DISTRESS. Greg Egan.

DISTRESS.

[New York]: HarperPrism, [1997]. Octavo, boards. First U. S. edition. "About 60 years from now, SeeNet journalist and narrator Andrew Worth (he has a camera and computer software hardwired into his body) muscles in on a colleague's assignment to cover a physics convention on the artificial coral island, Stateless, at which Nobel laureate Violet Mosala is expected to announce a watertight Theory of Everything (TOE). The event, however, is complicated by the presence of several noisy anti-science cult groups--among them the mysterious and secretive Anthrocosmologists who believe that whoever first formulates the TOE will become the Keystone in which the completed TOE, mingling information theory with particle physics, will actually change the structure of the universe. Andrew's Anthrocosmology contact, Akili Kuwale, a ``gender migrant'' (s/he has no breasts or sexual organs), warns that a particularly violent, extreme faction intends to assassinate Violet to prevent the Aleph Moment when the completed TOE's effects kick in." - from Kirkus review, 15 April, 1977. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-365. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1986-2009. Light darkening to text paper, a fine copy in a fine dust jacket. (22240). Item #22240

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