Tuesday, April 3, 2007

The Golden Transcendence - John C. Wright

You are in danger of having your head hurt if you don't like the tech overload sort of thing, for the first 60-70 page. It even had me scratching my head for a bit.

Then Wright skewers that, literally, as near the end of that confrontation, out come the samurai swords!

He does slip in a few Golden Age references and jokes here and there, of course.

For example, in the last part of the novel, when the conflict between the Silent and Golden Oecumenae has been going and going : "Emphyrio took out a tablet from his garb, and held it up. “Here is my prophecy: This New College, at least for a time, is dominated by Dark-Grays and Invariants. A warlike spirit grows.

“The Bellipotent Composition forms again. Other war heroes, Banbeck and Carter and Kinnison, Vidar the Silent and Valdemar the Slayer, are recompiled out of archives, or constructed, or born."

Then, a lighter style prevails as before, while the machine intelligence infiltration situtation is sorted out.

Conversely, the last part, post conflict with the Nothing Sophotect might seem to drag a little bit, but it is worth getting to the end part. A handy appendix, too, explaining all the mental structure, stuff.

3.5 out of 5

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