Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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.
"An exciting voice, adding richness to hard science fiction."
—David Brin on John C. Wright
"[The Golden Transcendence is] 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.”
“Its a pity the word 'awesome' has been misused to the point of meaninglessness: it would once have been an ideal description of Count To A Trillion. Instead, Ill say that the novel came perilously close to overloading my capacity for wonder, burning out all my ‘gosh circuits--and I¹ve been reading science fiction assiduously since 1954. Mr. Wright is a major figure in the recent renaissance of space opera, the kind of writer who is equally at home with hard science and poetry, the kind you read slowly and carefully, and very happily. Count to a trillion, as slow as you like: youll be done long before you forget this story, or its Texan gunfighter hero, a child-abuse survivor yearning with all his heart for a cartoon future of hope called The Asymptote.” --Spider Robinson, author of Very Hard Choices
“Spectacularly clever… in weaving together cutting edge speculation along the outer fringes of science. Highly impressive.”--Kirkus
“R.A.Lafferty meets A.E.VanVogt in a cakewalk through a future full of anti-matter, alien artifacts, transhumans, an Iron Ghost, a Texas gunfighter, and a Space Princess. Well worth the price of admission." --Michael Flynn
“Wright is at his best…. Appealing to readers interested in glimpses of the unfathomable immensities of our universe.” --Publishers Weekly
“An awe-inspiring book, brave and full of wonder. Count to a Trillion pokes grand fun of humanity and post-humanity alike.”--Brenda Cooper, author of Reading the Wind
“An elegant stylist and a true visionary, Wright will delight hard sf fans with his exuberance, while his characters and plot keep the action fast and furious.” --Library Journal
“This is much more than a space opera, and fills your mind with intriguing, startling possibilities. John Wrights 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
Praise for John C. Wright
“Wright is a born novelist. And Null-A Continuum is a novelists novel, bristling with ideas and characters…. Wrights book is an erudite homage to the pulp tradition by a twenty-first century master.” —The Magazine of Fantasy & Sciencen Fiction
“Wrights fully realized future pulsates with life, intrigue, and unsettling correlations between his future and our present. The story is epic, operatic, heroic, romantic, and mythic all rolled into one.”
—Rain Taxi on The Phoenix Exult ant
“[There are] scientists and artists who dare to dream of post-human futures…Cory Doctorow, Bruce Sterling, Greg Egan, Rudy Rucker—these are just the first names that come most quickly to mind. Add to this list of brave visionaries that of John Wright.”
—SciFi Weekly on The Phoenix Exultant
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.
Space Opera / Western by the author of The Golden Age trilogy.
The first book in an all-new space adventure!
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.
About the Author
JOHN C. WRIGHT lives in Centreville, Virginia.