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By Greg Egan

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

Axiomatic is an excellent number of eighteen brief tales via Hugo Award–winning writer Greg Egan. The tales during this assortment have seemed in such technology 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 basically in limericks to this system which will layout your personal baby; from the mind implants known as axiomatics to the unusual attractors that spin off new religions; from bioengineering to the recent physics; and from cyberpunk to the digital frontier, Greg Egan’s destiny is frighteningly just about our personal present.
Included during this assortment are such remarkable tales as:

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

Axiomatic is the suitable assortment for any technology fiction fan, specifically one that enjoys Greg Egan’s paintings. The tales are ingenious and insightful, and written basically the way in which that Greg Egan can do so.

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