- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Tor; Reprint edition (9 Oct. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765367459
- ISBN-13: 978-0765367457
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3 x 17.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,265,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Count to a Trillion Mass Market Paperback – 9 Oct 2012
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Praise for John C. Wright
"Wright is a born novelist. And "Null-A Continuum "is a novelist's novel, bristling with ideas and characters.... Wright's book is an erudite homage to the pulp tradition by a twenty-first century master." "--The Magazine of Fantasy & Sciencen Fiction
""Wright's fully realized future pulsates with life, intrigue, and unsettling correlations between his future and our present. The story is epic, operatic, heroic, romantic, and mythic all rolled into one."
"--Rain Taxi "on "The Phoenix Exult ant
""[There are] scientists and artists who dare to dream of post-human futures...Cory Doctorow, Bruce Sterling, Greg Egan, Rudy Rucker--these are just the first names that come most quickly to mind. Add to this list of brave visionaries that of John Wright."
" --SciFi Weekly "on "The Phoenix Exultant"
About the Author
JOHN C. WRIGHT lives in Centreville, Virginia.
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Top Customer Reviews
The hero of the tale is Menelaus Illation Montrose, a gun-slinging attorney in the backwater which is future Texas, after the global biowar. Montrose is a math genius who takes an experimental IQ-enhancing nanoware potion as he joins the first manned expedition, an act which scrambles his mind for the duration of the mission. Most of the tale is set after the starship returns with its antimatter cargo: devastating consequences follow.
This is a strange book to read, bringing to mind all those criticisms that SF is all head and no heart. Wright is widely read and intelligent and deploys legions of physics buzz words (Lie Groups, Grassman algebra, Hilbert spaces) to convey super-intelligence. The plot is complex and time-shifts around.
The problem, as usual, is with characterisation. The personalities of the main characters and their motivations don't really invite empathy or identification - sometimes even comprehension. All the characters are constructs, well-made and complex to be sure, but not real enough to engage and involve. In the end this is a clever intellectual exercise but still cold and people-by-numbers.
Sadly this book is much too wordy and filled with whole segments that just don't need to be there. And it's just the first in a multi-novel series.
I really want to know how it all turns out in the end, but the emotional effort of slogging through several sequels is not an appealing prospect. Perhaps I'll wait for some helpful soul to write a summary on wikipedia.
(And I write this as a John C Wright fan)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an old-fashioned SF novel of ideas, where the ideas and the world-building are the focus of the story, not the plot or even the characters. Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2013 by mcdowella
Count to a Trillion is an easy book to review as it is a clear 'no-hoper'. It's hero is the leadenly named Menelaus Montrose who is a genius. Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2013 by A. J. Poulter
This book holds the record in my house for the fastest trip from buying to charity shop. It starts well, with the maths genius Texas wide boy, but collapses rapidly as the author... Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2013 by Bernie