• Title: Отчаяние
  • Author: Greg Egan Грег Иган Екатерина Михайловна Доброхотова-Майкова М. Э. Звенигородская
  • ISBN: 9785170853632
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Greg Egan Грег Иган Екатерина Михайловна Доброхотова-Майкова М. Э. Звенигородская says:

      Greg Egan specialises in hard science fiction stories with mathematical and quantum ontology themes, including the nature of consciousness Other themes include genetics, simulated reality, posthumanism, mind transfer, sexuality, artificial intelligence, and the superiority of rational naturalism over religion.He is a Hugo Award winner and has been shortlisted for the Hugos three other times , and has also won the John W Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel Some of his earlier short stories feature strong elements of supernatural horror, while due to his popular science fiction he is known within the genre for his tendency to deal with complex and highly technical material including inventive new physics and epistemology in an unapologetically thorough manner.Egan is a famously reclusive author when it comes to public appearances, he doesn t attend science fiction conventions, doesn t sign books and there are no photos available of him on the web.Excerpted from.



    2 thoughts on “Отчаяние

    1. I may just be saying this because I'm intoxicated by the warm afterglow of the ending, but I think this is one of the best science fiction novels I've ever read. At the very least, I'm now excited to read the rest of Egan's work.Of this novel's virtues, the most important to me is that its plot is driven by scientific and philosophical concepts. Too much science fiction works the other way around -- the author begins by inventing whatever magical plot device they need, and then proceeds to "just [...]

    2. This one was too much for my poor old brain. After a razzledazzle first chapter which jumped out of the page and danced me around the room yelling in my ears all the while, it settled dowm to a steady bombardment of heavy heavy scientific concepts which may or may not make sense to some folks but left me burbling and drooling slightlyThis is what I mean: The whole point of moving beyond the Standard Unified Field Theory is that, one, it's an ugly mess, and two, you have to feed ten completely ar [...]

    3. Holy cow. There have been only a few books that have caused my brain to start shorting out and cause me to go into a weird spiritual state where I actual feel some connection to some university unity.They are:Zero: understanding how our understanding of math helped us understand our place in the universeZen and the art of motorcycle maintenance: Trying to keep up with the word games around quality and duality in this book was astounding.Why God Won't go away: a book that explains the four states [...]

    4. I really don’t know how to approach “Distress”. The novel is just so completely full of everything utterly brilliant that writing a reader review on it seems a task tragically overwhelming. Greg Egan is perhaps the best sci-fi author out there, and this is a wonderful tour de force even from him.The novel is basically a cosmological thriller(!) about a summit where the accurate ultimate Theory of Everything aka TOE is expected to emerge. The protagonist is Andrew Worth, a science journalis [...]

    5. frustrated the thick book.ed that time Greg Egan wrote Rough cutting novels.I recommend you to read his novels after it.

    6. From the very first sentence, ‘Distress’ is an arresting and thought-provoking novel. The point of view character, Andrew, is a documentary film-maker. This very useful conceit allows for lengthy explanations of technologies and discussion of their implications, often in a pleasant interview format. The setting is 2055, while the novel was first published in 1995, twenty years ago now. I think it has aged remarkably well, predicting total ubiquity of the internet, handheld computer/phones ( [...]

    7. If this book was made into a movie (and it will not be), the tagline could be: "We're theoretical cosmologists. We get it right or universes die." Because that's what this is: a suspenseful thriller based on physics, metaphysics, philosophy, and cosmology. Admit it, you're impressed.So. In Distress, a disaffected science/pseudoscience journalist goes off for what should be a peaceful, easy assignment: a documentary on a physicist who is about to announce her Theory of Everything. Except, well, s [...]

    8. Cualquier persona que lea por primera vez a Greg Egan y coja este libro sale corriendo y no vuelve a mirar atrás. Una vez que sabes cómo es Egan, y que te puedes esperar, el libro ya es otra cosa. Teniendo claro que leer a Egan siempre tiene un toque de masoquismo que es lo que le da la vidilla,Prepárate para una novela completamente conceptual y abstracta, no al nivel extremo de Diáspora pero si al rebufo. Todo gira entorno a una supuesta Teoría del Todo en donde las disertaciones sobre la [...]

    9. A whole new sense to "hard SF". "Hard SF" usually means Science fiction that tries to take very few liberties with Science, sticking to what is known to be, or expected to become, possible. Egan takes it a quantum leap beyond - the science is HARD! If you can wrap your head around it, though, it's worth the effort.

    10. Distress is a hell of a book. It starts off with a bang, slows downin the middle and then speeds up again to great speeds into the endpage. I couldn't set it down after page 320. Main character Worth isa reporter that does documentaries on different scientific and psychesubjects. He's wrapping up a docu on `Junk DNA' which happens toinclude one of the most intriguing (and barely brushed on charactersin this story) people, a guy named Landers. His body is a one-manbiosphere that doesn't need oxyg [...]

    11. Ранний роман Игана, довольно неудачный, на мой вкус; скорее даже не роман, а набор футурологических эссе, формально объединенных под одной обложкой через общего героя-журналиста, который сначала пишет статью про перспективы генинженерии человеческого организма, потом - пр [...]

    12. I think, if you like Distress, you'll probably like The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang, and vice a verse.Although they are different. Distress is about physics theories, Lifecycle is about AI and morality. Distress prefers to talk of science and topology rather then shooting and running. Lifecycle has no shooting and running at all.I think, if you like Distress, you'll probably like Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky. not sure about vice a verse. MoR is [...]

