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The Golden Age by [Wright, John C.]
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Book 1 of 3 in The Golden Age (3 Book Series)
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"T"he Golden Age" offers an intriguing and stunning look at future society - and its problems."--L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
"Think Coleridge and Xanadu -- except this is no fragment, but a beautifully realized, sprawling space epic of an evolved humanized solar system teeming with artificial intelligences and life-forms. Wright wields a poetic vision that is at once intimate and intricate yet vast and dazzling. I'm pretty sure the last novel I read like this was by Olaf Stapledon." - -Paul Levinson, author of "The Consciousness Plague"
""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, Nebula Award winner and author of "Hominids "


Think Coleridge and Xanadu -- except this is no fragment, but a beautifully realized, sprawling space epic of an evolved humanized solar system teeming with artificial intelligences and life-forms. Wright wields a poetic vision that is at once intimate and intricate yet vast and dazzling. I'm pretty sure the last novel I read like this was by Olaf Stapledon.--Paul Levinson, author of The Consciousness Plague

The Golden Age offers an intriguing and stunning look at future society - and its problems.--L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

Transcendence, big ideas, slam-bang action -- it's all here, in the first significant debut of the new millennium.--Robert J. Sawyer, Nebula Award winner and author of Hominids

T"he Golden Age" offers an intriguing and stunning look at future society - and its problems. "L. E. Modesitt, Jr."

Think Coleridge and Xanadu -- except this is no fragment, but a beautifully realized, sprawling space epic of an evolved humanized solar system teeming with artificial intelligences and life-forms. Wright wields a poetic vision that is at once intimate and intricate yet vast and dazzling. I'm pretty sure the last novel I read like this was by Olaf Stapledon. Paul Levinson, author of The Consciousness Plague

The Golden Age offers an intriguing and stunning look at future society - and its problems. L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

Transcendence, big ideas, slam-bang action -- it's all here, in the first significant debut of the new millennium. Robert J. Sawyer, Nebula Award winner and author of Hominids"

About the Author

JOHN C. WRIGHT is an attorney turned SF and fantasy writer. He has published short fiction in "Asimov's SF "and elsewhere, and wrote the Chronicles of Chaos, The Golden Age, and The War of Dreaming series. His novel "Orphans of Chaos "was a finalist for the Nebula Award in 2005. "The Hermetic Millennia" is his second novel in the Count to a Trillion series.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 940 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312848706
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (18 Jan. 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FA5QJK
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #279,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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(There should be no spoilers here. Most of the information revealed is presented in the first few pages of the book)
It is the time of the masquerade hosted this time by the electrophotonic self-aware entity Aurelian. A sophotech of the Golden Oecumene. All posthumans and nonhumans of the Golden Oecumene have come to participate. Actual, fictional, composition-assisted reconstructions, extrapolated demigoddesses from imagined superhuman futures, lamia from unrealized alternatives and on the active channels of the mentality, recidivists returned from high transhuman states of mind.
The Golden Age is full of ideas, mythological references and wondrous sights and scenes. In fact so much it can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. Especially the first part of the book can seem daunting but the pages turn faster and faster until it becomes impossible to stop. The story is about Phaethon Prime Rhadamanth Humodified (augment) Uncomposed, Indepconciousness, Base Neuroformed, Silver-Gray Manorial Schola, Era 7043 (the “Reawakening”) and a great mystery about his past that he cannot remember.
An absorbing tale is told of Phaethon’s one man struggle against society, posing interesting philosophical and moral questions. Although over dramatized at times it is an intelligent and beautiful look at a possible future of technological utopia. Foremost though it is a story about Phaethon.
I can’t wait to read the second part and then to read it all a second time.
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There are three volumes, of which this is the first, but this is one long novel. I found it to be money and time well spent.

This is a far future tale set in what is almost a post-scarcity economy: humans have immortality thanks to mind recording; vast energy and computational resources; can tailor their sensory experiences however they wish; and can choose between living in their own invented universes, the real world, or anything in between. But the laws of economics still apply: the author realises that there is still scarcity of human effort and attention. Phaethon, the protagonist, is attempting to achieve “deeds of renown, without peer”, and it is a struggle.

There is artificial intelligence, the most advanced of which are self-aware computers called Sophotechs who have intelligence vastly superior to humans, and it is possible to argue that the existence of these would make humans redundant. But the novel constructs some clever economics that avoid this problem and give meaning to people's lives. It also constructs some unique and fascinating solutions to the problem of policing such a free society, and these solutions drive the plot along in a self-consistent way.

Instead of uniformity or warring factions, Mr. Wright has constructed a society where multiple alternate lifestyles exist in harmony, giving us a colourful and interesting world. Modification of one’s own memories is common practice, and this device is used to add intrigue. How does one tell what is real when one’s perceptions and memories may be altered? The answer is that since reality is objective, it is a matter of looking at the evidence and using reason. This is a work of rationalist fiction. There are no red-herrings.
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The Golden Age is one of my favourite books of all time, along with its two sequels.

It's set in the distant future, after not one singularity, but several. Wright works very hard to try to imagine and describe what such a world would be like, which is a tall order as it would be incomprehensible to pre-singularity humans like ourselves. The most important difference though, is that human consciousness is now completely understood by science and can easily be copied, moved, transplanted, expanded or transmitted. People are no longer prisoners in their bodies.

The consequences and possibiities of this are gradually revealed throughout the Golden Age and its sequels as the main character, Phaethon (a shorthand form of his full name Phaethon Prime Rhadamanth Humodified (augment) Uncomposed, Indepconsciousness, Base Neuroformed, Silver-Gray Manorial Schola, Era 7043) quests to find out why part of his mind and his memory have gone missing.

A cracking story. A wonderful exploration of what-if ideas in the grand tradition of classic science fiction. And a rather odd main character who I became very fond of.
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This series is one of my favourite sci-fi series.

It is wide ranging and interesting. After so many boring and run of the mill sci fi that is out there, a return to grand ideas and grand themes is welcome.

I initially gave away the 3 books of this series after reading it as I never re-read books, but I bought them again because I know I will be re-reading them soon.
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I bought this and the other two books in the trilogy when they were first published. I loved them then and having re-read them recently I still feel the same way. The series hasn't dated at all and I think it will be a very long time before it does. Unlike much of what passes for science-fiction these days, it's not simply a romance novel in space or a vehicle for bien pensant views hijacking a once great genre; rather, it's a book that through big ideas, and few novels that I've ever read have been more crammed with big ideas, explores timeless themes such as individualism versus collectivism and the ultimate meaning of personal identity. These themes could be dull as dishwater in the wrong hands, but not with these books as they're far too action-packed and the characters and situations too bizarre and interesting for that ever to be the case. The author can be verbose, but he's a really skilled wordsmith and his use of language always serves to clarify rather than obfuscate.

Highly recommended. In my top handful of science-fiction series of all time.
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