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The Transhumanist Wager [Kindle Edition]

Zoltan Istvan
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Book Description

#1 BESTSELLER SCIENCE FICTION VISIONARY
#1 BESTSELLER PHILOSOPHY

"WINNER" Fiction Visionary - International Book Awards

Zoltan Istvan is the founder of political organization the "Transhumanist Party" and is its 2016 US presidential candidate.

Leading futurist, philosopher, and former National Geographic journalist Zoltan Istvan presents his award-winning, bestselling visionary novel, The Transhumanist Wager, as a seminal statement of our times.

His philosophical thriller has been called "revolutionary," "life-changing," and "a masterpiece" by readers, scholars, and critics. The novel debuts a challenging original philosophy, which rebuffs modern civilization by inviting the end of the human species—and declaring the onset of something greater.

Set in the present day, the novel tells the story of transhumanist Jethro Knights and his unwavering quest for immortality via science and technology. Fighting against him are fanatical religious groups, economically depressed governments, and mystic Zoe Bach: a dazzling trauma surgeon and the love of his life, whose belief in spirituality and the afterlife is absolute. Exiled from America and reeling from personal tragedy, Knights forges a new nation of willing scientists on the world's largest seastead, Transhumania. When the world declares war against the floating libertarian city, demanding an end to its renegade and godless transhuman experiments and ambitions, Knights strikes back, leaving the planet forever changed.


Praise for Zoltan Istvan's writing and work:

"Congratulations on an excellent story—really well written, concise, and elegant." (Editor, National Geographic News Service)

"Istvan is among the correspondents I value most for his...courage." (Senior Editor, The New York Times Syndicate)


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Man vs. machine, cryonics, mind uploading...a science fiction book that's Amazon's #1 book under the category Philosophy. -Fox News Channel
 
"This book is an edgy riveting masterpiece that will long linger with anyone who reads it." -Serious Wonder
 
"Protagonist Jethro Knights may become one of the grand characters of modern fiction." -Psychology Today
 
"About a man's quest to live forever using science, medicine, and technology." Popular Science  
 
"Istvan, a prominent transhumanist writer...enlightens me. In The Transhumanist Wager, transhumanists manage to launch the 3rd world war." -The Telegraph
 
"The action sequences in the book are top notch." -New York Journal of Books
 
"Many say The Transhumanist Wager is the new Atlas Shrugged." -Marin Magazine
 
"It's a page-turner. Istvan knows how to tell a compelling story." -io9.com
  
"Transhumanism is snowballing into an international movement. The current wave of debate surrounding the concept began with The Transhumanist Wager." -Breitbart
 
"A marvelous work of science fiction." -IEET
  
"Controversial...a philosopher brings transhumanism to the world." -Wired (Germany)
  
"I enjoyed The Transhumanist Wager...an adventurous suspense-filled semi-sci-fi about sailing, love & life extension." -The Huffington Post
 
"Istvan's novel has the potential to become a cult book." -Kurzweil AI
 
"Istvan demonstrates great adeptness at crafting complex characters." -San Francisco Book Review
 
"A philosophical manifesto." -Vice (Italy) 
 
"Thrilling...an important literary work everyone must read." -Guardian Liberty Voice
  
"The concept of people taking a Transhumanist Wager is making a strong impact." -RT Television
   
"It promises to become a cult classic among futurists." -SASM Institute

From the Author

Q & A with author Zoltan Istvan:
       
Why did you write The Transhumanist Wager?     

My main goal was to inspire readers with a powerful artistic statement that would challenge their ideas of life and death. The rapid advancement of life extension science and technology will drastically change everything in our society far sooner than most people realize.

Your novel is quite controversial. Why is that?
The primary reason is that the novel's subject matter challenges virtually everyone. And since The Transhumanist Wager is an indie book, neither publisher nor editor was able to temper its content in the name of political correctness, religiosity, or commercialism.

Did your journalism career influence the writing of the novel?  
Yes, definitely. Many of the central characters and scenes in the book are directly taken from places I've visited and stories I've covered, especially for the National Geographic Channel.

Will there be a sequel?
Possibly.

Product Details

  • File Size: 920 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Futurity Imagine Media LLC (January 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQQSY60
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Luke M.
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Zoltan Istvan has crafted a thrilling work of science- fiction that provides insights into what could become future science-fact. In reality, our species is at a turning point right now... marvelous new technologies brought on by scientific thought have the potential to provide for an unprecedented level of abundance and an incredible standard of living. The Transhumanist Wager examines this fork in the road we as a species currently find ourselves at by telling the story of protagonist Jethro Knights, a driven transhumanist philosopher intent on doing everything he can to gain power and live forever, becoming an "Omnipotender". The obstacles he faces in his struggle to forge a new world based on reason and science are the same struggles that hinder the movers and shakers in our reality; namely, archaic conservative institutions of government, religion, and culture, that hinder progress by instilling fear in the populace.

The story is packed with insight into the workings of corrupt institutions and the thoughts of the people that populate them. It also provides a vision of the antithesis of these corrupt institutions: Educated peoples working together towards a shared goal. The novel has a great deal of action, adventure, and intriguing philosophy to keep you turning the pages. I finished it in two nights of nonstop reading. It's inspired me to keep working to become a more valuable individual, and so I'd give it 5 stars, despite some minor differences in my personal philosophy and politics.

