Axiomatic (2nd Edition) by Greg Egan

By Greg Egan

Axiomatic is a set of Greg Egan's brief tales that seemed in a number of technology fiction magazines (mostly Interzone and Asimov's) among 1989 and 1992. Like so much of Egan's paintings, the tales specialize in technology and concepts, occasionally on the rate of the writing. yet even supposing Egan may well lack a definite stylistic flare, he greater than makes up for it along with his awesome visions of the long run. the various extra fascinating tales comprise "Into Darkness," the story of a rescue employee whose territory is a runaway wormhole, and the name tale "Axiomatic," that's a few guy trying to locate which means within the mindless loss of life of his spouse.

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Apocalyptic religious cults sprang up almost as fast as wacko internet sites. The Miracle was widely taken as a Sign that the Last Days were at hand, as nearly anything out of the ordinary had been, from an earthquake to Jesus’s face on a taco, for the last thousand years. Within days, some people in California had sold their houses and all their worldly possessions and had begun walking barefoot toward Philadelphia. After the Gates-of-Armageddon-are-gaping-wide theory, the second most popular theory, and the one with the most internet sites devoted to it, was that Aliens had done it—although as nobody ever came up with an even remotely convincing reason why aliens would want to do this, that theory tended to run out of gas early, and never was as popular as the Apocalypse Now/Sign from the Lord theory.

The boat’s hull had become cherry red in four widening spots. Slowly, the spots turned white. I could hear the null getting up beside me, near enough to touch. I had risen automatically, shading my eyes against glare. The orbot exploded. The reactor didn’t go, of course; they’re built so that can’t happen. It was just the conventional auxiliary engines, used for steering and for powering internal systems. But that was enough. Imagine a building humping itself into a giant stone fist, and bringing that fist down on you, squash.

And then it froze. The ball just stopped, inches from the plate, and hung there, motionless, in midair. After a second of stunned surprise, Rivera stepped forward and took a mighty hack at the motionless ball. He broke his bat on it, sending splinters flying high. But the ball itself didn’t move. The catcher sat back on his butt with a thump, then, after a second, began to scoot backward, away from the plate. He was either praying or cursing in Spanish, perhaps both. Hurriedly, he crossed himself.

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