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ISBN13: 9780765329271
ISBN10: 0765329271
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Hundreds of years in the future, after the collapse of the Western world, young Menelaus Illation Montrose grows up in what was once Texas as a gunslinging duelist for hire. But Montrose is also a mathematical genius—and a romantic who dreams of a future in which humanity rises from the ashes to take its place among the stars. 

The chance to help usher in that future comes when Montrose is recruited for a manned interstellar mission to investigate an artifact of alien origin. Known as the Monument, the artifact is inscribed with data so complex, only a posthuman mind can decipher it. So Montrose does the unthinkable: he injects himself with a dangerous biochemical drug designed to boost his already formidable intellect to superhuman intelligence. It drives him mad.

Nearly two centuries later, his sanity restored, Montrose is awakened from cryo-suspension with no memory of his posthuman actions, to find Earth transformed in strange and disturbing ways, and learns that the Monument still carries a secret he must decode—one that will define humanitys true future in the universe.

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"Decades after the world has descended into anarchy, Menelaus Montrose dreams of making it better. He jumps at the chance to escape backward Texas, now an independent country, to participate in a daring expedition to recover antimatter from an alien relic in a nearby stellar system. Montrose's misguided self-experimentation leaves him comatose for years; when he regains consciousness, he learns his surviving crewmates have used the antimatter to conquer and reshape Earth. They have also left the planet obligated to the alien hierarchy responsible for the antimatter's creation. Wright (Orphans of Chaos) is at his best when he abandons his trite characters and cardboard terrestrial setting to contemplate the Stapledonian implications of a government able to function across the vast expanses of space and time, appealing to readers interested in glimpses of the unfathomable immensities of our universe." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Space Opera / Western by the author of The Golden Age trilogy.

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The first book in an all-new space adventure!

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John C. Wright burst upon the SF scene a decade ago with the Golden Age trilogy, an innovative space opera. He went on to write fantasy novels, including the popular Orphans of Chaos trilogy. And now he returns to space opera in Count to a Trillion.

After the collapse of the world economy, a young boy grows up in what used to be Texas as a tough duellist for hire, the future equivalent of a hired gun. But even after the collapse, there is space travel, and he leaves Earth to have adventures in the really wide open spaces. But he is quickly catapulted into the more distant future, while humanity, and Artificial Intelligence, grows and changes and becomes a kind of superman.

Synopsis:

After the collapse of the world economy, a young boy grows up in what used to be Texas as a tough duellist for hire, the future equivalent of a hired gun. But even after the collapse, there is space travel, and he leaves Earth to have adventures in the really wide open spaces. While humanity, and Artificial

Intelligence grow and change, he is catapulted into the more distant future and becomes a kind of superman.

About the Author

JOHN C. WRIGHT lives in Centreville, Virginia.

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Robert Thornton, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Robert Thornton)
Brilliant work with an distinctly American take on the 21st century space opera (which tends to be dominated by Brits on the whole). Wright combines far-future duelling, grand alien artifacts, elder alien races, trips to antimatter stars, hyper-intelligent alter egos, and more into a tasty and exotic science fiction stew. Highly recommended.
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Douglas Cobb, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Douglas Cobb)
Count To A Trillion by John C. Wright is one of the best, if not the best, science fiction novels of 2011. Wright's novel Orphans of Chaos was nominated for a Nebula Award; I believe that Count To A Trillion will also be nominated, and will win. It's the first of a trilogy, and follows the life of the Texan Menelaus Montrose from his early childhood on to his journey through space to an alien artifact enscribed on every inch with messages that, if and when deciphered, could mean the salvation of the Earth and of mankind.

America has fallen into the status of an almost Third-World nation cue to economic collapse, a terrible man-made winter called the Japanese Winter that has lasted for several years, bioterrorism, and the rising of the technologies of other nations across the world.

Menelaus's mother is strict, and deterministic about her views of the roles of males and females. She brings up Menelaus desiring the best education possible for him, and he is a natural mathematical prodigy from an early age. He has in his personal elctronic library, besides the classics of literature, the cartoon series about a more peace-filled, perfect ideal of the future, called Asymptote. Asymptote, as described by the author and Menelaus, has many references to some of the original Star Trek episodes. Menelaus's mother forces him to delete the entire series, which devastates him; but, Menelaus never gives up the hope of a better future for mankind and for himself, and he tries to doo his best to make this future come true.

Count To A Trillion is an exciting, page-turning beginning to John C. Wright's trilogy. Menelaus's attempts to bring about a better futre include injecting his own brain with a substance to further enhance his intelligence, in the hopes that he will be able to decipher enough of the alien messages on the Monument to make the sort of future Asymptote depicts come true. In the desire to bring about a more peaceful future, Menelaus risks it all--even his own life and sanity. It's one of the year's best SF novels--check it out!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765329271
Publisher:
Tor Science Fiction
Subject:
Science / General
Author:
Wright, John C.
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Count to a Trillion
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20120925
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.250 x 6.125 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Decades after the world has descended into anarchy, Menelaus Montrose dreams of making it better. He jumps at the chance to escape backward Texas, now an independent country, to participate in a daring expedition to recover antimatter from an alien relic in a nearby stellar system. Montrose's misguided self-experimentation leaves him comatose for years; when he regains consciousness, he learns his surviving crewmates have used the antimatter to conquer and reshape Earth. They have also left the planet obligated to the alien hierarchy responsible for the antimatter's creation. Wright (Orphans of Chaos) is at his best when he abandons his trite characters and cardboard terrestrial setting to contemplate the Stapledonian implications of a government able to function across the vast expanses of space and time, appealing to readers interested in glimpses of the unfathomable immensities of our universe." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
Space Opera / Western by the author of The Golden Age trilogy.
"Synopsis" by ,

The first book in an all-new space adventure!

"Synopsis" by ,
John C. Wright burst upon the SF scene a decade ago with the Golden Age trilogy, an innovative space opera. He went on to write fantasy novels, including the popular Orphans of Chaos trilogy. And now he returns to space opera in Count to a Trillion.

After the collapse of the world economy, a young boy grows up in what used to be Texas as a tough duellist for hire, the future equivalent of a hired gun. But even after the collapse, there is space travel, and he leaves Earth to have adventures in the really wide open spaces. But he is quickly catapulted into the more distant future, while humanity, and Artificial Intelligence, grows and changes and becomes a kind of superman.

"Synopsis" by ,
After the collapse of the world economy, a young boy grows up in what used to be Texas as a tough duellist for hire, the future equivalent of a hired gun. But even after the collapse, there is space travel, and he leaves Earth to have adventures in the really wide open spaces. While humanity, and Artificial

Intelligence grow and change, he is catapulted into the more distant future and becomes a kind of superman.

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