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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)


Editorial Reviews

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Man vs. machine, cryonics, mind uploading...a science fiction book that's Amazon's #1 book under the category Philosophy is The Transhumanist Wager-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
 
"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
 
"A controversial novel." -The Spectator
 
"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. I hope it will be widely read & discussed." -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: #52,759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 14 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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
A near-future scientific action novel I read recently and enjoyed a lot! Engaging action, philosophy, quite scientific, and an interesting and important vision of a possible near-future scenario. It made me think more thoroughly about the current state of transhumanism as well as of its opposition, and refreshed my motivation to work on making big futuristic ideas a reality.

The novel is about a clash between (religious) conservatives and transhumanists, and the slightly scary thing is that this conflict is actually already slowly intensifying in real life, too. After reading the novel I happened to read on the web some seriously anti-transhumanist essays, written by rather esteemed and educated people, yet ridden with flawed arguments combined with strong religious conservatism, that made me quite worried, as I now had, thanks to the novel, become a lot more conscious about how such conservatism and irrational fears can escalate to a violently fierce opposition when transhumanist ideas and activities become more widespread. So I would highly recommend to read this novel as a quite realistic possible near-future scenario (at least with regard to human reactions, not necessarily the particular technologies involved) and to think if we could and should do something already now to lessen the negative sides and strengthen the positive sides of what might be happening soon (or actually is already starting to happen now).

The novel is, of course, not perfect — occasionaly the story seems a bit too idealistic and kind of like transhumanism sales brochure, in the sense of not being as balanced as I would like.
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13 of 17 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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27 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It stirs the pot August 1, 2013
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so great
"Many say The Transhumanist Wager is the new Atlas Shrugged." goes one review. I would agree with that, but for me that's not a compliment. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Bhakta Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thinker Type
This book will make you think. True it's all fiction, but you never know what might happen.
Published 8 days ago by Jessica Forrest
5.0 out of 5 stars Best read this year
A great story about Transhumanism, life and death, love, and the afterlife. Plenty of adventure and emotions involved.
Published 16 days ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars must read
Really makes you think.
Published 19 days ago by Christopher Larime
5.0 out of 5 stars is like walking out of The Avengers movie and saying
Though I can’t knowledgeably rattle on about the literary and philosophical problems with The Transhumanist Wager that some of the “1 star reviewers” have used to trash this book,... Read more
Published 21 days ago by D Marz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story. The Fountainhead meets futurism.
Published 21 days ago by D. Insausti
5.0 out of 5 stars David Skylark, "They hate us, cause they anus"
First off, I can’t simply say this was a great read, nor it was hard to put down because that wouldn’t come close to describe the pure genius of this piece of literature. Read more
Published 24 days ago by paul bissett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thanks for a good deal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great idea. Great concept. Not very well expressed
Published 24 days ago by Gilberto Mendoza
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Didn't like it.
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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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