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"The 100 Light Years Diary"
© Interzone, Jan 1992
Axiomatic, 1995
--foreign short story : 2001 Seiun
--/ cool sf story

"The Blood Sisters"
© Interzone, Feb 1991
Axiomatic, 1995
--short story : 1992 Locus /8
--fiction : 1992 Interzone Poll /8


"Border Guards''
© Interzone, Oct 1999
Reasons to be Cheerful, 2003
--novelette : 2000 Hugo
--novelette : 2000 Locus W (tie)
--fiction : 2000 Interzone Poll /6 (tie)

--/ fourth place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"The Cutie"
© 1989, Interzone
Axiomatic, 1995
--fiction : 1990 Interzone Poll /5
--overseas short fiction : 2000 Seiun


"Dust"
© IASFM, Jul 1992
--novelette : 1993 Hugo
--novelette : 1993 Locus /6
--novelette : 1993 Asimov's Reader Poll /6

--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"Eugene"
© 1990, Interzone
Axiomatic, 1995
--fiction : 1991 Interzone Poll /7
--/ cool sf story

"The Extra"
© Eidolon, Winter 1990
IASFM, Jan 1993

--short story : 1994 Locus /12 (tie)
--/ fourth place clone sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award

"The Infinite Assassin"
© Interzone, Jun 1991
Aboriginal Science Fiction, Jul 1991

Axiomatic, 1995
--fiction : 1992 Interzone Poll W
--/ third place sf story
--/ idea award
--/ adventure award
--/ wonder award


"Into Darkness"
© IASFM, Jan 1992
Axiomatic, 1995
--novelette : 1993 Locus /5
--novelette : 1993 Asimov's Reader Poll /2 (tie)

--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award

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"Luminous"
© IASFM, Sep 1995
Luminous, 2000
--novelette : 1996 Hugo
--novelette : 1996 Locus /12
--sf short story : 1996 Aurealis W
--novelette : 1996 SF Chronicle /2
--translated short story : 2003 Seiun W

--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


Greg Egan's mind-candy concoctions (or "stories of gestated ideas") often sound more intriguing in synopsis than in actual realization. It is a simply mind-blowing experience to read short reviews of his collections and wonder why nobody else thought of writing sci-fi based on such cool ideas - but it often becomes too muddy and too wordy in story form. I felt disappointed by the lack of intensity and focus in narration here, but absolutely uplifted by the ideas contained. What if the laws of mathematics aren't quite as fixed, or as consistent, as we thought? Some of the new connections between mathematics and physics may indeed threaten to shatter our Universe, but I think, a review of current science postulates may be seriously overdue, especially since our science keeps running into a micro- and macro- nemesises, doom-holes and existential brick walls more and more these days.
review: 24-Aug-06 (read in 2000)

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"Luminous" (coll)
© 1998, Spectra
--collection : 1999 Locus /4
--Convenors' Award : 1999 Aurealis

--/ cool sf collection
--/ idea award

"Mitochondrial Eve"
© Interzone, Feb 1995
Luminous, 1998
--foreign short fiction : 1998 Seiun
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"Oceanic"
© IASFM, Jun 1998
--novella : 1999 Hugo W
--long list : 1999 Tiptree
--novella : 1999 Locus W
--sf short story : 1999 Aurealis
--novella : 1999 Asimov's Reader Poll W
--novella : 1999 HOMer
--foreign short story : 2000 Hayakawa W
--foreign short story : 2001 Seiun W

--/ cool sf novella

"Oracle"
© IASFM, Jul 2000
--novella : 2001 Hugo
--novella : 2001 Locus /2
--other work : 2001 Spectrum
--novella : 2001 Asimov's W


"Reasons to Be Cheerful"
© Interzone, Apr 1997
Luminous, 2000
Reasons to be Cheerful, 2003
--novelette : 1998 Locus /5
--sf short story : 1998 Aurealis
--Australian short fiction : 1998 Ditmar
--fiction : 1998 Interzone Poll W
--translated short story : 2002 Seiun W (tie)

--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Seeing"
© Axiomatic, 1995

"Singleton"
© Interzone, Feb 2002
--third place : 2003 Sturgeon /3
--novella : 2003 Locus /18
--short fiction : 2003 British SF

--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"TAP"
© IASFM, Nov 1995
--novelette : 1996 Hugo
--novelette : 1996 Locus /16
--novelette : 1996 Asimov's /8 (tie)

--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"The Walk"
© IASFM, Dec 1992
Axiomatic, 1995
--short story : 1993 Asimov's /10
--/ cool sf story

"Yeyuka"
© Meanjin, Jan 1997
--short story : 1998 Locus Poll
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ idea award
--/ emotion award


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