Greg Egan Books In Order

Subjective Cosmology Cycle Books In Publication Order

  1. Quarantine (1992)
  2. Permutation City (1994)
  3. Distress (1995)

Orthogonal Books In Publication Order

  1. The Clockwork Rocket (2011)
  2. The Eternal Flame (2012)
  3. The Arrows of Time (2013)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. An Unusual Angle (1983)
  2. Diaspora (1997)
  3. Blood Sisters (1998)
  4. Teranesia (1999)
  5. Schild’s Ladder (2002)
  6. Incandescence (2008)
  7. Zendegi (2010)
  8. Dichronauts (2017)
  9. Phoresis (2018)
  10. Zeitgeber (2019)

Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred (2016)
  2. Uncanny Valley (2017)
  3. The Nearest (2018)
  4. Perihelion Summer (2019)
  5. Dispersion (2020)

Short Story Collections In Publication Order

  1. Axiomatic (1990)
  2. Our Lady Of Chernobyl (1995)
  3. Luminous (1995)
  4. Dark Integers and Other Stories (2008)
  5. Oceanic (2009)
  6. Crystal Nights and Other Stories (2009)
  7. The Best of Greg Egan (2019)
  8. Instantiation (2020)

The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction Anthology Books In Publication Order

  1. The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 2 (2010)
  2. The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 3 (2011)
  3. The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 4 (2012)
  4. The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 5 (2013)
  5. The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 6 (2014)
  6. The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 7 (2015)
  7. The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 8 (2016)
  8. The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 9 (2017)
  9. The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 10 (2018)

The Year’s Top Hard Science Fiction Stories Books In Publication Order

  1. The Year’s Top Hard Science Fiction Stories (By:Alastair Reynolds,,Gregory Benford,,Allan Kaster,Ken Liu,Ted Kosmatka,,Paul J. McAuley) (2017)
  2. The Year’s Top Hard Science Fiction Stories 2 (By:Allan Kaster) (2018)
  3. The Year’s Top Hard Science Fiction Stories 3 (With: Alastair Reynolds,Peter Watts,Yoon Ha Lee,,Allan Kaster,Ken Liu,S.L. Huang,Paul J. McAuley) (2019)
  4. The Year’s Top Hard Science Fiction Stories 4 (With: Elizabeth Bear,,,,Peter Watts,Allan Kaster) (2020)

The Year’s Best Science Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Third Annual Collection (1986)
  2. The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Eleventh Annual Collection (1994)
  3. The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Fourteenth Annual Collection (1997)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Thirteenth Annual Collection (1996)
  2. The Best of the Best, Vol 2 (2007)
  3. The Year’s Top Hard Science Fiction Stories 3 (2019)
  4. The Year’s Top Hard Science Fiction Stories 4 (2020)
  5. The 2020 Look at Space Opera Book (2020)

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Greg Egan Books Overview


It causes riots and religions. It has people dancing in the streets and leaping off skyscrapers. And it’s all because of the impenetrable gray shield that slid into place around the solar system on the night of November 15, 2034. Some see the bubble as the revenge of an insane God. Some see it as justice. Some even see it as protection. But one thing is for certain now there is the universe, and the earth. And never the twain shall meet. Or so it seems. Until a bio enhanced PI named Nick Stavrianos takes on a job for an anonymous client: find a girl named Laura who disappeared from a mental institution by the most direct possible method walking through the walls.

Permutation City

The good news is that you have just awakened into Eternal Life. You are going to live forever. Immortality is a reality. A medical miracle? Not exactly. The bad news is that you are a scrap of electronic code. The world you see around you, the you that is seeing it, has been digitized, scanned, and downloaded into a virtual reality program. You are a Copy that knows it is a copy. The good news is that there is a way out. By law, every Copy has the option of terminating itself, and waking up to normal flesh and blood life again. The bail out is on the utilities menu. You pull it down…
The bad news is that it doesn’t work. Someone has blocked the bail out option. And you know who did it. You did. The other you. The real you. The one that wants to keep you here forever.


