RE: Teranesia

From: Sean Kenny (
Date: Thu Dec 13 2001 - 01:23:49 MST

Earlier in the year I was reading Teranesia and with 20 pages to go I left
the book in a taxi. Loathe to buy the book again, I found a sci-fi
newsgroup discussing Greg Egan and asked if anyone would ocr the last 20
pages and mail them to me. Lo and behold Greg Egan himself mailed me the
last 20 pages of the book. Just thought I'd share that with you.

Reading Chasm City at the moment

Best 5 books this year-

George Dyson - Darwin among the Machines
Neal Stephenson - Cryptonomicon
Ken McLeod - all of them
Primo Levi - If not now, when?
David Deutsch - The Fabric of Reality

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Anders Sandberg
> Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2001 7:16 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: Teranesia
> On Mon, Dec 10, 2001 at 11:39:06AM -0500, Smigrodzki, Rafal wrote:
> > For the fans of Greg Egan:
> >
> > At midnight I started reading Greg Egan's new book, "Teranesia", and
> > finished it at 5 AM. Quite good - with a neatly unfolding
> storyline, and a
> > very smart, cutting-edge science concept as the main premise (I
> won't spoil
> > your future reading fun by discussing it here). The ending is a
> little bit
> > of a letdown, as if the author was building up the suspense for a real
> > earthquake, something that had a distinctly extropian flavor to it, and
> > backed off on the last 3 pages. But still quite good.
> Egan is always interesting, but I think Teranesia shows that he is
> better at handling posthumans and truly strange physics than humans - or
> maybe that I prefer to read about posthumans and strange physics rather
> than humans :-)
> > BTW, what are the current sci-fi titles on your collective
> reading list? I
> > noticed many list-member have very good taste in science
> fiction. Of my own
> > readings I can also warmly recommend Iain Banks, with his "Excession".
> Right now I'm looking for the next Alastair Reynolds book, his
> _Revelation Space_ and _Chasm City_ had some very good stories and
> (especially the first) interesting transhuman twists (even a new way of
> stabilizing megastructures).
> I'm reading Ken MacLeod's _Cosmonaut Keep_ - so far rather good and
> promising more, but not quite as engrossing as _The Star Fraction_ and
> _The Stone Canal_.
> Ventus, by Karl Schroeder, is waiting in my bookshelf. Looks promising,
> with Vernor Vinge saying "Dramatically effective and a milestone in
> science fiction about nanotech and fine-grained distributed systems".
> Any book with 'fine-grained distributed systems' mentioned on the cover
> is worth reading :-)
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> Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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