- File Size: 940 KB
- Print Length: 416 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312848706
- Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (January 18, 2003)
- Publication Date: January 18, 2003
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000FA5QJK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John C. Wright is one of the big names in Singularity Sci-Fi, which is a topic of great interest to me. His The Golden Age series has met with a tremendous amount of critical acclaim. Hence, purchasing it was a bit of a no brainer.
For the most part, I found the novel tremendous exercise for the mind and would agree that this is quality “brain food.” The extrapolation from today’s trends with technology, the internet, video gaming, and so on seemed spot on. It’s a world for cybergeeks, no doubt about it.
But for the rest of us, not looking to lose our humanity along the way, I must say I found this future world rather cold and off-putting. And while you’ll find The Golden Age classified as one of the few examples of positive sci-fi, for me this was a dystopia as real as any I’d just as soon avoid. That may be all the more reason for readers who enjoy this sort of thing to jump in. But I found in between struggling to figure out what was going on, and trying to connect to the people, places, and things, I just wasn’t having that much fun. Which is why I went with the 3.5 stars. All the same, for any hard sci-fi fan, any Singularity fan, and anyone looking to author some books in these areas, this remains required reading.
That said, some things in the book I liked less. My biggest gripe is that this book is (as I was aware beforehand) just a third of the story, there is no ending at all, two other books follow. The book is enjoyable, but not that gripping that one should have to endure through three of them to find out what the answers really are, and as I've found out from reading the plot summary later, the conclusion is not that earth-shattering to start with.
Second, the book feels like a play most of the time. People just talk, albeit the background changes. And lastly, I found it rather implausible, that after 10,000 years of growth in technology, people are still basically organic humans, even if enhanced and with many add-ons. With all the wonders described in the book, surely people should have found out that the organic brain is holding them back and that they can easily go beyond it.
By no means perfect, but intelligent and well-crafted.
Most books like this that I've read have felt contrived, with unrealistic characters and situations haphazardly thrown together in order to give the author an excuse to preach. This book on the other hand, I couldn't tell you whether or not the author valued telling an entertaining story or sharing his ideas more.
While there are a few other authors out there that can be both entertaining and deeply thought provoking at the same time, they generally are not particularly skilled writers, whose ability to put words on a page is very poor. For example, Isaac Asimov could tell a story with interesting ideas that also entertained, but you had to wade through clunky prose and bad dialogue to get at said story. John C. Wright on the other hand actually writes like a professional writer. His word craft is top notch.
So if you like Sci Fi, philosophy, mysteries, and excellent writing, this book is a must read.
Really look forward to re-reading this book!
The focus on deep, intellectual discussions and debates regarding the nature of free will, the foundations of civilization, and what it means to be human, all reminded me of the very best parts of Frank Herbert's Dune series; combined with the expansive and intricately detailed universe building of Peter Hamilton's Void Trilogy. And, unlike the Dune series or the Void Trilogy, Mr. Wright's trilogy is brought to a climactic and emotionally satisfying conclusion by the end of book 3, "The Golden Transcendence."
In addition, this series' optimistic outlook leads to a bold celebration of the triumph of the human spirit and human civilization, a refreshing change from the sea of dreary, nihilistic works that it shares shelf space with.
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