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About Zoltan Istvan
Zoltan Istvan 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, Outside, San Francisco Chronicle, Slate, Wired UK, Vice, BBC Radio, CBS, Fox News, CNN, RT, 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. His second book, The Futuresist Cure: Notes from the Front Lines of Transhumanism is a collection of his best essays. His latest book is Upgrading America: The Political Writings of Zoltan Istvan. It was a #1 bestseller in Politics on Amazon. Zoltan writes opinion articles regularly for mainstream media, including The New York Times, Vice, Quartz Business Insider and other places. He is a 2020 US Presidential candidiate. Find out more at: www.zoltan2020.com
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World leading futurist and 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.
Der Gründer der Globalen Transhumanistischen Partei und US-Präsidentschaftskandidat 2016 schildet in seinem preisgekrönten Roman den Kampf des charismatischen Einzelkämpfers Jethro Knight für den technologischen Fortschritt und die Freiheit der Menschheit gegen den Widerstand von Fundamentalisten.
Jethro Knights, hochbegabt und wild entschlossen, das volle Potenzial seines Lebens bis hin zur Unsterblichkeit auszuschöpfen, wird zum Vorkämpfer des Transhumanismus in den USA und weltweit. Diese Philosophie propagiert einen neuen Menschen in enger Verbindung mit technologischen Errungenschaften. Christliche Fundamentalisten und die Regierung wollen ihren Erfolg gewaltsam verhindern. Jethro wird unterstützt von seiner geliebten Zoe und mutigen Wissenschaftlern. Kann er seine Ideen durchsetzen? Und wie wird die Welt dann in Zukunft aussehen?
"Ihr solltet Euch in das Unbekannte verlieben und alles infrage stellen… Möge die Transhumanistische Revolution ewig dauern."