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Karen Burnham

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038419

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038419.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
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Greg Egan
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Karen Burnham

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038419.003.0001

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book focuses on the work of Australian science fiction (SF) author Greg Egan. At the time of this writing Egan has published twelve novels and sixty shorter stories. Over time we can chart a clear career trajectory that any author could be proud of: an early mix of successes and rejections, slowly finding his core themes and audience, getting published regularly, showing up in Year's Best anthologies, getting award nominations, moving from short stories to novels, and winning major awards. There is no doubt that what Egan writes is near the heart of contemporary SF and hard SF. More than any other contemporary science fiction writer, he has set himself a project of raising science's profile through art—to convince people that science is as important and critical to the human condition as romance or religion.

Keywords:   Greg Egan, science fiction authors, Australian writers, art, science

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