by Greg Egan
Gollancz Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780575081635
Date: 15 May 2008 List Price £12.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Gollancz's mammoth reissue of Greg Egan's entire (and extremely impressive) back list a couple of months ago paved the way for this, his brand new novel Incandescence, now released in trade paperback.
"A million years from now, the galaxy is divided between the vast, cooperative meta-civilisation known as the Amalgam, and the silent occupiers of the galactic core known as the Aloof. The Aloof have long rejected all attempts by the Amalgam to enter their territory, but have occasionally permitted travellers to take a perilous ride as unencrypted data in their communications network, providing a short-cut across the galaxy's central bulge. When Rakesh encounters a traveller, Lahl, who claims she was woken by the Aloof on such a journey and shown a meteor full of traces of DNA, he accepts her challenge to try to find the uncharted world deep in the Aloof's territory from which the meteor originated. Roi and Zak live inside the Splinter, a world of rock that swims in a sea of light they call the Incandescence. Living on the margins of a rigidly organised society, they seek to decipher the subtle clues that might reveal the true nature of the Splinter. In fact, the Splinter is orbiting a black hole, which is about to capture a neighbouring star, wreaking havoc.As the signs of danger grow, Roi, Zak, and a growing band of recruits struggle to understand and take control of their fate."