    13. This book is the definition of hard science fiction. I will admit that there were a few pages of this book that I 'skimmed' because the physics speeches were over my head, but for the most part this did not impact my reading experience whatsoever. Egan does a good job of being technical enough to get the hard sci-fi fans salivating but balancing it with a great plot filled with intrigue to keep the non-geniuses (ie myself)turning the pages. No, this book is not an 'easy read' but you are rewarde [...]

    14. This isn't one of Egan's best, I think -- as always, the mathematical and science ideas are solid (and pleasantly mindblowing), but at times I felt like the story itself was taking a backseat. Extra points for some very positive explorations of gender and sexuality (including having a very sympathetically-written gender-neutral, asexual character who played a large part in the story). It's good overall, solid Egan -- I just thought that, while it started out strong and ended strong, there was a [...]

    15. My fav line in the book: "It seems to me your whole approach to these issues reflects a male, Western, reductionist, left-brained mode of thought." This book had cool tech, like raising a murder victim from the dead to ID the killer, gender migration, body sculpting, ifem, imale, umale, ufem, asex, moving your body or brain to match your gender identification (a GBLT paradise?). The whole Distress thing doesn't come in until the end. This book was a 1-star for most of the first 300 pages but got [...]

    16. This book is the very definition of not being subtle - but gosh, did I need it now, did I need all these thoughts about science and culture and religion being spoken out, written down for me to underline. And in a way, it's almost comforting that it was written more than 20 years ago; things did not become much better, but at least we the humanity survived the last 20 years. So maybe there is hope.

    17. 3,5/5La parte de ciencia está muy bien investigada y plantear conceptos en 1995 que hoy día aún están en desarrollo o son problemas reales tiene mucho mérito.El problema está con lo de siempre: la trama en sí no me acabó de interesar (y mira que la ciencia está bien implicada) y el protagonista me pareció despreciable.De todos modos, creo que sí que merece la pena leerlo.

    18. Biotecnología, física, sociología, política, sexualidad, metafísica, religión Greg Egan nos bombardea con ideas apasionantes y rompedoras sobre todos estos temas en cada capítulo de esta novela, a la vez que arma una trama coherente y emocionante. Ciencia ficción hard de la buena. Definitivamente Greg Egan se esta convirtiendo en uno de mis escritores favoritos.

    19. So, this book had a lot of cool stuff in it, particularly in terms of social movements that would come later in the real world (Nobinary gender, asexual, pro-condition autistic). However, it wasn't about any of these things, and was, well, boring.

    20. Good, similar to his other books in that it can be a bit aimless at times and mostly is interested in talking about science (which I like!), but has a few threads that go nowhere.

    21. L’énigme de l’univers décrit donc, dans un futur à une bonne cinquantaine d’année, les aventures d’un journaliste qui va couvrir une conférence de physique théorique sur une île artificielle; Durant cette conférence doit être révélée la Théorie Du Tout, qui est sous-jacente et contient toutes les forces physiques de l’univers. Malheureusement, une secte assez étrange fera tout pour empêcher la révélation de cette théorie. Sacré Greg Egan, la première fois que j’av [...]

    22. Thanks to this book I finally (kind of) understand what anarcho-syndicalism is. Ish.This was a brilliant book on a lot of levels. It takes some really serious physics that had even me cross-eyes at points, adds gender/sexuality politics and anarchy-syndicalism, and even manages to have a plot in there. The physics: the plot revolves around a physics conference and the possible revelation of a Theory of Everything, courtesy of (female, African) Nobel Prize winner Violet Mosala. There are people w [...]

    23. Originaly posted on SF Crowsnest Oct 2008.Yet again in this novel, Greg Egan mixes near-future prediction with dramatic speculation of what might conceivably come to pass, resulting in an entirely plausible picture of Earth that already shows signs of fulfilling his predictions thirteen years after its first publication.The main character Andrew Worth is a TV news reporter who makes use of built-in recording equipment and software to provide instantaneous and personalised eyewitness accounts of [...]

    24. The first 50 pages or so of Distress were really fun. Egan's description of the world in 2055 (or about then) was quirky but realistic (and his take on IT was particularly interesting given the book was written 10 years ago). The book follows Andrew Worth, a science journalist with cameras in his eyes and hardware in his belly. Good stuff.You can tell that Andrew's first few interviews/subjects are just background for the main story to come, but I was enthralled -- both by his technology and his [...]

    25. One of Egan's more archetypical novels. Hard, absolutely-correct mathematics? Check. Soft, total-obvious-bullshit interpretation of that math? Check. In the background, social justice warriors teamed up with religionists against the evils of knowledge? Check.I liked the treatment of sexuality. Usually I find myself more in-line with reactionary views (I think most M->F transgendered folk are mistaken in a very real sense), but the portrayal of the asexes and the ifems and ufems and stuff, it [...]

    26. Greg Egan is Australia’s preeminent hard SF writer. This one is my favorite of his, right after Quarantine and Permutation City. These three books are somewhat similar in that Egan starts us off in wonderfully realized near-future settings, and then later on throws some pretty heady concepts at us, such as quantum mechanics and string theory (he is the only SF author I have read who takes into account the kinds of power needs and processing lags a global cyberspace-like system would suffer if [...]

    27. “Any liveliness comes solely from the ideas,” hilariously writes Mr. Egan in his review of A New Kind of Science. However, it's not an issue per se that Distress itself doesn't go further than that.Neal Stephenson—another author famous for including lots of exposition—claims that “story is everything”; Greg Egan also “wants to tell a story”. However, while Mr. Stephenson writes great fiction, Mr. Egan tries to, and although there's an interview where he rants against standard [...]

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