We’re thrilled to tell you that SF Signal contributor Karen Burnham has written a book on science fiction writer Greg Egan. The book, simply titled Greg Egan, is part of the Modern Masters of Science Fiction series published by University of Illinois Press and is the first study of the hard sci-fi pioneer. The book also includes a rare interview with Egan himself. It will be published in April 2014.

Here’s the synopsis:

Greg Egan (1961- ) publishes works that challenge readers with rigorous, deeply-informed scientific speculation. He unapologetically delves into mathematics, physics, and other disciplines in his prose, putting him in the vanguard of the hard science fiction renaissance of the 1990s.

A working physicist and engineer, Karen Burnham is uniquely positioned to provide the first in-depth study of Egan’s science-heavy oeuvre. She traces the author’s career from his early short stories through novels like Permutation City and Schild’s Ladder and the Hugo Award-winning novella “Oceanic,” analyzing how Egan used cutting-edge scientific theories as a way to explore ethical questions and the nature of humanity. As Burnham shows, Egan’s collected works constitute a bold artistic statement: that narratives of science are equal to those of poetry and drama, and that science holds a place in the human condition as exalted as religion or art.

The volume includes a rare interview with the famously press-shy Egan covering his works, themes, intellectual interests, and thought processes.

“Greg Egan is one of the most fascinating and challenging of modern science fiction writers, and Burnham–an engineer and physicist as well as a science fiction critic–brings exactly the needed combination of skills to bear on his fiction, which can range from the densely theoretical to the intensely humanistic. The book ends with the most cogent and forthcoming interview with Egan that I’ve seen.” –Gary K. Wolfe, author of Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature

Congratulations, Karen!

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Series: Modern Masters of Science Fiction
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition (April 30, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0252079930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252079931

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