Perth is home to one of the world’s most acclaimed science-fiction writers – Greg Egan. His mind twisting novels and short stories combine intriguing scientific thought experiments and engaging writing.
My favourite is his collection of short stories Axiomatic. The pick of the collection starts with this memorable sentence:
I was six years old when my parents told me there was a small, dark jewel inside my skull, learning to be me.
The jewel or ‘dual’ is a second, identical self, non-organic and thus immortal. But the narrator starts to get anxious when it’s time to remove his physical brain and switch to the jewel.
Egan’s website has information about his novels, links to free online editions of his stories and a bibliography.
What it doesn’t have is a photograph of the author. Indeed, I’m told the only photograph on the public record is of Egan as a child when he won an award and was in The West Australian.
Remarkably for a writer who values his privacy so much, Egan spoke out publicly over the treatment of refugees earlier this decade.