Greg Egan
Greg Egan is an Australia
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n science fiction author.

Egan published his first work in 1983. He specialises in hard science fiction
Hard science fiction
Hard science fiction is a category of science fiction characterized by an emphasis on scientific or technical detail, or on scientific accuracy, or on both. The term was first used in print in 1957 by P. Schuyler Miller in a review of John W. Campbell, Jr.'s Islands of Space in Astounding Science...

 stories with mathematical
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 and quantum ontology themes, including the nature of consciousness
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. Other themes include genetics
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, simulated reality
Simulated reality
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, posthuman
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ism, mind uploading, sexuality
Human sexuality
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, artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence
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, and the superiority of rational
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Metaphysical naturalism
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 over religion
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. He is a Hugo Award
Hugo Award
The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was officially named the Science Fiction Achievement Awards...

 winner (with eight other works shortlisted for the Hugos), and has also won the John W Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel
Campbell award (best novel)
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I want to end my life like a human being: in Intensive Care, high on morphine, surrounded by cripplingly expensive doctors and brutal, relentless life-support machines. Then the corpse can go into orbit -- preferably around the sun. I don't care how much it costs, just so long as don't end up part of any fucking natural cycle: carbon, phosphorus, nitrogen. Gaia, I divorce thee. Go suck the nutrients out of someone else, you grasping bitch.

The Walk

Gambling is a kind of tax: a tax on stupidity. A tax on greed. Some money changes hands at random, but the net cash flow always goes one way - to the Government, to the casino operators, to the bookies, to the crime syndicates. If you ever do win, you won't have won against them. They'll still be getting their share. You'll have won against all the penniless losers, that's all.