • The Infinite Assassin , 1991
  • The Demon's Passage , 1991
  • Appropriate Love , 1991 ( True Love )
  • Fidelity , 1991
  • Into Darkness , 1992
  • The Hundred Light-Year Diary , 1992
  • Before , 1992
  • Unstable Orbits in the Space of Lies , 1992
  • Worthless , 1992
  • Closer , 1992
  • Reification Highway , 1992 ( objectification tour )
  • The Walk , 1992
  • Transition Dreams , 1993
  • Chaff , 1993
  • Our Lady of Chernobyl , 1994
  • Cocoon , 1994
  • Mitochondrial Eve , 1995
  • Seeing , 1995
  • A Kidnapping , 1995
  • Wang's Carpets , 1995
  • Luminous , 1995 ( Lichtborn )
  • Mister Volition , 1995
  • TAP , 1995
  • Silver Fire , 1995
  • Reasons to Be Cheerful , 1997 ( Good reasons to be happy )
  • Yeyuka , 1997
  • The Planck Dive , 1998 ( The Planck Jump )
  • Oceanic , 1998 ( Oceanic )
  • Border Guards , 1999
  • Only Connect , 2000
  • Oracle , 2000 ( Oracle )
  • Singleton , 2002
  • Riding the Crocodile , 2005

Prices

  • 1999 in the short novel category for Oceanic
  • 1999 in the narrative category for The Planck Dive
  • 2000 in the narrative category for Border Guards
  • 1999 in the short novel category for Oceanic
  • 1995 in the Roman category for Cyber ​​City
  • 2000 in the category of international novel for agony
  • 1993 in the long form for quarantine category
  • 1995 in the long form category for Cyber ​​City
He won various other Ditmar Awards, but refused to accept them several times.
  • 1996 in the SF-Novel category for Qual
  • 2000 in the SF Novel category for Teranesia
  • 2001 for his short story Oceanic
  • 2002 for his anthology Reasons to be Cheerful
  • 2003 for his short story Luminous
  • 2005 for his novel Qual
  • 2006 for his novel Diaspora

literature

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. John Clute , Peter Nicholls : The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction . St. Martin's Press, New York 1993, ISBN 1-85723-124-4 , entry on Greg Egan
  2. ^ The Locus Indes to SF Awards. (No longer available online.) Locusmag.com, archived from the original on January 3, 2010 ; accessed on April 27, 2009 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.locusmag.com