Axiomatic: Short Stories of Science Fiction

By Greg Egan

“Wonderful, mind-expanding stuff, and good written too.”
The Guardian

Axiomatic is a superb number of eighteen brief tales through Hugo Award–winning writer Greg Egan. The tales during this assortment have seemed in such technological know-how fiction magazines as Interzone and Asimov’s among 1989 and 1992.

From junkies who drink on the time-stream to like affairs in time-reversed galaxies; from gene-altered dolphins that speak in simple terms in limericks to this system so one can layout your individual baby; from the mind implants referred to as axiomatics to the unusual attractors that spin off new religions; from bioengineering to the hot physics; and from cyberpunk to the digital frontier, Greg Egan’s destiny is frighteningly with regards to our personal present.
Included during this assortment are such fantastic tales as:

“Axiomatic”
“Into Darkness”
“The Safe-Deposit Box”
“Blood Sisters”
And many more!

Axiomatic is definitely the right assortment for any technological know-how fiction fan, in particular one that enjoys Greg Egan’s paintings. The tales are ingenious and insightful, and written purely the way in which that Greg Egan can do so.

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