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Titre : THE GOLDEN TRANSCENDENCE OR, THE LAST OF THE...
Éditeur : Tor ., New York
Date d'édition : 2003
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included
Edition : 1st Edition
Octavo, boards. First edition. The third book of "The Golden Age" trilogy. See Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1287. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1986-2009. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#154139). N° de réf. du libraire 154139
Synopsis : Beginning with The Golden Age, continuing with The Phoenix Exultant and now concluding in The Golden Transcendence, The Golden Age is Grand Space Opera, an SF adventure saga in the tradition of A. E. van Vogt and Roger Zelazny, with perhaps a bit of Cordwainer Smith enriching the style. It is an astounding story of super-science, a thrilling wonder story that recaptures the excitements of SF's golden age writers in the suspenseful and passionate tale of a lone rebel unhappy in utopia.
The end of the Millennium is imminent, when all minds, human, posthuman, cybernetic, sophotechnic, will be temporarily merged into one solar-system-spanning supermind called the Transcendence. This is not only the fulfillment of a thousand years of dreams, it is a day of doom, when the universal mind will pass judgment on all the races of humanity and transhumanity.
The mighty ship Phoenix Exultant is at last in the hands of her master; Phaethon the Exile is at her helm. But the terrible truth has been revealed: he is being hunted by the agents from a long-lost dead star, the eerie and deadly Lords of the Silent Oecumene, whose super-technology plumbs depths even the all-knowing Earthmind cannot fathom.
Humanity will be helpless during the Golden Transcendence. Phaethon's enemies plan to use the opportunity to destroy the population of the Inner System, man and machine alike. To do this, they must take control of Phaethon's beloved starship and turn her unparalleled power to warlike uses. Phaethon's memories are incomplete - but he knows a spy for the Silent Ones is already aboard. And when the all-encompassing Mind of the Golden Transcendence wakes - who will it condemn? Which future will it chose? Are Phaethon's dreams of star-flight about to revolutionize the Golden Age into an age even more glorious than gold, or will they kindle the first open war fought across the immensity of interstellar space?
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" The Golden Age is aptly titled--it evokes the best of the golden age of science fiction. Transcendence, big ideas, slam-bang action--it's all here, in the first significant debut of the new millennium."
-Robert J. Sawyer
"Bursting with kaleidoscopic imagery, Wright's first novel chronicles the quest of a far-future everyman in his journey of self-discovery. Reminiscent of the panoramic novels of Arthur C. Clarke, Iain Banks, and Jack Vance."
Praise for The Phoenix Exultant
"A delightful whatchamacallit: Whiz-Bang Space Opera, Laser Samurai Adventure, Socratic Spaghetti Western, Virtual Spa Masquerade, Paranoid Identity Soap oh hell, just read it. It's fun."
"John Wright is a stunning new talent. His vivid worlds are filled with wonder and dread, tension and hope. If the future looks like this, our descendants are in for a wild time."
Praise for The Golden Age:
"[A] dazzling first novel. It's already clear that Wright may be this fledgling century's most important new SF talent. This is a rare and mind-blowing treat."
-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Wright wrings new surprises from a familiar SF scenario. . . . [An] extraordinary feat of invention and plotting . . ."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"A satirical novel of ideas with interludes of action reminiscent of pulp fiction . . . an intelligent, good-natured caper."
- The New York Times
"It is a major novel, magnificently written, dazzlingly imaginative . . . the launching pad for an illustrious creative career. . . . The Golden Age is replete with riches and wonders, technical and conceptual. John Wright is clearly a very significant talent."
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