The Clockwork Rocket (Orthogonal, #1), The Eternal Flame (Orthogonal, #2), The Arrows of Time (Orthogonal #3), and The Orthogonal Trilogy (Orthogonal #). The Orthogonal Universe gets its name from the trilogy set in it. It’s a universe with a consequences). It’s extensively documented on Greg Egan’s homepage. More details at ยท share| improve this answer. answered Jul 17 ’16 at Greg Egan.

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Which all the characters understand right off the bat, or even worse, understand implicitly.

I have my suspicions but I want to see how this plays out. In the normal course of events, siblings reproduce with each other, although some are born unpaired, which can also be a source of rejection. Why does the world require saving? Ironically by spending a small amount of time describing anything more than the biology of the alien race within this book, he was able to make them real by showing us a lot about their thoughts and feelings.

This novel follows the familiar formula that Egan fans delight in: Hardcoverpages. Like Egan, Yu posits a universe with rules of physics entirely different from our own.

I am neither a physicist nor a mathematician. In many respects, this book the first of a trilogy represents the working out of orthoogonal consequences inherent in that seemingly simple fact – to the point where a large chunk of the book is actually just that: And if none of these things sound sufficiently fearsome, the eagn might scramble our arrow of time completely, leaving us with no past and no future.

The effect on life, on time travel and on society are worked out by Egan in a most entertaining exposition. To save their species they take off in a rocket powered mountain. Other books in the series. I wish I could have met [my mother]. The main exposition, listed here, requires only high school mathematics: Mar 13, Tim Hicks rated it really liked it Recommends it for: If you’re into biology and worldbuilding–you should probably give it a pass.


By the close of the text, the reader is likely accustomed to addition and subtraction of limbs.

Orthogonal Universe

At the start of the story, the occasional streaking light is seen in the night sky; over time, with more appearing, these streaks come to be called Hurtlers. The book deals with lots of other things I don’t want to list, starting with shenanigans related to its title. Because in Sophie’s World you had the context of understanding more Super conflicted about this book. This is the fundamental existential threat which moves the series.

The Clockwork Rocket (Orthogonal, #1) by Greg Egan

Suppose the luxagen field has a leftor of Up; its rightor will be the same, because Up divided by Up is Future. Maybe there is something there for physics nuts in terms of “How does the universe have to be to support multiple speeds of light? Yalda, the m I got a great deal of enjoyment out of reading this book – there were aliens with non-human physiology and cultural practices, and a well-thought-out alternate physics with enough similarity to real physics that I got insight into the real world from the discussions of the “rotational physics” in the book just as an English-speaker can get insight into English grammar by studying a related but different language like Germanbut more than that there were characters I really liked.

Typically females divide into four children, which is far more than required for a stable population base. Kind of like that, but not as accessible.

Through the story, Egan explores the higher-order ramifications that change has on the laws of physics and, by extension, on nearly every other discipline of science. First, it is hard science fiction in two ways: Long form review on my blog see my author page.


But he is so eager to pass to the other stuff that all of a sudden, with no bridging, the girl becomes a mature orthogonql studying physics at what passes over there for a university, a signal for a cascade of scientific graphs to start appearing on the page there is a lot of them in the novel! For example, the reproductive role of females leads some people to believe their fundamental duty is to remain under male protection, and yield their flesh to the coming generation: Quotes from The Clockwork Rocket.

Orthogonal is the story of Yalda and her descendants, trying to survive the perils of their long mission and carve out ortohgonal lives for themselves, while the threat of otrhogonal hangs over the world they left behind.

Orthogonal Series

The book is structured such that each chapter represents a particular event in her life, with jumps of indeterminate time between them – sometimes spanning days, other times entire years. So what is Orthogonal about? The plot involves the inhabitants of a planet that comes under threat from a barrage of high-velocity meteors known as ‘hurtlers’, who launch a generation ship that exploits the distinctive relativistic effects present in this universe which allow far more time to elapse on the ship than passes on the home world, in order for the ship’s inhabitants to have enough time to develop the technology needed to protect the planet.

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