Greg Egan’s audacious voice and literary scope create a fragmented futuristic world where technology and bio engineering threaten humanity’s very existence. It is the year 2055 and the battle of the sexes has seven combatants rather than two. ‘The illusion of empathy’ has been dispensed with, and a few idealistic souls try to create a Utopia with pirated technology. But a wired journalist, Andrew Worth, doesn’t want any part of the pop ‘Frankenscience’ regularly dished out to the mas*ses. To get the real sbacksy, he goes to Stateless to cover the Einstein Centenary Conference where academic science is ready to reveal the ultimate breakthrough. Unfortunately Academia’s facade of civility is dangerously cracked with a seething maelstrom of plotting, assassination attempts, and rebellion and Worth is dragged down into the nightmare. The world’s only hope for survival lies in Violet Mosasa’s development of a final Theory of Everything but whether it will lead to the total destruction of Life As We Know It or the complete re making of the Universe may be a risk too dangerous to take.’Hot new writer Greg Egan is on his way with considerable velocity.’Gardner Dozois

The Clockwork Rocket

In Yalda’s universe, light has no universal speed and its creation generates energy. On Yalda’s world, plants make food by emitting their own light into the dark night sky. As a child, Yalda witnesses one of a series of strange meteors, the Hurtlers, that are entering the planetary system at an immense, unprecedented speed. It becomes apparent that her world is in imminent danger and the task of dealing with the Hurtlers will require knowledge and technology far beyond anything her civilization has yet achieved! Only one solution seems tenable: if a spacecraft can be sent on a journey at sufficiently high speed, its trip will last many generations for those on board, but it will return after just a few years have passed at home. The travelers will have a chance to discover the science their planet urgently needs, and bring it back in time to avert disaster.


Behold the orphan. Born into a world that is not a world.A digital being grown from a mind seed, a genderless cybernetic citizen in a vast network of probes, satellites and servers knitting the Solar System into one scape, from the outer planets to the fiery surface of the Sun. Since the Introdus in the 21st century, humanity has reconfigured itself drastically. Most chose immortality, joining the polises to become conscious software. Others opted for gleisners: Disposable, renewable robotic bodies that remain in contact with the physical world of force and friction. Many of these have left the Solar System forever in fusion drive starships. And there are the holdouts. The fleshers left behind in the muck and jungle of Earth some devolved into dream apes; others cavorting in the seas or the air; while the statics and bridges try to shape out a roughly human destiny. But the complacency of the citizens is shattered when an unforeseen disaster ravages the fleshers, and reveals the possibility that the polises themselves might be at risk from bizarre astrophysical processes that seem to violate fundamental laws of nature. The Orphan joins a group of citizens and flesher refugees in a search for the knowledge that will guarantee their safety a search that puts them on the trail of the ancient and elusive Transmuters, who have the power to reshape subatomic particles, and to cross into the macrocosmos, where the universe we know is nothing but a speck in the higher dimensional vacuum. Quite simply the boldest and most wildly speculative writer of his generation, Greg Egan has written a quantum Brave New World for the century’s end a masterful SF saga envisioning a time when not only humanity but ‘reality’ itself will be but a memory. It is a novel unlike anything you have ever read. Or even imagined.

Blood Sisters

Why waste years designing viruses for biological warfare when blind mutation and natural selection was all that was required? The theory was, they’d set up a few trillion copies of their system. The theory also included 520 people all sticking scrupulously to official procedure, day after day, month after month, without a moment of carelessness, laziness or forgetfulness. Apparently, nobody bothered to compute the probability of that or of finding wonder drugs.


Prabir Suresh and his younger sister, Madhursee, live in a remote paradise called Teranesia, where their biologist parents are studying an unexplained genetic mutation among the island’s butterflies. Then civil war erupts across Indonesia, shattering their idyllic world and their lives. Twenty years later, Prabir is still plagued by feelings of guilt and an overwhelming responsiblity for his sister, now a biologist herself. Against his advice, Madhurse is returning to Teranesia to solve the mystery of the butterflies and study strange new plant and animal species that have been emerging throughout the region species seperated from their known cousins by dramatic mutations that seem far too efficient to have arisen by chance. Afraid for her safety, Prabir joins forces with independant scientist Martha Grant to find her. But what he will discover on Teranesia is far more dangerous and wondrous than he can ever fear or imagine..

