The Planck Dive
by Greg Egan
Gisela wanted to understand the universe at its deepest level, to touch the beauty and simplicity that lay beneath it all.
That was why she was taking the Planck Dive.
The polis of Cartan has been in orbit around the black hole Chandrasekhar for almost three centuries. Now, a group of polis citizens are preparing to encode clones of themselves into a form that will be able to travel inside the hole and explore the nature of spacetime at the Planck scale, 10–35 metres.
- Asimov’s Science Fiction, February 1998.
- Luminous (collection, Orion)
- “Der Planck-Sprung” in Das Jahr der Maus, edited by Wolfgang Jeschke; Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, Munich, 2000. Translated by Isabella Bruckmaier. (German translation)
- “Il Tuffo Di Planck” in Luminous (collection, Mondadori) (Italian translation)
- eBook from Fictionwise, 2001. [Out of print. This story can be found in the eBook for the collection Luminous.]
- Hayakawa’s SF Magazine, April 2006. (Japanese translation)
- “Le Plongée de Planck” in Radieux (collection, le Bélial’) Translated by Francis Lustman and Quarante-Deux. (French translation)
- “La Inmersión de Planck” in Luminoso (collection, Bibliópolis / Alamut) Translated by Carlos Pavón. (Spanish translation)
- “Planckův skok” in Luminous (collection, Talpress) (Czech translation)
- The Planck Dive and Other Stories (collection, Hayakawa) Translated by Makoto Yamagishi. (Japanese translation)
- Luminous (collection, Greg Egan)
- Science Fiction World, May 2017. (Chinese translation)
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The Planck Dive / created Thursday, 11 June 1998 / revised Saturday, 13 June 1998
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