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Transcendence [Kindle Edition]

Christopher McKitterick
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"Riveting." --Jack McDevitt, Nebula Award winning author of ECHO. Summary: Humankind rushes toward self-destruction and must evolve or die. Our perspective: a scientist exploring an alien artifact on Triton, a teen-aged hacker in a city gone mad, three actors manipulated into igniting interplanetary war, the de-facto ruler of half the solar system, a soldier fighting in Africa to entertain his audience, an artificial intelligence facing personal crisis, and a cast of billions.

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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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BA5GJ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,434 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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