Luminous (2nd Edition) by Greg Egan

By Greg Egan

Luminous is a gorgeous selection of ground-breaking science-fiction tales through Hugo Award–winning writer Greg Egan. The tales during this assortment have seemed in such technological know-how fiction magazines as Interzone and Asimov’s.

• “Chaff”, first released in Interzone #78, December 1993
• “Mitochondrial Eve”, first released in Interzone #92, February 1995
• “Luminous”, first released in Asimov’s technological know-how Fiction, September 1995
• “Mister Volition”, first released in Interzone #100, October 1995
• “Cocoon”, first released in Asimov’s technology Fiction, may well 1994
• “Transition Dreams”, first released in Interzone #76, October 1993
• “Silver Fire”, first released in Interzone #102, December 1995
• “Reasons to be Cheerful”, first released in Interzone #118, April 1997
• “Our girl of Chernobyl”, first released in Interzone #83, may possibly 1994
• “The Planck Dive”, first released in Asimov’s technology Fiction, February 1998

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Our parents had fallen asleep in front of the television, and the two of us had retired to the screened-in gazebo in the backyard, which my big brother had been referring to, ever since he’d registered for the draft, as the Veterans of Unjust Wars Hall. Cliff was eighteen then: nearly twice as old as me; twice as tall; two times more likely to make a joke about something that wasn’t the least bit funny. “Staying? ” The butane lighter scritched; a tiny flame genuflecting as my brother inhaled and the bong water gurgled.

It’s genuine, drawn from a well of tenderness intended for a different child, but the well is deep enough, full enough. No dice. Turning to Kevin, the girl asks, Should I take my shoes off first? Initially, it’s a feeling of déjà vu: a girl at the door, pink backpack, this girl with these eyes. Standing in the foyer with her feels like watching a defective video disc, as if time is just a lot of digital data subject to random skipping. But the sensation doesn’t peak and fade. Only gets sharper and harder to understand.

I took a deep breath. ” He got that look on his face again, like maybe he didn’t trust me. Then he nodded, like I was the most solid person he’d ever met, and rose to his fungal feet and went inside. Across the street, my house was a shadow in the dusk. I’d left a light on in my room. I could make out the shape of a baseball pennant on the wall, and imagined having an hallucination in which I saw myself there, coming close to the window and looking across the street. Behind me now, the screen door opened.

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