Axiomatic: Short Stories of Science Fiction

By Greg Egan

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

Axiomatic is an excellent number of eighteen brief tales by means of 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 communicate purely in limericks to this system with a view to layout your personal baby; from the mind implants known 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 reference to our personal present.
Included during this assortment are such brilliant tales as:

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

Axiomatic is 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 simply the best way that Greg Egan can do so.

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