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Luminous by Greg Egan

Luminous (1995)

by Greg Egan

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Egan is one of those authors whose fiction I’m repeatedly told I’d like, but everything by him I’ve read in the past has left me a little bit cold – which is one novel, and a handful of stories in Interzone over the years. Nevertheless, if I see one of his books going cheap in a charity shop, I buy it. And even now, when perhaps my taste in fiction is somewhat more discriminating and I look for different things in the fiction I read than I did twenty or thirty years ago… Egan’s fiction still leaves me mostly cold. There were a couple of good stories in this collection – I especially liked ‘Silver Fire’, about a epidemic in the US; and ‘Our Lady of Chernobyl’ had some narrative impetus to it, even if the central conceit was weak – but many still felt cold to me, peopled by little more than walking, talking ideas. And ‘The Planck Dive’ is just a really dull physics lectures with a bunch of character interactions to provide something for the reader to connect with. Interestingly, although most of the stories in Luminous were written in the mid-1990s, they’re chiefly set in this decade, the second of the twenty-first century. Egan got one or two things right, but he also got a lot wrong – and yet he still manages to catch the flavour of now better than many other sf authors of the time who wrote stories set in the early twenty-first century. I’ll still keep my eye open for Egan books in charity shops, but I doubt I’ll ever be able to call myself a fan. ( )
  iansales | Jul 15, 2015 |
I wasn't terribly crazy about this collection of short stories, but Egan's writing style is reassuring and a reliable form of escapism.
  bianca.sayan | Jul 4, 2013 |
I didn't pay this the attention it deserves (a danger of vacation reading), and the science flew over my head quite often, but it was enjoyable enough. ( )
  GinnyTea | Mar 31, 2013 |
+ is hit, - is miss:

- Chaff (1993)
+ Mitochondrial Eve (1995)
+ Luminous (1995)
+ Mister Volition (1995)
+ Cocoon (1994)
+ Transition Dreams (1993)
+ Silver Fire (1995)
+ Reasons to Be Cheerful (1997)
- Our Lady of Chernobyl (1994)
+ The Planck Dive (1998) ( )
  igor.kh | Sep 12, 2008 |
What a place to experiment with ideas.. wonderful. A book to come back to, time and time and Time (What IS That?) again.... ( )
  richard_hesketh | Aug 24, 2006 |
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