Alison [his wife] knew all about us; apparently, shed known since childhood that her husband would turn out to be a piece of shit. Greg Egan is a terrific writer. AXIOMATIC Eighteen science fiction short stories collected here, mind-expanders blasting out to the frontiers of futuristic biochemistry, physics, pharmacology, electrical engineering and most everything in between. So, if Londoner Simon is off to conduct business in Tokyo, a language implant would provide him with the facility to communicate in Japanese for three days the desired effect of an implant is short-term.
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Neural Mods[ edit ] Several Axiomatic stories involve "neural mods", usually presented as small tubes containing powder inhaled through the nose, which alter the brains of their users in highly specific ways with advanced nanotechnology.
The Jewel[ edit ] Two stories, "Learning to Be Me" and "Closer" , involve a different kind of neural implant called a "jewel"—a small computer inserted into the brain at birth that monitors its activity in order to learn how to mimic its behavior. In this way, people with the jewel can eliminate the cognitive decline associated with aging by implementing their minds on a machine.
Also, by transplanting the jewels into cloned bodies genetically altered to develop without brains, they can live youthfully forever. Minds uploaded to computers[ edit ] Minds are transferred to computers in a different style in "A Kidnapping".
People wishing to upload themselves into computer simulations to avoid death are periodically scanned so that a recent copy of the individual can be simulated in the event of death. Due to limited computing resources, however, uploaded people are simulated slower than their physical counterparts, making communication between them difficult. Other stories in Axiomatic[ edit ] "The Infinite Assassin" — An illegal recreational drug allows people to travel between parallel universes with disastrous side effects.
The Moral Virologist — Inspired by the AIDS epidemic, a fundamentalist Christian devotes his life to the creation of virus that will kill those he views as sexually immoral. Adaptations[ edit ] The production of a short film inspired by the story "Axiomatic" commenced in ,  and the film was released online in October
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Fecage Probably one of the coolest stories in this collection. Egan knows his business and his ideas are mind-blowing! While this is true of all fiction, sff must work harder to achieve it. The unjeweled form social clubs. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. In Distress this was undertaken by rich survivalists who planned on surviving the post-holocaust world by eating grass and old tires.