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Length: 440 pages

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A larger-than-life tale of men and women in crisis... Readers who enjoyed the cyberpunk feel of Neal Stephenson's SNOW CRASH and the cosmic fiction of James Blish's CITIES IN FLIGHT should welcome the author's full-length SF debut.
--Library Journal

A stark, thoughtful, and engrossing look at human society and its interactions with animate and inanimate objects.
--Publishers Weekly

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A wild ride through a hypertech world.  Riveting.
--Jack McDevitt, Nebula Award winning author of Echo

Beautiful, moving, and ambitious.
--Ann Tonsor Zeddies, Philip K. Dick Award nominee and author of the Typhon series.

In the not-too-distant future, humanity has colonized the solar system. People present themselves virtually, sometimes several layers deep, and it's often hard to tell who is real.

Battles raging in trans-Neptunian space and on Earth are broadcast for the entertainment of millions. The audience is unaware if the characters are intheflesh or virtual.

An orbiting EarthCo-owned supercomputer called the Brain becomes sentient while the tycoon who created it spins plans to take over the solar system.

A lone scientist explores an alien artifact on Neptune's moon Triton, aware that squabbles between rival corporations not only interfere with the broadcast battle, but threaten to destroy him, the artifact, and potentially all of humankind.

This is how life as we know it ends... and something new begins.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1004 KB
  • Print Length: 440 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hadley Rille Books (November 6, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 6, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BA5GJ0
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More About the Author

Christopher McKitterick's short work has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. He was honored to edit the 2010 special science fiction issue of World Literature Today, and his debut novel, Transcendence, was published in November 2010. He is Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction (http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu) and lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where he teaches writing and SF, restores old vehicles, and watches the sky.

Come visit Chris at his website: christopher-mckitterick.com
Blog: mckitterick.livejournal.com
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By thetheorist on January 21, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the same review I left on the hardback version of this, figured I would post it to the Kindle version as well.

Transcendence is an ambitious book that covers a huge range of sci-fi and philosophical ideas, while maintaining the pace of an adventure that spans the solar system.

The solar system is dominated by two mega-corporations that have settled into a kind of cold war reminiscent of the US vs Soviet Union. Against this background, a reality TV star, a gang kid, a scientist and others try to figure out their place in the world and what the future holds for them.

The most interesting aspect of it for me are the ideas of a perpetually wired humanity, where the internet is built into each person's brain. Media overload, and the distance it creates between people, is eerily reminiscent of how today's world world is moving. When every fantasy can be lived virtually, instantly, how can real people compete? Media is a huge theme in the book, delving Internet addiction, government manipulation through news and fiction, and the difficulty in telling the difference between reality and virtual worlds when both seem equally real.

Even with all the heavy ideas though, the story is still fun and exciting. Thematically, I woudl compare it to Spider Robinson's Mindkiller/Time Pressure books, while structurally it reminds me of how some of Neal Stephenson's works are built (multiple main characters scattered across large areas).
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Recently saw the Johnny Depp movie-version and thought the book might be a worthy read. The movie was okay, but it had almost nothing in common with the book except the book/movie title and the Johnny Depp character. They were about as different as they could possibly be ... and that's probably a good thing! If the movie had been more like the book it would have been at least 28 hours long and we'd all have gone to sleep without getting to the end. (Also not necessarily a bad thing ... the conclusion of the book sucks.) There are certainly an unknown amount of scifi junkies out there that this book will more readily appeal to (got no problem with that) - the main underlying theme is interesting enough; combining aspects of computer programs, chips and hardware with human intelligence through surgical implants in an effort to create Artificial Intelligence, Cyborgs and very smart people. This is a current concept and popular genre for scifi authors. Therein lies the problem. There are so many more great books now available in this genre, that this novel won't be worth its price for many readers. It is extremely long, boring, meandering and has way too many meaningless characters with entire chapters explaining their convoluted backgrounds, which does little or nothing to add to the primary story. Okay. Here is the real skinny. The novel has a little bit of so many different new concepts, that some of them are bound to appeal to some readers. But, in my case, not enough to rate the book higher than average. Also, this book leans more toward the "Cyberpunk" genre, which is not my thing rather than conventional scifi ... if Cyberpunk happens to be your thing: THEN GO FOR IT.!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter W. Bednar on May 6, 2014
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Ever read a book that you were glad to finish? I have been a avid reader of SCFI for over 40 years, and maybe it's just me, but I found this to be the hardest read ever. Too much tech and not enough people involvement.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MOMMY IS A GENIUS on May 24, 2014
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As with many book-turned-movie titles, There is so much left out, of the book, for the sake of commercial appeal.

The books is a little boring in the beginning, but has a slow, rising build-up. Overall, a very good read, for rainy nights.

I am trying not to spoil the plot, but please read this book, before seeing the film.
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