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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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Interview With Greg Egan

Interview With Greg Egan

(p.157) Interview With Greg Egan
Greg Egan

Karen Burnham

University of Illinois Press

This chapter presents an extensive interview with Greg Egan. Topics discussed include the kind of science fiction and nonfiction books that he read growing up; why he was initially attracted writing horror stories; sources that he uses when doing research for his books; whether he had ever been tempted to go into academia and formally study physics; cyberpunk authors that he has read; how he became interested in neuroscience; his thoughts on the way we construct identity given the organic influences of our brains and the potential for fine control of computerized brains; his take on the science of quantum mechanics as it relates to human minds; and if he would choose to upload himself if scanning technology were currently available.

Keywords:   Greg Egan, science fiction authors, interviews, horror stories, physics, cyberpunk, neuroscience, brain, identity, quantum mechanics

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