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The Golden Age

af John C. Wright

Serier: The Golden Age (1)

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The Golden Age is Grand Space Opera, a large-scale SF adventure novel in the tradition of A. E. Van vogt and Roger Zelazny, with perhaps a bit of Cordwainer Smith enriching the style. It is an astounding story of super science, a thrilling wonder story that recaptures the excitements of SF's golden age writers. The Golden Age takes place 10,000 years in the future in our solar system, an interplanetary utopian society filled with immortal humans. Within the frame of a traditional tale-the one rebel who is unhappy in utopia-Wright spins an elaborate plot web filled with suspense and passion. Phaethon, of Radamanthus House, is attending a glorious party at his family mansion to celebrate the thousand-year anniversary of the High Transcendence. There he meets first an old man who accuses him of being an impostor and then a being from Neptune who claims to be an old friend. The Neptunian tells him that essential parts of his memory were removed and stored by the very government that Phaethon believes to be wholly honorable. It shakes his faith. He is an exile from himself. And so Phaethon embarks upon a quest across the transformed solar system--Jupiter is now a second sun, Mars and Venus terraformed, humanity immortal--among humans, intelligent machines, and bizarre life forms that are partly both, to recover his memory, and to learn what crime he planned that warranted such preemptive punishment. His quest is to regain his true identity. The Golden Age is one of the major, ambitious SF novels of the year and the international launch of an important new writer in the genre.… (mere)
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    Aristoi af Walter Jon Williams (whiten06)
    whiten06: A similar view of transhumanism and augmented reality.
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Straordinario affresco trans-umanista, un romanzo complesso, articolato, ricchissimo... uno sguardo affascinante in un futuro remoto in cui l'umanità ha raggiunto grazie alla tecnologia uno status di quasi divinità. ( )
  senio | Sep 7, 2021 |
The Golden Age by John C. Wright is a fully developed view of an age 10,000 years into the future, named the “Golden Oecumene”. The solar system is a utopian society teeming with a vast assortment of human, artificial intelligence, nearly immortal tech-assisted post-humans, and many entities in between, including mass minds and AI collectives. They exist in an abundantly populated Solar System that has been re-engineered on a planetary scale. The book is filled with big ideas, whether it’s the layers of alternate reality the beings exist and communicate through, or the complex society and subtle relationships between the various life-forms. The scale of the world-building in this trilogy is stunning.

I enjoyed the start of this story, set at a masquerade ball during the time of ‘High-Transcendence”, an event held every thousand years, meant to bring together all life forms, to celebrate the Golden Oecumene, and to plan the next thousand years. The masquerade allows beings to conceal their identity, which provides some intrigue and a slow reveal of many of the main characters. The protagonist is Phaethon, son of Helion. A great lord, Helion, completed some celestial engineering of the Sun providing some of the stability and power to this golden age. Phaethon quickly realizes he has lost large swaths of his memory and quickly determines that he himself played a role in suppressing his memories. The rest of this first book, largely follows Phaethon attempting to recover his lost memories, but also unraveling a web of complexity and intrigue.

In my opinion, the novel is not without its issues. I found it to be a laborious read, never turning into the ‘mind-movie’ that the best books create for me. I was never able to easily visual the settings and I never connected with the characters. The one exception might be Rhadamanthus, Phaethon’s AI assistant that often manifests as a penguin. There are no strong female characters, and the most important one, is a strikingly beautiful, puppet replica who is deeply in love with Phaethon, but is constantly dismissed. In this respect, the book feels a bit like a typical 1950’s misogynistic sci-fi novel. What’s impressive is that despite its flaws, I never once considered abandoning this book. It was not the plot or characters that kept me, but the continuous creative ideas about this utopian society so far in the future.

I will likely read the next two novels at some point, hoping that Wright continues to produce the intriguing ideas, but also finding better footing is his story telling. I don’t read a great deal of far future or cyberpunk sci-fi, so maybe I’m being exposed to concepts and ideas that more common than I realize. But for me, this was chocked full of imaginative concepts.

A challenging read, but worth the investment due to the non-stop mind-stretching imagining of a far off future, it’s inhabitants, and it’s wonders and tribulations. ( )
  Kevin_A_Kuhn | Dec 10, 2018 |
I'm being generous with the three stars, because it definitely suffered on the reread. I still like the basic concept: Phaeton is investigating himself because he has large chunks of his memory missing, and he's trying to figure out why he's done this to himself and how this affects his sense of self. The book and its world are hamstrung by the author's worldview, however, and the talking exposition wears on you after a while. At least his editor stuck with the book till the end this time instead of giving up halfway through. ( )
  natcontrary | May 21, 2018 |
Trilogy of a wildly exuberant, neo-Romantic far future solar system. Vivid alternate mental structures, super science, with a hero who's brave and bold, yet always a civilized gentleman. And AI super-intelligences secretly laughing at their beloved, amusing humans. Bonus - the most lovingly-detailed, geek-a-licious starship ever.
  Clevermonkey | May 29, 2014 |
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The Golden Age is Grand Space Opera, a large-scale SF adventure novel in the tradition of A. E. Van vogt and Roger Zelazny, with perhaps a bit of Cordwainer Smith enriching the style. It is an astounding story of super science, a thrilling wonder story that recaptures the excitements of SF's golden age writers. The Golden Age takes place 10,000 years in the future in our solar system, an interplanetary utopian society filled with immortal humans. Within the frame of a traditional tale-the one rebel who is unhappy in utopia-Wright spins an elaborate plot web filled with suspense and passion. Phaethon, of Radamanthus House, is attending a glorious party at his family mansion to celebrate the thousand-year anniversary of the High Transcendence. There he meets first an old man who accuses him of being an impostor and then a being from Neptune who claims to be an old friend. The Neptunian tells him that essential parts of his memory were removed and stored by the very government that Phaethon believes to be wholly honorable. It shakes his faith. He is an exile from himself. And so Phaethon embarks upon a quest across the transformed solar system--Jupiter is now a second sun, Mars and Venus terraformed, humanity immortal--among humans, intelligent machines, and bizarre life forms that are partly both, to recover his memory, and to learn what crime he planned that warranted such preemptive punishment. His quest is to regain his true identity. The Golden Age is one of the major, ambitious SF novels of the year and the international launch of an important new writer in the genre.

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