- Tapa dura: 312 páginas
- Editor: Night Shade Books (11 de julio de 2017)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 159780892X
- ISBN-13: 978-1597808927
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº389.478 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Dichronauts (Inglés) Tapa dura – 11 jul 2017
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"Impressively bizarre . . . Egan may have out-Eganed himself with this one."ï¿½Publishers Weekly "Egan (The Arrows of Time, 2014, etc.) specializes in inventing seriously strange worlds; this one might well be his weirdest yet."ï¿½Kirkus Reviews "Hard science fiction in its purest form . . . Egan has always done the science half of science fiction as well as anyone can."ï¿½The 1000 Year Plan "Per usual for Egan, conceptualizing the math and physics that form the foundation of this bizarre sci-fi tale takes some doing, but the results are well worth the effort."ï¿½B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog
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Seth is a surveyor, along with his friend Theo, a leech-like creature running through his skull who tells Seth what lies to his left and right. Theo, in turn, relies on Seth for mobility, and for ordinary vision looking forwards and backwards. Like everyone else in their world, they are symbionts, depending on each other to survive. In the universe containing Seth's world, light cannot travel in all directions: there is a Â dark cone" to the north and south. Seth can only face to the east (or the west, if he tips his head backwards). If he starts to turn to the north or south, his body stretches out across the landscape, and to rotate as far as north-north-east is every bit as impossible as accelerating to the speed of light. Every living thing in Seth's world is in a state of perpetual migration as they follow the sun's shifting orbit and the narrow habitable zone it creates. Cities are being constantly disassembled at one edge and rebuilt at the other, with surveyors mapping safe routes ahead. But when Seth and Theo join an expedition to the edge of the habitable zone, they discover a terrifying threat: a fissure in the surface of the world, so deep and wide that no one can perceive its limits. As the habitable zone continues to move, the migration will soon be blocked by this unbridgeable void, and the expedition has only one option to save its city from annihilation: descend into the unknown.Ver Descripción del producto
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"Dichronauts" is no exception: choosing to set a novel in a universe with very different rules from our own is a long and respected tradition but the care and depth of analysis you'll find here is not as common. Of course, since it's not a treatise but a novel, Egan had to take some (several) shortcuts - the protagonists are explicitly tasked to explore and explain their world, which leads to more pages of exposition than I'd probably like, and there are occasions when their inner monologue (or conversation) have a slightly off-putting "As you know, Bob" tone. On the other hand, without information like this the reader would have to spend half the time consulting Egan's webpage to understand what's going on, so I feel the tradeoff is more than justified. As a side note: I strongly recommend doing that anyway, because the images and animations in the site's section dedicated to "Dichronauts" are rather useful for those of us who cannot easily visualize the consequences of having two time-like dimensions.
From a "literary" standpoint, the style is pretty much what readers of Egan are used to - clear, succinct prose with very few unneeded sentences - so I would say that appreciating his previous work is a rather solid indicator of whether you'll like this one. The converse is also true, unfortunately: if you don't like his pragmatic approach to character development, or his tendency to veer off into scientific discourse when you least expect it, you probably won't like this.
One final note: in more than one page it's easy to read between the lines and find socio-political commentary on the issues and subjects that Egan has explored in the past: (im)migration, reaction to and acceptance of different cultures, self and personality and so on. Given the colossal differences between "Dichronauts"' universe and ours, though, it's rather hard to understand when that's a deliberate choice by the author and when it's just me projecting.
In other words, while it's tempting to read "Dichronauts" as a super-charged Flatland, I feel like that would be doing a disservice to both: reading it as a stunningly in-depth documentary set in a majestically ambitious thought experiment is probably the right choice.
The geometry of the world of Dichronauts is impossible to intuit, but Egan describes it with such patience and clarity that it is also impossible to misunderstand. Flatland lies somewhere at the base of this book, but Egan far surpasses anything Abbott managed, both in playing with dimensions and the most brutal and poignant depiction of oppression I have ever seen in fiction.
This is why I love Egan's work – he is absolutely unflinching. He never cuts corners with his world, his characters' motivations, or the agonizing dilemmas in which they find themselves. They are people trying to do right in circumstances in which doing right is physically impossible. They get no magic wands to wave, no convenient shortcut to everyone's best interests..
Like all of Egan's work, Dichronauts is brilliant and sweet, heartbreaking and obscure. Having read it, I feel like I have some tools to tackle the real world as well.