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The Golden Transcendence (Golden Age (Tor Hardcover)) Hardcover – 15 Nov 2003
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"A movie based on Wright's modernized space opera could easily appeal to fans of The Matrix.... Such a film would, however, lack the grand polysyllabism that sets the tone of this volume and its predecessors ... language both deeply literary and deeply essential."--"Publishers Weekly" "Set forth with such effortless intelligence and confident verisimilitude that the author might be a denizen of the remote future, reporting back to us in the distant past."--"Kirkus Reviews"
About the Author
John C. Wright, a journalist and a lawyer turned SF and fantasy writer, lives with his wife and son in Centreville, Virginia.
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Check out his "everness" books as well. Reminscient of Tim Powers - very very good.
The ideas are just great and keeps you thinking long after the story ends.
One of the best and most memorable sci-fi book I have read in a while.
Most sci-fi these days I find pedestrian, but this series ranks up there.
When Phaethon in the second book (The Phoenix Exultant) is exiled and turned to a pauper, there would have been a chance for some kind of reflection on the society he lives in, but no, the Poor People really deserve their lot, though they can (in some instances) be improved in a day or two by the imposition of discipline, hard work and sound capitalistic principles. Little Orphan Annie contained the same level of social commentary. The stinging comments by Daphne would seem to hint that there could be some deep irony intended by the author, but it is not born out by the rest of the book, it is as if they were written by someone else.
The time scale is also strangely compressed for such a long-lived and far-planning society, Wright speaks about messages taking hours, days and months to move between outlying nodes of the Solar system, yet events move as if everyone could communicate instantly and all the events of the three books apparently take place within a few weeks at the outmost.
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That said, the author's treatment of female characters seems jarringly ham-handed and one-dimensional. And although I like long passages of introspection and second-guessing, I can imagine that some readers will be tempted to do a bit of skimming.
But all in all I found it a fun read and would readily recommend the whole three book series: The Golden Age, The Phoenix Exultant, and The Golden Transcendence, in that order.
OBTW when you finish this one, check out City Beyond Time and then for something completely different, Awake in the Night Land
Read the first 2/3 of the book, until it SEEMS like the action has ended.
Put the book down.
Walk away, having lost literally no important information regarding the plot or characters.
... I know you're not killing trees when you publish electronically, man, but give me a break here, even my spare time has SOME value, I don't want to spend three hours reading what might as well be a word-jumble designed to statistically throw up high-concept catch-phrases with high frequency.
Three stars solely because you might as well since you've read the first two.