By Greg Egan
Greg Egan turned the most popular new science-fiction writer of the Nineties and received the Hugo and John W. Campbell Memorial awards by way of extrapolating state of the art quantum physics and realization conception to create rigorous and radical new visions of the posthuman destiny. Schild's Ladder affirms Mr. Egan's position, with Olaf Stapledon and Poul Anderson, one of the giants of cosmic-scale SF. In Schild's Ladder, humanity has transcended either dying and Earth, and came across its domestic international is sort of specified as a cradle of lifestyles. because it spreads during the galaxy, humanity enjoys a virtually utopian existence--until a scientist unintentionally creates an impenetrable, progressively increasing vacuum that devours big name structures and threatens the whole universe with destruction. Tchicaya is a Yielder, member of the faction that believes this "novo-vacuum" merits research. The opposing Preservationists--among them Mariama, his first love--seek to save lots of worlds and break the novo-vacuum. Discord heats to terrorist violence; then enmities and alliances are became upside-down by means of a discovery which could suggest the novo-vacuum is, in its place, a brand new and extremely diversified universe--and one that may perhaps comprise lifestyles. --Cynthia Ward
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And he believed he could live in that light? He believed the embodied should end their flight, end their resistance, and march straight into that blinding whiteness? The borderlight was a surface phenomenon, a distractingly perfect veil. Whatever lay behind it could easily be as richly structured and complex as the universe he knew. ” Half the Rindler’s sixteen modules were devoted to accommod ation. The ship informed Tchicaya of the cabin he’d been alloc ated, but he declined detailed directions, since Yann seemed eager to continue as his guide.
Yann took a moment to interpret this. ” He sounded incredulous. Tchicaya was annoyed; it was a bit rich for a former acorpor eal to put such stock in where he had or hadn’t been, in the flesh. “Why would I have been in space? ” Yann smiled. ” Everything Tchicaya had heard about the state of play on the Rindler was out of date—though not by the full sixty years that his thirty-year journey would normally have implied. He did a quick calculation before confirming the result with the ship: fifty-two years had elapsed here, since the last bulletin that he’d received on Pachner had been sent.
He’d forgotten exactly where the tenth-last body he’d inhabited was stored, but when his authorization reached it, the memories sitting passively in its Qusp would be erased, and its flesh would be recycled into the same kind of waxen template as the one he’d just claimed as his own. The crib said, “There is no number ten, by my count. ” Tchicaya opened his mouth to protest, then realized that he’d spoken out of habit. When he’d left Pachner, thirty years before—a few subjective hours ago—he’d known full well that his body trail would be growing shorter by one while he was still in transit, and he wouldn’t have to lift a finger or say a word to make it happen.
Schild's Ladder: A Novel by Greg Egan