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The Transhumanist Wager [Kindle Edition]

Zoltan Istvan
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Book Description

"WINNER" Fiction Visionary - International Book Awards

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


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 a brilliant, provocative masterpiece." -Immortal Life
"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 third 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." 
"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
"A controversial novel." -The Spectator
"Fascinating. It's making waves." -Good Day Sacramento, CBS TV
"I enjoyed The Transhumanist 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
" important literary work that everyone must read." -Guardian Liberty Voice
"The concept of people taking a Transhumanist Wager is making a strong impact." -RT
"It promises to become a cult classic among futurists." -SASM Institute
"This book is an edgy riveting masterpiece that will long linger with anyone who reads it." -Techno-Optimist

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?

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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,417 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting View Point January 23, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Zoltan Istvan's book "The Transhumanist Wager" is truly an eye opening book. This books leaves you wanting to know more about transhumanist and gets on to contemplate the plausibility of the new world order. The ideas and general philosophy are worth taking a long hard look at. Two things struck me most about reading this book. One, is religion really in the way of progression or is politics? Second, is Zotan Istvans major reason for writing this book to bring about a philosophical dialogue dealing with humanist and religion. As for religion I think God is the first transhumanist. It isn't God that stands in the way of progress it is Mans interpretation of what man thinks God wouldn't want. Politicians are also standing in the way of true progress for fear they will lose their jobs and on a personal level I believe politics is far more dangerous than religion due to greed and power.

It is a fictional portrayal of humanist views involving the prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. More to the point a system of thought being centered on the rational autonomous self and ignoring the unintegrated and conditioned individual especial in this book relying on the sciences to better life that can only come through scientific breakthroughs. It is obvious that Mr. Istvan has given his book a great deal of thought and research if he himself is not a transhumanist. When reading this book one should keep an open mind as it raises issues people do not usually converse openly about. This book raised the hairs on the back of my neck, however let me be clear when I say as I read the book his transhumanist view was very appealing.

His characters are written so well in their description that you hate and respect them all the same.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible story of what's possible March 10, 2014
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When the brightest of minds unite.

What if we enabled an incredibly focused, incredibly smart group of people to concentrate on inventing things that would move humanity forward? This book shows what can happen when you eliminate the obstructions of regulation and geography, and get people on a difficult, ambiguous and major project because you know they will find a way to make it work.

We didn't know exactly how to create the atomic bomb, but the Manhattan Project was successful in a large part because it received enough backing, was given an unobstructed setting, and had a small, free-of-distractions team. DARPA retains some of those methodologies to this day. Practical nuclear science brought humanity to a new era, and while the dangers of military use is on everyone's mind, it’s hard to argue against the achievements yielded by dedication to R&D.

The characters in Transhumanist Wager, along with their morals, are magnets for scrutiny. The possibility of creating a real-world Transhumaia might be slim, at least at present. It’s a bold vision, but a core takeaway from this book is a reminder of what is possible when we simply provide the resources to make it happen.

Technology is often a double-edged sword. But if we look at what's needed to bring humanity forward, as a whole, very few things are more scalable, more replicateable, and can change more lives more quickly.

Istvan pushes for a radical refocusing of resources towards things that matter. He calls for a pure economic meritocracy. Looking at the big picture, 10, 100, even 200 years out, inventions like artificial lungs and successful cryogenic reanimation could bring about much more social benefit, than, say, allocating those funds to welfare.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly recommended page-turner! February 21, 2014
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Here’s a novel every Christian and non-Christian should read. As one of those in the former camp, it challenged my beliefs without changing them, whilst giving me hours of entertaining reading – all at the same time!

Before I was half-way through this book, I could see why religious authorities and scholars have branded it as “socially dangerous” and “revolutionary”: it challenges the current world order and also Christians’ acceptance and understanding of the ‘second coming’ and the Afterlife.

If this wasn’t a work of fiction, I doubt I’d have read it. But it is fiction, and I’m very glad I did (read it). Not sure it’s “visionary”, as the book’s splurge would have us believe, but it sure is a page-turner.

Highly recommended! -Lance Morcan
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book! February 16, 2014
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I enjoyed The Transhumanist Wager very much. It provides a fascinating look into the transhumanist world. I learned a lot about the possibilities the future holds.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! February 9, 2014
A mind bending, soul stirring, work of art. I highly recommend it. Full of revolutionary perspective, and philosophical fuel. Pure Genius!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good, motivating tale of the transhuman adventure January 29, 2014
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A good book with a GREAT surprise direction halfway through ;).

Its flaws are also its strong points: namely, the extreme anti-transhumanness and the severe and incredibly individualistic transhumanist espoused by the main character. They go well together and fuel the plot. But, nevertheless, the morphing of selfish, libertarian philosophies with transhumanism gets grating by the end =3=.

Going too far will stimulate more thoughts though ^^;
Thus, I thoroughly enjoyed the book frustrations, inspirations and all.

Will those new to the ideas be turned off? Or will they say, "hey, that Jethro Knights takes things too far, but, yeah, we agree with some of the basic principles...." -- Which, hey, is transhumanism :>?

My favorite idea from the book is the realization that any DELAY to life-extension technology and research is essentially AN ATTACK on MY LIFE (as I want to live indefinitely). We can go further: not fully supporting everyone who wants to do life-extension (and similar) research also slows progress, and is thus an attack on my life. [Whether people who don't want to do such research should be forced to participate is a harder question. We still have a bunch of other work to do to support humanity though.]

I'm not one for viewing life competitively, BUT THESE ARE ATTACKS ON MY LIFE! On our lives. Can we just sit back and take it? Can we bear to not fight back?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm share a lot in common in what the book ...
I'm share a lot in common in what the book has to say and have been a transhumanist for 30 yrs. without the name Im working on livingIa very long time
Published 5 days ago by Carl
3.0 out of 5 stars A Questionable Hero
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A young college co-ed completely in love with reason and logic, Jethro Knights finds... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Nicole Sallak Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for transhumanists
I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started reading the book. I was told that I should read the book - and I'm glad I listened. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Martin Dinov
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a fascinating read. The only other ...
This book is a fascinating read. The only other book that had a Transhumanist story line is Ben Bova's book Moonwar. Read more
Published 14 days ago by SRS
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking fun read. Reminded me of a much shorter but ...
Thought provoking fun read. Reminded me of a much shorter but modern version of Atlas Shrugged by Ayne Rand.
Published 18 days ago by Caren Holt
5.0 out of 5 stars Not done yet, but can't put it down!
I got Zoltan's book on the free offer day and I love the premise! I'm getting excited that these ideas are at least starting to enter the mainstream more and I can wait to find out... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Perry
4.0 out of 5 stars Much needed energy!
For me this book was a much needed energy and enthusiasm for the transhumanis movement as a whole, not a perfect book, but a much needed new blood(with some gunpowder) into the... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Leo Nunes
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unlimited Ascent of Man
Revolutionary. Stunningly ambitious. This novel threatens to transform mankind. For the better, no less. Shockingly and earth-shatteringly so. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Kyrel Z.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Transhumanist Wager by Zoltan Istvan Rocks the Boat
I really enjoyed reading “The Transhumanist Wager” by Zoltan Istvan as it was an eye-opening powerful read that’s sure to ruffle some feathers. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Kyle Pollard
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After reading a book I don't usually re-read the reviews, I do that before purchasing. I already knew what I was going to rate the book, but wanted to check out the reviews of... 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 Syndicate, Outside, San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Radio, CBS, Fox News, CNN, 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 blogs for Psychology Today (The Transhumanist Philosopher) and The Huffington Post.

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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