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Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

allrong Re:Greg Egan (1130 comments)

Considering how shallow a lot of modern Australian policy and culture is and how thought provoking many of his books are, this is not a surprise. From what he wrote the only country he's visited other than Australia is Iran, which he chose based upon his interactions with "illegal" refugees from that country, a cause that he is passionate about. Also, I believe that he has consciously decided to be a bit of a recluse. Check out . I laughed when I read this as at the same time I was mentally scolding my sister for putting too much information about herself on Facebook.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

allrong Re:Greg Egan (1130 comments)

Even for someone trained in maths and physics his books can be a struggle to read. But they are full of concepts that really make you think. I recommend Permutation City as one of his easier, but still very interesting reads. Short stories are good too.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

allrong Re:Robert J. Sawyer (1130 comments)

You have to be able to cope with his Canadian inferiority complex though One look at his website and you won't think he's underappreciated. I wish people would stop giving me his books.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

allrong Terry Dowling (1130 comments)

Terry Dowling's science fiction could be said to verge on the mystical (and I'm a hard sf person myself), but full of amazing ideas and imagery is so intense that you can see his distant future lands. You *know* they exist, that great sandships ply the deserts of an Australia transformed by a resurgent Aboriginal culture, where Nationals are restricted to the coasts, and where artificial and non-human intelligence struggles to survive. I cannot recommend his books highly enough, though as he uses small publishers they can be hard to find. He also writes horror, and again though I'm not generally a fan of the genre, his writing transcends this.

about 2 years ago

CSIRO Demonstrates Fastest Wireless Link Yet

allrong Re:Old news! (94 comments)

It was quite impressive, though the heat generated by the demo PC's caused a few problems in a neighbouring server room. I also submitted the story yesterday (once the press release was made public) and it was rejected.

more than 7 years ago



allrong allrong writes  |  more than 7 years ago

allrong writes "The CSIRO's ICT Centre have successfully demonstrated a wireless connection of over six gigabits per second with the highest efficiency (2.4bits/s/Hz) ever achieved for such a system. The demonstration involved displaying 16 simultaneous streams of DVD quality video over 250 metres. The streams were displayed on a large video wall and it looked very impressive!"


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