On his eighteenth day in the tiger cage, Robert Stoney began to lose hope of emerging unscathed.
Oracle, published in Asimov's (July 2000)
The swell was gently lifting and lowering the boat. My breathing grew slower, falling into step with the creaking of the hull, until I could no longer tell the difference between the faint rhythmic motion of the cabin and the sensation of filling and emptying my lungs. It was like floating in darkness: every inhalation buoyed me up, slightly; every exhalation made me sink back down again.Greg Egan
The Universe may be stranger than we can imagine, but it's going to have a tough time outdoing Egan.Greg Egan
Still, for the first time in our lives, we would have been through exactly the same experience, from exactly the same point of view -- even if the experience was only spending eight hours locked in separate rooms, and the point of view was that of a genderless robot with an identity crisis.Greg Egan
He's long ago given up hope of finding a country anywhere in the world where it was safe to tell total strangers that he had no interest in sports whatsoever.Greg Egan