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The Hermetic Millennia (Count to a Trillion) by [Wright, John C.]
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Book 2 of 6 in The Count to the Eschaton Sequence (6 Book Series)

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Praise for "Count to a Trillion"

"R . A. Lafferty meets A. E. Van Vogt in a cakewalk through a future full of antimatter, alien artifacts, transhumans, an Iron Ghost, a Texas gunfighter, and a Space Princess. Well worth the price of admission.

--Michael Flynn, author of "The January Dancer"

"This is much more than a space opera, and fills your mind with intriguing, startling possibilities. John Wright's novel is bursting with ideas, blending mythology, machine and human evolution, mathematics, space travel, and much more. The hero, Montrose, is caught in the crosshairs of deadly, highly unusual foes--and his fate could very well determine the fate of everyone on Earth. Ultimately this is about human survival and potential, the future of mankind across a trillion star systems."

--Brian Herbert, coauthor of the Dune series

"Spectacularly clever...in weaving together cutting-edge speculation along the outer fringes of science. Highly impressive."

"--Kirkus Reviews"

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
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  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (24 Dec. 2012)
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  • Language: English
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 48 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars H.G. Wells + Nietzsche + The Sting = Sci-Fi Trifecta 25 May 2017
By Keogh - Published on Amazon.com
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There is nothing about this book that I can recommend to other readers. It is a chore to get through and is set over a long, monotonous stay in an internment camp. So, be thinking about all of the comforts and joy found in a 'prison camp on a desolate, ice age world'. You will also have the pleasure of getting math, philosophy and intelligent design concepts thrown at you until your IQ crashes and a bit of drool creeps down your chin. Enjoy. If you still insist on reading this series, this is a great book and is smartly told from the unique perspective of The Judge of Ages interviewing people from across the expanse of history about himself. There are some very colorful side stories from JCW's relentless imagination and an epic long con against our hero... and who doesn't like cliff hangers.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still piling the suspense on in the middle volume 21 Jan. 2013
By Deiseach - Published on Amazon.com
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Another excellent instalment in the "Count to a Trillion" series; this time, we get to see how the plans of the surviving crewmembers of the "Hermetic" play out, as they affect the evolution of humanity, and Menelaus' attempts to block or stop them.

Needless to say, his plans don't always go as smoothly as one might wish, and there is the requisite cliffhanger ending to make us all expectant for the next volume of the series.

Grand sweeps of time, vast cosmic plots, changes in the very fabric of the human organism, and a subtle exploration of what exactly it may mean to be human (although the philosophising is not of the 'hit you over the head' nature), coupled with the realisation after you've read it that several - if not all - of the narrators may not have been perfectly truthful in the accounts of themselves they give, and that they may have been giving Menelaus subtle hints that they know exactly who he is, mean that this lives up to the standard aimed for so far.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than "Count to a Million" 16 Dec. 2013
By A. Nakashian - Published on Amazon.com
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Much better than the previous installment, "Count to a Trillion." The narrative and characters were much more compelling. I really enjoyed the journey through the ages, showing us how the legend of Montrose changed with each successive "species" of humankind. "Count to a Trillion" felt like self-flagellation, giving you a hint of what super-intelligence might be like, but failing to deliver anything but long, pointless exposition. This book was the real deal, with great "what if?" scenarios about where directed evolution could take us, AND manages to be entertaining at the same time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Wright succeeds again 28 Oct. 2013
By A. Wood - Published on Amazon.com
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In this, the sequel to Count to a Trillion, John C Wright lays out a sweeping vision of humanity's future over the next 8000 years. When we last saw Menelaus Montrose, he had been wounded in a duel against his rival (and old friend) Ximen del Azarchel- the Master of the World. Ximen and his Hermeticists had revealed their plans to surrender to the fleet of aliens which will arrive in the year 11000 to assess humanity's value as slaves- they plan to use the knowledge of the Monument (around which the previous volume revolved) to shape mankind into a form more amenable to their coming conquerors. Menelaus, however, has vowed to oppose their schemes and the fight against the alien menace instead, while his wife makes a millennia long voyage across the galaxy to meet with humanity's intended overlords to prove mankind does not deserve subjugation.

Over the following thousands of years, the Hermeticists mould humanity into various forms- such as the militant Chimera, the insatiable Nymphs, the brutal Hormagaunts, and the utterly bizarre Melusine. Meanwhile, Menelaus (known to the rest of humanity as the Judge of Ages- a figure both revered and damned by the Hermeticist's creations) slumbers within an elaborate network of Tombs, waking periodically to undermine his enemies work.

Overall, the author has provided an excellent book filled with fascinating characters and an exciting plot that leaves me wanting more. I cannot wait until the next volume is released.

Well done Mr. Wright.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars John C. Wright is the Led Zeppelin of SF 15 Jan. 2014
By Matthew King - Published on Amazon.com
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Sometimes he rocks the Kashmir, or strikes an Immigrant Song, but more often he drops a lupine Black Dog, or elaborates an In My Time of Dying. Wright does for space opera what Bach did for stolid Lutherian melodies.

The foundational premise of this series is that Space Travel is Hard, But Real Men Are Harder. The decrees of the god Einstein will not be defied. NoFTL. The cupidity and curiosity of Earthmen have triggered an invasion by our "local" overlords. But their manor lies a dozen thousand light years away, and so we have time to raise up a defense. The hero of the story devoutly desires to protect Earth and humanity from the impending invasion, but his greater wish is to reunite with his wife, who has embarked upon a hundred thousand year journey to appeal to the lords of the invaders' lords.

In this volume, Wright tells the story of several millennia of human evolution and of the perennial involvement of the hero, Menelaus Montrose. How can an author present a history of this vast scope? Wright's approach is an archaeological one. Rather than narrating the oddments of many centuries, this novel largely relies on one timeframe which explores the literal excavation of revenants of many millennia. The revenants have each their own stories, and their own viewpoints.

I did not give a five star rating because this novel is not complete. It has a "Locutus of Borg" level of cliffhanger. Tor seems to have some sort of really completely inexplicable problem with novels exceeding a certain page count. Wright's own Golden Age series and Michael Flynn's Gaelactica novels have previously suffered from Tor's timidity/cupidity.
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