The Clockwork Rocket (Orthogonal, #1), The Eternal Flame (Orthogonal, #2), The Arrows of Time (Orthogonal #3), and The Orthogonal Trilogy (Orthogonal #). The Orthogonal Universe gets its name from the trilogy set in it. It’s a universe with a consequences). It’s extensively documented on Greg Egan’s homepage. More details at · share| improve this answer. answered Jul 17 ’16 at Greg Egan.

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The Clockwork Rocket

So The Clockwork Rocket is a pitch perfect example of how to imagine aliens that are not “costume aliens” ie pseudo-humans with one human characteristic expanded to usually grotesque proportions a la Star Trek species, but that are similar enough that we understand and care about them And I admit that I shed a tear at the ending. But then they climbed on board the peace train and threw out the driver.

A harsh universe with unstable matter, but also a culture of cities, science, technology, orthkgonal, books, philosophers, scientists Orthogonal is set in a universe where physical laws are different from ours in some important ways: People have variable morphologies: I wish I could comment as glowingly about The Clockwork Rocket.

To some extent that deficit can be justified by literary choices such as not using a single equation Luckily, the equations are kept for the appendices and the author’s website, but still, these parts may not be easy to greb to some.

Orthogonal — Greg Egan

This is a more reflective book than a lot of steampunk, but it has common elements. I got a great deal of enjoyment out of reading this book – there were aliens with non-human physiology and cultural practices, and a well-thought-out alternate physics with enough similarity to real physics that I got insight into the real world from the discussions of the “rotational physics” in the book just as an English-speaker can get insight into English grammar by studying a related but different language like Germanbut more than that there were characters I really liked.


Did Yalda make a mistake by ceding leadership? When each of these females in turn is ready, she and her co male partner meld and she likewise splits into four – and the children will then be raised by her co. Here, the greatest stylistic twist is that there is no counterpoint perspective from a more familiar human or near-human protagonist, nor indeed, any additional first-person characters.

Part of a multi-eon trilogy, we’re not really sure what’s goin This one was just He said the whole idea of a city in the void was insane.

The rocket contains a scientific mission which purpose is to research the meteors and ways to stop them, and come back to the world before it is too late. Now if that is not science fiction at its hardest core, I don’t know what is.

Return to Book Page. By the end of the first several pages, we are absolutely certain that we are not in Kansas anymore.

Trivia About The Clockwork Roc If hard-core science fiction is grfg thing, this is the book for you. I’m not in a hurry to read the next ones. Orthogonal is the story of Yalda and her descendants, sgan to survive the perils of their long mission and carve out meaningful lives for themselves, while the threat of annihilation hangs over the world they left behind. This book has everything: Along with the physics, Egan has incorporated some rather profound discussion of gender and reproduction, all within a quite compelling story about saving the world.

For once, I’d love to read a book that genuinely, sensitively explores one of Egan’s amazing worlds from the point of view of anyone other than a scientist. But the reader does get a clear view of how a few keen minds uncovered the laws that govern their universe. Ean 11, John rated it really liked it.


I read enough of the latter to get the gist of the premise underlying this univer Excellent new offering by Egan, backed by a dissertation of ” more than 80, words of text and over a hundred illustrations. First, Yalda’s species has an interesting reproductive cycle. The second thing was the reproductive biology of the alien species he created.

It therefore needs to be a 4-sphere. If you want to approach a genuinely different universe, expertly portrayed, then yes. Plants emit light at night. As a result, I had been putting off reading this trilogy of fat books which I saw as a kind of concession to commercial concerns pointlessly drawn-out series seem to sell well no matter how ill-suited the form is to science fiction. You need to login to do this. The second tension is an impending apocalypse caused by two universes with different rules of physics colliding.

On top of these fundamentals, Egan creates a character and a plot.

A crash with an orthongonal star. On book one, it centres on contraception and birth control.

MackTuesday If it’s an imposter, it’s a very convincing one. MackTuesday 1, 8 The main exposition, listed here, requires only high school mathematics: All like our own world, but not quite.