The Golden Transcendence (Golden Age, Book 3)

By John C. Wright

Began with The Golden Age, persisted with The Phoenix Exultant, and now concluding within the Golden Transcendence, The Golden Age trilogy is Grand area Opera, an SF event saga within the culture of A. E. Van Gogt, Roger Zelazny and Cordwainer Smith. it truly is an excellent tale of super-science, an exhilarating ask yourself tale that recaptures the elan of SF's golden age writers within the suspenseful and passionate story of Phaeton, a lone insurgent unsatisfied in utopia.

The finish of the Millennium is impending, whilst all minds, human, posthuman, cybernetic, sophotechnic, can be briefly merged into one solar-system-spanning supermind known as the Transcendence. this isn't in simple terms the success of one thousand years of desires, it's a day of doom, while the common brain will move judgment at the all of the races of humanity and transhumanity.

The amazing send Phoenix Exultant is finally within the palms of her grasp, Phaethon the Exile is at her helm and his dream of starflight in alive once again. he's being hunted via alien brokers, the eerie and lethal Lords of the Silent Oecumene, who may scouse borrow the Phoenix Exultant and switch it right into a weapon.

The all-encompassing brain of the Golden Transcendence is waking. Will it suggest Phaeton's dream or face the 1st interstellar conflict?

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Every body had as many palaces as whim dictated, each one used to be a king, an emperor, in his personal realm, or perhaps a god. the second one Oecumene was once a spot of sunshine, never-ending gentle, and livid strength. Inefficient, sure, yet what desire had we for potency? “Mortal gods, although. demise, no longer even all our wealth may perhaps remedy. “We had many lesser machines to serve us. yet no Sophotechs, no self-aware, self-reprogramming superminds. the second one Oecumene famous the non secular threat Sophotechnology posed: servants smarter than their masters, creatures of chilly and inhuman rationality, unsympathetic, whose inflexible minds have been committed simply to the tyranny of good judgment. We knew they'd make us valueless, redundant, idiots against this, dwarfed through their concepts. “We, so alien to one another, so proud and so distant, still universally agreed to this one edict. notwithstanding unenforced, nobody broke this legislation. The a while handed and nonetheless this legislations used to be entire. not anyone created a brain improved to a human brain. “The a while handed, and we have been content material, dwelling lives of ease and dignity. The lengthy fight of heritage used to be over; the necessity for switch was once previous; eventually, the human race stumbled on peace, utopia, contentment, and relaxation. “But then noumenal know-how was once invented by means of your Golden Oecumene and ushered in what you name the 7th psychological constitution. this knowledge used to be broadcast to us by way of ultra-long-range radio-laser. “Once noumenal know-how used to be published, demise was once banished, and the seize of the Golden Oecumene Sophotechs was once sprung. “Noumenal arithmetic depicts the human soul, together with the chaotic substructure which provides it individuality. No minds are alike; no procedure for recording or reordering minds may be lowered to a mechanistic set of rules. a component of realizing is needed. a result of obstacles of Goedelian common sense, no human brain can absolutely comprehend one other human brain. just a more suitable brain is in a position to this. therefore springs the capture: the noumenal recording strategy, and the key of immortality, calls for a Sophotech-level brain to control it. “No one is aware who first violated our edict. It used to be performed in mystery. convinced homes and princes of the second one Oecumene without notice have been well known for his or her noble thoughts, a laugh exploits, for the subtlety and genius in their artwork and their monitors the place not anything yet crass monotony have been obvious prior to. Scandal and hatred erupted while it was once discovered those homes and those people have been in simple terms reciting the strains their mystery Sophotechs have been giving them to claim. “But the hatred couldn't hold the shoppers of these princes away. They have been too awesome, too new, and so they may do what not anyone else may well do. “Some prompt determined measures: violence and bloodshed! yet what element might there were to finish the rebel’s lives with an assassin’s dagger or a duelist’s beam? that they had noumenal recordings. They have been immortal. each corpse might have a dual, copied together with his stories and soul, who could go back the place he had fallen. they can now not be stopped. “We had not anything like your Hortators. We have been resistant to exile and scorn; certainly, for lots of, possibly for many, isolation was once no punishment, it was once the norm.

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