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Quarantine by Greg Egan

Quarantine (1992)

by Greg Egan

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Series: Subjective Cosmology Cycle (Book 1)

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    In Search Of Schrodinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality by John Gribbin (hungeri)
    hungeri: A good scientific book and a sci-fi based on the same subject. The scientific base of the sci-if is strong, but as it is a fiction, you can relax and enjoy it without a worry about "but is it true", "can it be true?". That worry is for books on science.

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If you like to philosophize on quantum mechanics then you will love this novel. I enjoyed it but found the internal debates the main character went through too long. ( )
  ladyoflorien | Nov 19, 2018 |
This was lots of fun. The story is told in a four-star way, but it has so fucking many great concepts: Having a fuckton of software for your brain, and the implications of loyalty software, of cours. But mostly the idea that humans are unique in collapsing the wave functions of possibilities, and basically the implications of xenocide that come with it. Wow. And the implications of learning to suppress that reflex, and having human made quantum computing in the brain. ♥ ( )
  _rixx_ | Aug 30, 2018 |
From the moment I encountered the plot device of eigenstates, I was hooked. Egan doesn't lecture on the physics behind the Bubble, nor provide an explanation of Eigenvalues, expecting the reader to either know the field, or have the intellect to look things up. This is (to my discredit) the first Greg Egan book I'd read, and I acquired three others as well. If the standards remain as high as this one, I'm hooked.

Knowing a bit of physics is important to grasp the direction of the story, but it's not integral. It's a good, smart novel, worth the time, and I'm sorry that it's over. ( )
  Lyndatrue | Jun 9, 2018 |
A gray shield surrounds solar system - no stars - how come? who cares? ( )
  WinonaBaines | Feb 7, 2016 |
Early classic Egan -- the stars disappeared when the solar system was enclosed in the Bubble, but that's many years past when the book starts. Instead the novel begins with a simpler disappearance, that of a young woman of very limited intellectual capacity. Told in full sf-noir fashion, from the mysterious client to the obligatory "knock the hero unconscious" scenes, Egan eventually works his way back to the Bubble and resolves both mysteries but that's not what the story is about. Think Bear's Blood Music rather than Effinger's When Gravity Fails. Two science fictional concepts dominate: the observer effect on multiple quantum states, and behavioral modification technology that enables conscious control of emotions, a theme explored so well in Egan's short story Reasons to be Cheerful. Though the novel became less effective for me as the "quantum catastrophe" of the subtitle played out, this remains a worthwhile read. ( )
  ChrisRiesbeck | Jul 8, 2013 |
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Egan, Gregprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Békési, JózsefTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bollinger, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gudynas, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061054232, Mass Market Paperback)

It causes riots and religions. It has people dancing in the streets and leaping off skyscrapers. And it's all because of the impenetrable gray shield that slid into place around the solar system on the night of November 15, 2034.

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In the late 21st century life can still be uncertain, even when one takes account of the amazing advances in bioengineering and information systems. Then, one night the stars disappear and the Earth is in quarantine but nobody can work out why. Originally published: London: Legend, 1992.… (more)

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