Schild’s Ladder

The Age of Death ended countless millennia ago. No longer burdened by limited lifespans, the immortal humans who populate inhabited space now have the luxury to travel vast distances effortlessly and to tinker with the intricate mechanics of spacetime. But one such experiment in quantum physics has had a catastrophic and unanticipated result, creating an enormous, rapidly expanding vacuum a region of new physics with the frightening potential to devour countless inhabited solar systems. Tchicaya abandoned his homeworld four thousand years ago to travel the universe, freely choosing, as have others of his bent, to endure the hardships of distance and loneliness for the sake of knowledge and experience. Aboard the Rindler, a starship trawling the border of the allconsuming novo vacuum, he feels his endless life has new purpose. For the Rindler is the center for the scientific study the phenomenon a common ground for Preservationists and Yielders alike, those working to halt and destroy the encroaching worlds eater…
and those determinedto investigate its marvels while allowing its growth to continue unchecked. Tchicaya has allied himself firmly with the latter camp. The passing decades and inevitable expansion of the void widen the great rift between the two factions, intensifying what was once simply ideological differences into something more angry, explosive, and dangerous. And the arrival of Tchicaya’s fiery first love, Mariama, and her immediate embracing of the Preservationist cause, intensifies an inner turmoil he has been struggling with since his distant childhood. But everything onboard the Rindler and, ultimately, in the inhabited universe itself is on the cusp of further cataclysmic change, as the Yielders’ explorations threaten to transform discord into violent action and potential xenocide. For new evidence suggests that something unthinkable is developing at an astounding rate deep within the mysterious, 600 light years wide void something neither Tchicaya and his compatriots nor Mariama and hers could ever have imagined possible: life.


The long awaited new novel from Greg Egan! Hugo Award winning author Egan returns to the field with Incandescence, a new novel of hard SF. The Amalgam spans nearly the entire galaxy, and is composed of innumerable beings from a wild variety of races, some human or near it, some entirely other. The one place that they cannot go is the bulge, the bright, hot center of the galaxy. There dwell the Aloof, who for millions of years have deflected any and all attempts to communicate with or visit them. So when Rakesh is offered an opportunity to travel within their sphere, in search of a lost race, he cannot turn it down. Roi is a member of that lost race, which is not only lost to the Amalgam, but lost to itself. In their world, there is but toil, and history and science are luxuries that they can ill afford. Rakesh’s journey will take him across millennia and light years. Roi’s will take her across vistas of learning and discovery just as vast.


In the near future, journalist Martin Seymour travels to Iran to cover the parliamentary elections. Most would-be opposition candidates are disqualified and the election becomes the non-event the world expects. But shortly afterward a compromising image of a government official captured on a mobile phone triggers a revolutionary movement that overthrows the old theocracy. Nasim Golestani, a young Iranian scientist living in exile in the United States, is hoping to work on the Human Connectome Project – which aims to construct a detailed map of the wiring of the human brain – but when government funding for the project is canceled and a chance comes to return to her homeland, she chooses to head back to Iran. Fifteen years after the revolution, Martin is living in Iran with his wife and young son, while Nasim is in charge of the virtual world known as Zendegi, used by millions of people for entertainment and business. When Zendegi comes under threat from powerful competitors, Nasim draws on her old skills, and data from the now-completed Human Connectome Project, to embark on a program to create more lifelike virtual characters and give the company an unbeatable edge. As controversy grows over the nature and rights of these software characters, tragedy strikes Martin’s family. Martin turns to Nasim, seeking a solution that no one else can offer…
but Zendegi is about to become a battlefield.


From junkes who drink at the time stream, to love affairs in time reversed galaxies; from gene altered dolphins that converse only in limericks, to the program that allows you to design your own child; from the brain implants called Axiomatics, to the strange attractors that spin off new religions, Greg Egan’s future is frighteningly close to our present.


Luminous collects together one original story plus nine previously unpublished in book form. Greg Egan’s short fiction is at the cutting edge of the genre. His stories range from near future predictions to far future, far space improvisations. His grasp of the latest scientific breakthroughs is unparalleled in science fiction. The stories include ‘Transition Dreams’, ‘Cocoon’, ‘Our Lady of Chernobyl’, the title story ‘Luminous‘ and ‘The Planck Drive’. Egan’s particular interests range from the farther shores of chaos theory and black hole science to bio technology and cloning.

Dark Integers and Other Stories

Greg Egan’s first new collection in a decade contains five stories, set in three worlds. In ‘Luminous,’ two mathematicians searching for a flaw in the structure of arithmetic find themselves pitted against a ruthless arms manufacturer. In ‘Dark Integers,’ their discovery has become even more dangerous, as they struggle to prevent a war between two worlds capable of mutual annihilation. ‘Riding the Crocodile’ chronicles a couple’s epic endeavor a million years from now to bridge the divide between the meta civilization known as the Amalgam and the reclusive Aloof. ‘Glory,’ set in the same future, tells of two archaeologists striving to decipher the artifacts of an ancient civilization. In the Hugo winning ‘Oceanic,’ a boy is inducted into a religion that becomes the center of his life, but as an adult he must face evidence that casts a new light on his faith.

