An in-depth study of Greg Egan’s fiction that forgoes any forays into the biographical and only works with the fiction output provided by Egan himself, sorted into four chapters (ethics, identity, science and society). As a big fan of Egan who has read nearly everything he’s written, there’s nothing new to be found, not even in the new interview between Burnham and Egan at the end, which merely underscores points he made in other interviews or his fiction.
It’s a good overview of Egan’s themes, his strengths and weaknesses as a writer and his career path, but at least to me it lacks a more methodical and less haphazardous comparison to similar writers. Watts and a few others are mentioned, but apart from a welcome if a bit meandering discourse of Ted Chiang’s work compared to Egan (and a close analysis of one of Chiang’s stories), there’s not much there to position Egan to his contemporaries beyond the superficial (he’s at the core of what hard SF is, he writes transhuman fiction but doesn’t adhere to the Singularitarians, etc.).
It’s all the fact, sorted in an easily digestible package. Probably far more interesting to those who read only a fraction of his fiction and want a primer for the rest. Don’t expect any new or deeper insight beyond the obvious ones you get from reading his fiction.