"ILLUMINATE THE SHADOWS The year is 2029 and the shining promise of a new age of human augmentation is in ruins in the wake of the devastating Aug Incident - a horrific catastrophe triggered by a cabal of shadowy power brokers where millions of cybernetically-enhanced people suffered a forced psychotic break.
What if we discovered that the fundamentals of mathematics were inconsistent? What if exposure to an alien language forever changed our perception of time? These are among the questions posed by the stories of Ted Chiang eight of which are presented here.
Set in an alternative historical present in a eusistocracy - an extreme welfare state - that holds public health and social stability above all else The Core of the Sun follows a young woman whose growing addiction to illegal chilli peppers leads her on an adventure into a world where love sex and free will are all controlled by the state.
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