New York Review of Science Fiction #307

Karen Burnham et al.

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Special Relativistic Time Dilation Issue: Karen Burnham gauges Greg Egan’s Orthogonality; Brian Stableford: The Shelleys’ Prometheuses; Joe Milicia on Charles Stross’s Neptune’s Brood; Martin Morse Wooster on Moorcock’s Pyat novels; Derek K’nsken on David Hartwell’s Year’s Best 18; Darrell Schweitzer on Clark Ashton Smith’s poetry; Jen Gunnels on Jeanne Beckwith’s Nothing Stays; Peter Rawlik on Ramsey Campbell’s Ghosts Know; Michael Swanwick on Davidson, Robinson & more; Michael Andre-Driussi on the Gene Wolfe Tribute

March 2014 Table of Contents

    • Karen Burnham: Free Will in a Closed Universe: Greg Egan’s Orthogonal Trilogy
    • Neptune’s Brood: A Space Opera by Charles Stross, reviewed by Joe Milicia
    • The Vengeance of Rome: The Fourth Volume of the Colonel Pyat Quartet by Michael Moorcock, reviewed by Martin Morse Wooster
    • The Year’s Best SF 18, edited by David G. Hartwell, reviewed by Derek Künsken
    • Brian Stableford: The Romantic Prometheia: A Watershed in the Evolution of Scientific Romance
    • The Complete Poetry and Translations of Clark Ashton Smith, edited by S.T. Joshi and David E. Schultz, reviewed by Darrell Schweitzer
    • Nothing Stays, written by Jeanne Beckwith, directed by Teresa Langston, reviewed by Jen Gunnels
    • Ghosts Know by Ramsey Campbell, reviewed by Peter Rawlik
    • Michael Swanwick: Four Short Fiction and Essay Reviews
    • Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe, edited by J. E. Mooney and Bill Fawcett, reviewed by Michael Andre-Driussi
    • Screed
    • Photos
  • Editorial: Comfort and Affliction

Karen Burnham: Free Will in a Closed Universe: Greg Egan’s Orthogonal Trilogy

Greg Egan’s fiction is best known for its hard sf elements: the math, the physics, the computer science, and so forth. In that sense, the recently concluded Orthogonal trilogy (consisting of The Clockwork Rocket, The Eternal Flame, and The Arrows of Time) is a culmination of a progression towards including harder and more rigorous science in his science fiction. An element of Egan’s fiction that has not garnered as much overt attention is his theme of examining free will and its limits. In that sense, the Orthogonal trilogy forms a continuation of a line of thought that has been running through his fiction for over twenty years although it is less of a culmination than a complication.

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