Synopses & Reviews
The Phoenix Exultant
is a continuation of the story begun in The Golden Age
and like it, a grand space opera in the tradition of Jack Vance and Roger Zelazny (with a touch of Cordwainer Smith-style invention).
At the conclusion of the first book, Phaethon of Radamanthus House, was left an exile from his life of power and privilege. Now he embarks upon a quest across the transformed solar system--Jupiter is a second sun, Mars and Venus terraformed, humanity immortal--among humans, intelligent machines, and bizarre life forms, to recover his memory, to regain his place in society and to move that society away from stagnation and toward the stars. And most of all Phaethon's quest is to regain ownership of the magnificent starship, the Phoenix Exultant, the most wonderful ship ever built, and fly her to the stars.
The Phoenix Exultantis an astounding story of super science, a thrilling wonder story that recaptures the verve of SF's golden age writers It is a suitably grand and stirring fulfillment of the promise shown in The Golden Age and confirms John C. Wright as a major new talent in the field. He concludes the Golden Age trilogy in The Golden Transcendence.
"Extraordinary ... Witty, inventive, labyrinthine, with a life-sized cast, Wright's creation—something like Alexander Jablokov meets Charles Sheffield, with a dash of Gene Wolfe—grows steadily more addictive."
--Kirkus Reviews "A philosophical novel in high-tech dress."
--The New York Times
"The Golden Age" concluded with Phaethon of Radamanthus House left as an exile from his life of power. Now in the second title of this saga, he embarks upon a quest to recover his memory and his life.
Continuing the story begun in "The Golden Age", "The Phoenix Exultant" Phaeton journeys among humans, intelligent machines and bizarre life forms, striving to recover his memory and to move society away from stagnation and towards the stars.
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.