Crystal Nights and Other Stories

The nine stories in Greg Egan’s new collection range from parables of contemporary human conflict and ambition to far future tales of our immortal descendants. In ‘Lost Continent’, a time traveler seeking refuge from a war torn land faces hostility and bureaucratic incompetence. ‘Crystal Nights’ portrays a driven man’s moral compromises as he chases an elusive technological breakthrough, while in ‘Steve Fever’ the technology itself falls victim to its own hype.’TAP’ brings us a new kind of poetry, where a word is more powerful than a thousand images. ‘Singleton’ shows us a new kind of child, born of human DNA modeled in a quantum computer who, in ‘Oracle’, journeys to a parallel world to repay a debt to an intellectual ancestor.’Induction’ chronicles the methods and motives behind humanity s first steps to the stars. ‘Border Guards’ reflects on the painful history of a tranquil utopia. And in the final story, ‘Hot Rock’, two immortal citizens of the galaxy spanning Amalgam find that an obscure, sunless world conceals mind spinning technological marvels, bitter factional struggles, and a many layered secret history. Greg Egan is the author of seven novels and over fifty short stories. He is a winner of the Hugo Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 2

An unabridged audio collection of the best of the best science fiction stories published in 2009 by current and emerging masters of the genre, as narrated by top voice talents. In Erosion, by Ian Creasey, A man tests the limits of his exo suit prior to leaving a dying Earth. In As Women Fight, by Sara Genge, a hunter, in a society of body switchers, has no time to train for a fight to inhabit his wife’s body. In A Story, with Beans, by Steven Gould, the role of religion in a dystopian future plagued with metal eating bugs is considered. In Events Preceding the Helvetican Renaissance, by John Kessel, a monk, in the far future, steals the only copy of a set of plays from a repressive regime and uses this loot to free his people. In On the Human Plan, by Jay Lake, a mysterious alien visits a far future, dying Earth in search of the death of Death. Set in the Jackaroo sequence, Crimes and Glory, by Paul McAuley, a detective chases a thief to recover alien technology that both aliens and humanity are desperate to recover. Set in the Lovecraftian Boojum universe, Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear, a vermin hunter and his tentacled assistant come on board a space station to hunt toves and raths. In Before My Last Breath, by Robert Reed, a geologist discovers a strange fossil in a coal mine that leads to the discovery of a peculiar graveyard. In The Island, by Peter Watts, a woman on a spaceship must decide whether to place a stargate near an alien society that will ultimately destroy it. Finally, This Peaceable Land; or, The Unbearable Vision of Harriet Beecher Stowe, by Robert Charles Wilson, is an alternate American Civil War history in which the war was never fought, slavery gradually disappeared, and Uncle Tom s Cabin was never published. More than 9.5 hours on 8 CDs, read by Tom Dheere, Vanessa Hart, and J. P. Linton.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Third Annual Collection

