Greg Egan is the author of some of the most surprising and intuitive short fictions in the genre. His themes range from near future predictions for the development of science and society to far future, far space improvisations. The ten stories in this new collection were published initially in Interzone and Asimov's Science-Fiction Magazine between 1993 and 1998.
From The Plank Dive - a dazzling insight into a world where quantum physics is not just theory but tangible reality, where black holes can be navigated not just mapped - to Our Lady of Chernobyl - a near future thriller revolving around an 18th century Ukranian icon - and the title story Luminous - in which a mathematical paradox could turn out to be the first sign of a new life form, Egan breaks the boundaries of contemporary science-fiction. Each story is a tour de force of the imagination.
With the publication of Luminous, in addition to his earlier collection Axiomatic, Egan is sure to be recognised as the foremost science-fiction short story teller of his generation.
Greg Egan lives in Perth, Western Australia. His short fiction has twice won Best Story of the Year in Inerzone. He has written four novels, Quarantine, Permutation City, Distress and Diaspora and published one earlier collection of short fiction, Axiomatic. He is the winner of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.