Distress

· Greg Egan
4.2
5 reviews
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343
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Andrew Worth is a science journalist with optic nerve taps and a gut full of memory chips. Burnt out after completing a documentary on controversial developments in biotechnology, he turns down a chance to report on a baffling new mental disorder known as Distress and instead takes an assignment covering the Einstein Centenary Conference on the artificial island of Stateless. There, a young South African physicist, Violet Mosala, is expected to unveil her candidate for a Theory of Everything.

But the assignment is not the tropical respite Worth was expecting. While the politics surrounding the creation of Stateless grows more turbulent, and ignorance cults stage protests against the gathering scientists, a secretive group known as the Anthrocosmologists, with some very strange ideas about the Theory of Everything, begin to enact their own agenda.

4.2
5 reviews
Third-party review
This has been a very carefully read book, and a delight, all the way through. Considering how very long ago it was written (1997), the math remains interesting, and still relevant. Greg Egan has ...
Third-party review
While it runs through a few interesting ideas, Distress is a mixed bag, and a letdown after having read Egan's sublime Permutation City. The conclusion is unsatisfying, various ideas are never fully ...
Third-party review
SF novel set in and near 2050s Australia.

About the author

Greg Egan is the author of 13 science fiction novels and more than 60 short stories, including the Hugo-award-winning novella “Oceanic”.

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