Third in series, winner of the 1987 Locus Poll Award, Best Anthology. Contents include Introduction: Summation: 1985, essay by Gardner Dozois; The Jaguar Hunter, by Lucius Shepard nominated, 1985 Nebula Award, 1985 World Fantasy Award; Dogfight, by Michael Swanwick and William Gibson nominated, 1985 Nebula Award, 1986 Hugo Award; Fermi and Frost, by Frederik Pohl winner, 1986 Hugo Award; Green Days in Brunei, by Bruce Sterling nominated, 1985 Nebula Award; Snow, by John Crowley nominated, 1985 Nebula Award, 1986 Hugo Award; The Fringe, by Orson Scott Card nominated, 1985 Nebula Award, 1986 Hugo Award; The Lake Was Full of Artificial Things, by Karen Joy Fowler; Sailing to Byzantium, by Robert Silverberg winner, 1985 Nebula Award; nominated, 1986 Hugo Award; Solstice, by James Patrick Kelly; Duke Pasquale’s Ring, novella by Avram Davidson; More Than the Sum of His Parts, by Joe Haldeman nominated, 1985 Nebula Award; Out of All Them Bright Stars, by Nancy Kress Winner, 1985 Nebula Award; Side Effects, by Walter Jon Williams; The Only Neat Thing to Do, by James Tiptree, Jr. nominated, 1985 Nebula Award, 1986 Hugo Award; winner, 1986 Locus Poll Award; Dinner in Audoghast, by Bruce Sterling nominated, 1986 Hugo Award; Under Siege, by George R. R. Martin 1986 Locus Poll Award, 6th Place; Flying Saucer Rock & Roll, by Howard Waldrop nominated, 1985 Nebula Award, 1986 Hugo Award; A Spanish Lesson, by Lucius Shepard Locus Poll Award, 11th Place; Roadside Rescue, by Pat Cadigan; Paper Dragons, by James P. Blaylock winner, 1986 World Fantasy Award; nominated, 1985 Nebula Award; Magazine Section, by R. A. Lafferty; The War at Home, by Lewis Shiner 1986 Locus Poll Award, 21st Place; Rockabye Baby, by S. C. Sykes nominated, 1985 Nebula Award; Green Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson nominated, 1985 Nebula Award, 1986 Hugo Award.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Fourteenth Annual Collection

Join twenty eight of today’s finest writers for a host of imaginative tours through worlds as fabulous as the farthest galaxy and as strange as life on earth can be. Among the talented story tellers in this volume are: Stephen Baxter, James P. Blaylock, Tony Daniel, Gregory Feeley, Gwyneth Jones, Jonathan Lethem, Robert Reed, Michael Sanwick, Cherry Wilder, Walter Jon Williams, Gene Wolfe, Steven Utley, and many more of tomorrow’s leading imaginations. Gardener Dozois’s summary of the year in science fiction and a long list of honorable mentions round out this volume, making it the one book for anyone who’s interested in SF today.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Thirteenth Annual Collection

The marvels of tomorrows past and tomorrows yet to come abound in this delightful volume. With two dozen imaginative and moving tales, this collection included the work of the finest writers in the field, among them: Poul Anderson, Terry Bisson, Pat Cadigan, Greg Egan, Michael F. Flynn, Joe Haldeman, James Patrick Kelly, John Kessel, Nancy Kress, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ian R. MacLeod, David Marusek, Paul J. McAuley, Maureen F. McHugh, Robert Reed, Mary Rosenblum, Geoff Ryman, William Sanders, Dan Simmons, Brian Stableford, Allen Steele, Michael Swanwick. A helpful list of honorable mentions and Gardner Dozois’s insightful summation of the year in science fiction round out the volume, making it indispensable for anyone interested in science fiction today.

The Best of the Best, Vol 2

For more than twenty years The Year’s Best Science Fiction has been recognized as the best collection of short science fiction writing in the universe and an essential resource for every science fiction fan. In 2005 the original Best of the Best collected the finest short stories from that series and became a benchmark in the SF field. Now, for the first time ever, Hugo Award winning editor Gardner Dozios sifts through hundreds of stories and dozens of authors who have gone on to become some of the most esteemed practitioners of the form, to bring readers the ultimate anthology of short science fiction novels from his legendary series. Included are such notable short novels as: Sailing to Byzantium by Robert SilverbergIn the fiftieth century, people of Earth are able to create entire cities on a whim, including those of mythology and legend. When twentieth century traveler Charles Philip accidentally lands in this aberrant time period, he is simultaneously obsessed with discovering more about this alluring world and getting back home. But in a world made entirely of man’s creation, things are not always as they seem on the surface. Forgiveness Day by Ursula K. Le GuinLe Guin returns to her Hainish settled interstellar community, the Edumen, to tell the tale of two star crossed lovers who are literally worlds apart in this story of politics, violence, religion, and cultural disparity. Turquoise Days by Alastair ReynoldsOn a sea wold planet covered with idyllic tropical oceans, peace seems pervasive. Beneath the placid water lurks an ominous force that has the potential to destroy all tranquility. Contributors include: Greg Egan; Joe Haldeman; James Patrick Kelly; Nancy Kress; Ursula K. Le Guin; Ian R. MacLeod; Ian McDonald; Maureen F. McHugh; Frederick Pohl; Alastair Reynolds; Robert Silverberg; Michael Swanwick; Walter Jon Williams With work spanning two decades, The Best of the Best, Volume 2 stands as the ultimate anthology of short science fiction novels ever published in the world.

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