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Distress by Greg Egan
Gollancz Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780575081734
Date: 07 February 2008 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

This 1995 Greg Egan novel is the third in his Subjective Cosmology sequence and won the premier Australian SF award in 96, the Golden Aurealis - scoring a double that year for Egan, who also scooped the award in the short fiction category.

"On the utopian, man-made island, Stateless, Nobel Prize winner Violet Mosala is close to solving the greatest problem of her career - the quest for the ultimate Theory of Everything (TOE) is almost over. Burned out by recording the abuses of biotech for his TV news syndicate, Andrew Worth grabs the chance to follow Violet's story. In contrast the world of theoretical physics seems like an anaesthetised mathematical heaven, where everything is cool and abstract. He could not have been more wrong. One by on Mosala's rival quantum physicists are disappearing from the scientific summit at 'Stateless. But why? Is it something to do with Violet herself, or is there some other, more esoteric, force at work undermining the Theory of Everything Conference?"

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