I would (and have) recommend it to friends, and am happy to have read the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transhumanist heaven May 23, 2013
By Jay
Format:Paperback
This philosophical sci-fi novel follows Ray Kurzweil's views on Singularity and focuses on the morals of upcoming technologies changing what it means to be traditional humans.

The book follows a transhumanist, Jethro Knights, in his quest to attain his dream (a dream he believes every other human should strive to attain) that he clearly describes in his TEF Manifesto, a paper where he suggests the existence of a perfect world where everyone follows transhumanist goals (human enhancement to live as long as possible) and suggests very radical actions in changing the world.

As the book states, following transhumanist goals is not easy in our culture, as merging man and machine is viewed by millions as unethical. Therefore, Jethro fights harder than ever to follow his dream and create his perfect world, going against governments, religion, and basically the whole world.

Jethro is very, very extreme and goes against every moral that has sunk into us since our birth. Therefore, for the first half of the book I struggled to agree with anything he said, mainly because of the shock I had from his straight forward radical thinking. Throughout the book I got used to him and better understood him, so if you struggle at the start, do continue. It's worth it.

The book (almost) finishes with a long speech where Jethro explains why he wanted to change the world, basically because of brainwashing governments pushing us to mass consumerism and loosing our initiative to question our surroundings. Human kind has become stupid and lazy, and things must change.

For the past year I have been researching and discussing the exact same topics with other students of my uni, so it is not the first time I came across this type of thinking.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It stirs the pot August 1, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Zoltan, thank you for writing this book. I don't especially like your protagonist, nor his rigidly totalitarian views. I am a transhumanist, and I believe that the carrot is usually preferable to the stick. What I found most satisfying is that such a book offers us a starting point, where we can look at the issues that will need resolving if we are to build a better, more transhuman society. We are the architects of our future, and it is thrilling to have such a rare opportunity before us.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Radical, but you will love it June 13, 2013
Format:Paperback
This is the best book I read in the last year.
I like that it is radical, that it is thought provoking.
Others commented that they didn't like to read about the death of a woman or the unborn baby,
but you know what. As terrible as they are, these will be imprinted into your mind for long.
That mental pictures are what makes a book memorable.

It was very brave of you to write this book about transhumanism in this style. Nobody before you dared it.
Please, Zoltan, write more books!
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30 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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From page one, Istvan sweeps us away into the land of the not so distant future, where transhumanism has found its place in common society, despite the strong oppression received by religious groups. The story follows Jethro Knights, a blatantly honest transhumanist, through a flowing, highly immersive narrative and we soon find ourselves unable to stop reading. At times, the dialogue will have us heartily agreeing, gripping the edge of our seats, or pausing for a contemplative stare off into distance. Yet, just pages later, it will put us into a place of introspective discomfort as it challenges and shakes the foundations of ideology with stark philosophy. From cover to cover, this book is an edgy, riveting masterpiece that will long linger with anyone who reads it.
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Where to start? At times, I considered physically flinging this book in disgust, but decided it wasn't worth buying a new Kindle over. Read more
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When i first heard of the transhumance philosophy I was taken back and scared. This book was a sort of exploration of a vision that is Transhumanism for me. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!
This book was/is very inspiring. It has changed my view of the world and how I perceive it, my worldview will never be the same.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Drape the dogma however you like, it still come across as suffocating
Disappointing. This book's narrative voice comes across as selling you a religion. The book pushes Quasi-Humanist ideology that justifies violence to cut out the 'lesser... Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Utter drivel
Utter drivel. The book is basically a platform for the author's aspirations as a transhumanist messiah that not only misrepresents transhumanism but casts it in the light of a... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved reading this
This book has everything. The ideas Istvan presents provoke thought, especially for transhumanists, while being very exciting as a novel. Read more
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More About the Author

Bestselling visionary author Zoltan Istvan, an American-Hungarian, began a solo, multi-year sailing journey around the world at the age of 21. His main cargo was 500 handpicked books, mostly classics. He's explored over 100 countries--many as a journalist for the National Geographic Channel--writing, filming, and appearing in dozens of television stories, articles, and webcasts. His work has also been featured by The New York Times, Outside, San Francisco Chronicle, Slate, Wired UK, Vice, BBC Radio, CBS, Fox News, CNN, RT, the Travel Channel, and much other media. In addition to his award-winning coverage of the war in Kashmir, he gained worldwide attention for pioneering and popularizing the extreme sport of volcano boarding. Zoltan later became a director for the international conservation group WildAid, leading armed patrol units to stop the billion-dollar illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia. Back in America, he started various successful businesses, from real estate development to filmmaking to viticulture, joining them under ZI Ventures. He is a philosophy and religious studies graduate of Columbia University and resides in San Francisco with his daughters and physician wife. Zoltan recently published "The Transhumanist Wager," a fictional thriller describing philosopher Jethro Knights and his unwavering quest for immortality via science and technology. Zoltan also writes columns for Vice's Motherboard (Transhumanist Future), Psychology Today (The Transhumanist Philosopher) and The Huffington Post. He is the founder of political organization the Transhumanist Party and is its 2016 US presidential candidate.

Praise for Zoltan Istvan's writing and work:

"Congratulations on an excellent story--really well written, concise, and elegant." (Editor, National Geographic News Service)

"Istvan is among the correspondents I value most for his...courage." (Senior Editor, The New York Times Syndicate)



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