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  • The initial excitement and organization is giving way to entropy.
  • Entropy increases as matter and energy in the universe degrade to an ultimate state of inert uniformity.
  • But I’ve never required it even when I was running the store full-time, as I’ve always been active and vigilant and perched right atop the ever-threatening domestic entropy and chaos.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Entropy, who can say what that is?
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • All things tend toward entropy.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • 14 MEETING the MAN The final fitful month of the school year is an entropic period, when the usual glow from dorm lounges, late-night pizza parlors, and fraternity keg rooms steadily ionizes into freefloating panic and rushed preparations for final testing and departure.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • An atmosphere of terminal entropy pervaded the camp, heightened by the fact that our team which for the preceding six weeks had been encouraged to rely * In 1996, Rob Hall’s team spent just eight nights at Camp Two (21,300 feet) or higher before setting out for the summit from Base Camp, which is a pretty typical acclimatization period nowadays.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The anti-entropic fields around them were expanding rapidly and the Shrike has begun ranging as far south as the Bridle Range.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • You face reverse entropy of the soul.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • And the idea of entropy, are you familiar with it?
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War

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  • He began then, bewilderingly, to talk about something called entropy.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • She was entropy itself.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • This playful pocket of negative entropy had invented a "joke" and thrown Authority into panic—and I had made an easy dollar.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • They’ve already signed a contract with Entropy, Incorporated.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • It is said that each day recapitulates the history of the world, coming up out of darkness and cold into confused light and beginning warmth, consciousness blinking its eyes somewhere in midmorning, awakening thoughts a jumble of illogic and unattached emotion, and all speeding together toward the order of noontide, the slow, poignant decline of dusk, the mystical vision of twilight, the end of entropy that is night once more.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • "Entropy," she chirps.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • "Entropy," he said finally.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Gold resists the entropic laws of decay; that’s one of the reasons the ancients considered it magical.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • You’re an entropic chaos factor."
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • The Buddha knew one thing science didn’t prove for millennia after his death: Entropy increases.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • "Entropy!" the Judge squealed.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Damn you, Entropy!
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • Or by being smashed, or subjected to solvents, or positive entropy through other means—I find the concept disturbing.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • His first model produced a time-stasis or low-entropy field no bigger than a football-but a lighted cigarette placed inside with full power setting was still burning a week later.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • And that had been in normal times, when the Shrike had been prisoner to the tides of time and forces no one understood, and the anti-entropic fields had been contained to a few dozen meters around the Time Tombs.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Entropy was fundamental.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • She did gather that there were two distinct kinds of this entropy.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • You have to understand that your daughter is currently inhabiting… ah… think of it as a localized region of reversed entropy.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • "Entropy is the tendency of everything to move toward confusion and disorder as time passes," he explained.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • As the Demon sat and sorted his molecules into hot and cold, the system was said to lose entropy.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • "There are anti entropic forcefields around the Time Tombs," he said.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Entropy is the degree of randomness or disorder in a system, Doctor.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • The anti-entropic fields keep them from aging.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The entropy of a closed system never decreases.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • "They are the source of a strange, anti-entropic force-field which lingers still," said King Billy.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • In the early days, people flying in underestimated the effects of the anti-entropic fields and there were some accidents.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Dating of the construction materials had been useless because of the effect of the anti-entropic field.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • But there was a surge in a phenomenon there known as anti-entropic fields…
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The problem is that her body appears to have absorbed… that is, the anti-entropic field appears to have contaminated her.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The nature and source of the anti-entropic fields had not been found.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The entropy of a closed system never decreases.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Entropy
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Of all the Tombs, it seemed the least protected by the anti-entropic fields and the physicists had carefully mapped the times when the tide surges might pose a threat.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The physicists were finished with the anti-entropic fields and spent much of their time setting small flags of different colors to mark the limits of the so-called time tides.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Kassad followed her through the fringes of the time tides, avoiding the ebb and flow of the anti-entropic field the way children would play tag with an ocean surf on a broad beach.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • For John Nefastis (to take a recent example), two kinds of entropy, thermodynamic and informational, happened, say by coincidence, to look alike, when you wrote them down as equations.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Reconnaissance squads from the SDF battalion moved northward carefully, cautious of the anti-entropic tides around the Time Tombs and wary of any booby traps left behind by the Ousters.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Indifference was the engine of entropy.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • For once, entropy was on my side.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • "I thought something about the anti-entropic fields kept ships away from here," said Father Hoyt.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
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