In 2018, I assumed the role of short fiction reviewer for Locus magazine, following in the lamented footsteps of Gardner Dozois (1947-2018). With Rich Horton covering short fiction in print, I cover short speculative fiction (of any definition) online.
Greg Egan (1961- ) publishes works that challenge readers with rigorous, deeply-informed scientific speculation. He unapologetically delves into mathematics, physics, and other disciplines in his prose, putting him in the vanguard of the hard science fiction renaissance of the 1990s.
A working physicist and engineer, Karen Burnham is uniquely positioned to provide the first in-depth study of Egan's science-heavy oeuvre. She traces the author's career from his early short stories through novels like Permutation City and Schild's Ladder and the Hugo Award-winning novella "Oceanic," analyzing how Egan uses cutting-edge scientific theories as a way to explore ethical questions and the nature of humanity. As Burnham shows, Egan's collected works constitute a bold artistic statement: that narratives of science are equal to those of poetry and drama, and that science holds a place in the human condition as exalted as religion or art.
The volume includes a rare interview with the famously press-shy Egan covering his works, themes, intellectual interests, and thought processes.
"Greg Egan is one of the most fascinating and challenging of modern science fiction writers, and Burnham--an engineer and physicist as well as a science fiction critic--brings exactly the needed combination of skills to bear on his fiction, which can range from the densely theoretical to the intensely humanistic. The book ends with the most cogent and forthcoming interview with Egan that I've seen." --Gary K. Wolfe, author of Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature
Strange Horizons Reviews
Stardust, by Nina Allen
The Lives of Tao, by Wesley Chu
Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction, edited by Hannah Strom-Martin and Erin Underwood
Nexus, by Ramez Naam
Birds and Birthdays, by Chris Barzak
The Eternal Flame, by Greg Egan
Welcome to the Greenhouse, ed. Gordon van Gelder
Packing for Mars, Mary Roach
The Evolutionary Void, Peter F. Hamilton
Shine, ed. Jetse de Vries
The Brain Thief, Alexander Jablokov
Zadayi Red, by Caleb Fox
UFO in Her Eyes, Xiaolu Guo
The Temporal Void, Peter F. Hamilton
Superpowers, David J. Schwartz
Axiomatic and Dark Integers, Greg Egan
The Starry Rift, ed. Jonathan Strahan
The Accidental Time Machine, Joe Haldeman
The Dreaming Void, Peter F. Hamilton
Alien Crimes, ed. Mike Resnick
Players, Paul McAuley
From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain, Minister Faust
Hart & Boot & Other Stories, Tim Pratt