- Series: The Eschaton Sequence (Book 6)
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (December 26, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765381605
- ISBN-13: 978-0765381606
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is much more than a space opera, and fills your mind with intriguing, startling possibilities. Count To A Trillion is bursting with ideas, blending mythology, machine and human evolution, mathematics, space travel, and much more."―Brian Herbert, coauthor of the Dune series
"Spectacularly clever…in weaving together cutting-edge speculation along the outer fringes of science. Highly impressive." ―Kirkus Reviews
"R. A. Lafferty meets A. E. Van Vogt....Well worth the price of admission." ―Michael Flynn, author of The January Dancer
"[Count To A Trillion] came perilously close to overloading my capacity for wonder, burning out all my ‘gosh' circuits--and I've been reading science fiction assiduously since 1954." ―Spider Robinson, author of Very Hard Choices
"An elegant stylist and a true visionary, Wright will delight hard sf fans with his exuberance, while his characters and plot keep the action fast and furious." ―Library Journal, on Count To a Trillion
About the Author
JOHN C. WRIGHT is an attorney turned SF and fantasy writer. He has published short fiction in Asimov's Science Fiction and elsewhere, and wrote the Chronicles of Chaos, The Golden Age, and The War of Dreaming series. His novel Orphans of Chaos was a finalist for the Nebula Award in 2005. Count to Infinity is the sixth and final novel in The Eschaton Sequence.
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I have to be honest, this series has had its ups and downs. I have the distinct impression that Wright set himself the task of writing a story that consumed as much time and space as possible, purely as a test of his abilities. With debatable results. "Count to a Trillion" is a masterpiece, and a rich source of plot ideas for aspiring SF writers. "The Hermetic Millenia" and "Judge of Ages" were only so-so entries. "Architect of Aeons" and "The Vindication of Man" were good...but could have been better if some more of the back-story had been introduced. "Count to Infinity" is up to the standard of "Count to a Trillion". A worthy way to wrap things up.
The sequence is part hard-science fiction, part fantasy (of a sort -- necessarily, given the speculative extrapolations of the sciences involved), part social commentary, and a large part love story that starts, in the first volume, with an A.D. 23rd century Texan male, and concludes something in excess of 21 BILLION years later, in the final volume. I will also note that, to make sure the reader has context, the author provides a number of appendices with summary and additional information, including a time-line that extends back to 12 BILLION years before Christ -- not too long after the Big Bang.
Frankly, I have a hard time conceiving of anyone having an imagination so complex as to come up with a story of such complexity and a scope that gets grander and grander with each volume. Yet, the product of such an imagination sits in my hands, before my eyes.
I COULD go on for quite some time as to the basic assumptions behind plot devices and raise questions about physics, consciousness, etc., but I won't.
Just read the book!
The space adventure tale was exciting and action packed; the love story brought me to tears; the science, both fact and fiction, blew away the boundaries of my imagination; the philosophical debates taxed my mind to its limits (*that's a good thing!*). The fact that all of that is woven into a single coherent whole... unbelievable! And then the author succeeds where so many others fail and manages to give this epic story a truly satisfying ending.
Seriously, if you've already read the rest of this series, stop wasting time with reviews and just read this book!
And if you haven't read this series yet, stop wasting time with reviews and go read Count to a Trillion!!!