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Author: Greg Egan
ISBN13: 978-0575083332
Title: Teranesia
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Language: English
Category: Science Fiction
Publisher: Gollancz; paperback / softback edition (February 7, 2008)
Pages: 304

Teranesia by Greg Egan



Welcome to Teranesia, the island of butterflies, where evolution has stopped making sense. Prabir Suresh lives in paradise, a nine-year-old boy with an island all his own: to name, to explore, and to populate with imaginary creatures stranger than any exotic tropical wildlife. The evolutionary puzzle of the island’s butterflies that brought his family to the remote South Moluccas barely touches Prabir; his own life revolves around the beaches, the jungle, and the schooling and friendships made possible.

I don’t understand why Greg Egan generally, and this book specifically, are not getting more respect. Teranesia is unapologetic hard science fiction. At the end of the day, his books make you think (quite literally, to understand the science driving them). Teranesia is the made up name of a remote Indonesian island that forms the backdrop of this novel. It is the island where Prabir grows up with his biologist parents and where he and his sister return years later to investigate strange new creatures that have been discovered. In this book Egan shows that he can talk biology as convincingly as he can discuss maths and physics. I’m afraid I have to say that I enjoyed this novel the least of all of Egan’s boo Originaly posted at SF Crowsnest Nov 2008.

Also by greg egan from gollancz. Critical acclaim for greg egan. Also by greg egan from gollancz. To say that she’d married a book-keeper three years younger than herself who’d fought his way up to live in the slums wouldn’t have had quite the same value as a throw-away line at parties. His father was milder, merely saying that ‘Given their background, what could you expect?’ Radha was studying genetics at the University of Calcutta.

Publisher: Gollancz, London, 1999. Nine-year-old Prabir Suresh lives alone with his baby sister, Madhusree, and his biologist parents on a tropical Indonesian isle. Teranesia is so small and remote, it’s not on the maps, and its strange native species of butterfly remained undiscovered until the 21st century. Prabir never wants to leave, but war forces him to flee with Madhusree. He believes he has saved his sister-until she returns to Indonesia, a grad student seeking to carry on their parents’.

In true Greg Egan fashion, what is actually at stake is the future, and past, of the entire universe. The first few chapters, on the Frankenscience documentary, give Egan a chance to show off what are basically a bunch of fun short stories (although some do have a small later significance). I did have one problem with the book. Well, other than the fundamental premise of the tale, of course, but then it is science fiction. It is clear that there is something very wrong with Worth, maybe some kind of mental problem, from his dependence on his pharm and its melatonin patches, to his need for rules to interact with his girlfriend, to his reluctance to have a brain scan. But I never did manage to figure out what.

About book: This book was sent to me by a mystery philanthropist in South Africa. Actually, I have a pretty good idea who sent i. It took almost three months to get here. I'd be interested in what you think. I have another Greg Egan, Distress, which has been entertaining dust-bunnies on my shelf for several years. I'll read that shortly as the guy seems to have a lot of fans.

20 years later strange plants and animals are being discovered in the same area his parents were studying. Far in the distant, post-human future, the Cater-Zimmermann community set out to refute the theory that the universe is created exclusively for mankind by cloning themselves a thousand times over and sending each copy to a different star within the galaxy. One of the copies of Cater-Zimmermann, Paolo Venetti, arrives at Orpheus; a water-world inhabited by floating mats that perform as a Turing machine.

Written by Greg Egan Read by Vince Canless Format: MP3 Bitrate: 64 Kbps Unabridged. Prabir Suresh and his younger sister, Madhursee, live in a remote paradise called Teranesia, where their biologist parents are studying an unexplained genetic mutation among the island’s butterflies. Then civil war erupts across Indonesia, shattering their idyllic world and their lives. Twenty years later, Prabir is still plagued by feelings of guilt and an overwhelming responsiblity for his sister, now a biologist herself.

And since no one had been deprived of the original, it wasn’t really an act of theft. More a matter of cloning r more than schoolwork, his father had made him promise never to reveal his true age to even the most innocuous stranger. There are people whose first thought upon meeting a child is to wish for things that should only happen between adults,’ he’d explained ominously

Reviews: 7
Ranenast
I can't really imagine myself giving Egan fewer than 5 stars for anything because at this point I just love his voice. This is my sixth book of his I've read since Halloween, when I was gifted Permutation City.
Terenesia, I would say, is perhaps his most sweet and lovely -- the scene of Prabir and Madhusree at the beach and their beautiful understanding... The almost circular storytelling and, as always, drama that does not made me feel taken advantage of. (Perhaps this is why people feel it's boring or ineffectual; to them I say, "I think it's you.")
He is the king of subtlety in his plots, interpersonal communication, motifs... and his philosophies so align with mine I feel his works are a blessing to all of us (though do we believe in blessings anyway?)
Egan if you're out there, I wonder how you feel about the work of the late Denis Johnson. Other than a couple of my friends you and he stand side by side as my favorite writers.
Thank you.
Cobyno
I had to give up on this book, about 40% through. An interesting story, with interesting people, but no sci-fi yet. I'm sure sure it's there, somewhere in the last half of the book. I just lost interest.

UPDATE:

A few weeks later, I picked-up where I left-off, and I am glad I did. Some fascinating concepts with genetics and quantum entanglement. Literally gave me goose bumps, and a cold, shivering chill, as the "science" of Teranesia unfolded. I would love to see a 2nd novel pick-up where this story ended.

Kindle is quite helpful, when reading Greg Egan's books. I find myself selecting words, phrases, concepts, and places, then using the built-in dictionary, and also Wikipedia, and the Web, to research and learn. It's a great challenge, having to "think", to understand the tech in his books.
Qudanilyr
Egan delivers another classic narrative. The characters are well developed and their stories are emotionally powerful. The book's main plot is original and thought provoking with equally thought provoking secondary diversions provided along the way.
Ffleg
I love Greg Egan, and this was no exception. It was a pretty short read, but kept me interested, and had a neat take on the possibilities of evolution.
Nikobar
Make no mistake, this is a character driven novel. Some of Egan's fans have apparently been put off by this. Don't be. This is a hard SF book, through and through, and it goes a long way towards dispelling the myth that hard science in SF means shallow plotting and characterizations. The central biological mystery, in particular, has a very satisfying and imaginative resolution.
Egan says that he'll be returning to dense physics in his next book, but that he's going to continue striving to make plot and character central elements of his works. I find this a refreshing attitude and wish him luck in doing so.
Prorahun
Everything Egan writes is gold. I've worked through all of his work recently and have yet to be disappointed.
Olwado
Freaking Teranesia! Methalate my regulatory network, but is this a good book!

Teranesia hit me squarely in the center of everything I like: speculative biology, psychological drama, and political machinations. It's about trauma and recovery, about life going on, and the meaning that we, as humans, give it.

I can't say much about the book without spoiling it, but if I were to pitch it, I would say "Traumatized young man follows his biologist sister to the one place he swore he would never go: an island of very elegant monsters."

I read Teranesia back when I was in high school, and all I remembered from it was the speculative biology (which is still top-notch, no spoilers, but for other examples, check out The Devil's Alphabet by Daryl Gregory). All the politics, psychology, and philosophy flew over my head. Or maybe they swooped into my skull and laid eggs in my brain because reading the book again as an adult I kept thinking "yes! Exactly! This is the kind of story I want to write! This is the sort of author I want to be!"

Either that or, you know, Greg Egan is just always right about everything. A scarier thought than man-eating myrmecophytes, certainly.