Count to a Trillion by John C. Wright

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Hundreds of years in the future, after the collapse of the Western world, young Menelaus Illation Montrose grows up in what was once Texas as a gunslinging duelist for hire. But Montrose is also a mathematical genius--and a romantic who dreams of a future in which humanity rises from the ashes to take its place among the stars.





The chance to help usher in that future comes when Montrose is recruited for a manned interstellar mission to investigate an artifact of alien origin. Known as the Monument, the artifact is inscribed with data so complex, only a posthuman mind can decipher it. So Montrose does the unthinkable: he injects himself with a dangerous biochemical drug designed to boost his already formidable intellect to superhuman intelligence. It drives him mad.





Nearly two centuries later, his sanity restored, Montrose is awakened from cryo-suspension with no memory of his posthuman actions, to find Earth transformed in strange and disturbing ways, and learns that the Monument still carries a secret he must decode--one that will define humanity's true future in the universe.




 

About John C. Wright

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JOHN C. WRIGHT is an attorney turned SF and fantasy writer. He has published short fiction in Asimov's SF 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. The Hermetic Millennia is his second novel in the Count to a Trillion series.
 
Published December 20, 2011 by Tor Books. 365 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the 23rd century, on an Earth exhausted by wars, climate change and other ills, young mathematical genius Menelaus Montrose grows up in Texas and becomes a duelist to support his mother and siblings.

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Publishers Weekly

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Wright (Orphans of Chaos) is at his best when he abandons his trite characters and cardboard terrestrial setting to contemplate the Stapledonian implications of a government able to function across the vast expanses of space and time, appealing to readers interested in glimpses of the unfathomabl...

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Examiner

Some readers may find themselves skimming the more esoteric portions, where Menelaus grapples with his heightened thinking, but these sections do give a good sense that he's gone beyond anything compared to normal levels of human intellect.

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New York Journal of Books

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“One of the great pleasures of reading utopian sci-fi is that one sees the author play with wild and exciting possibilities, to present futures we might one day have to live, and to juxtapose a vision of a future society with our own less-than-perfect present.

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As science fiction has transitioned from pulp trash to critical respectability, it’s lost some of the insane sense of fun that characterized early forms of the genre.

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Unafraid of huge ideas and mindbending theorizing, Wright takes the reader on a whirlwind exploration of the intersection of politics and science, and culminating in a thoughtful examination of what it means to be human.

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Bookmarks Magazine

It drives him mad.Nearly two centuries later, his sanity restored, Montrose is awakened from cryo-suspension with no memory of his posthuman actions, to find Earth transformed in strange and disturbing ways, and learns that the Monument still carries a secret he must decode—one that...

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Strange Horizons

When his strict, doctrinaire mother forces Menelaus to delete his comic book files, Menelaus loses the thread of the narrative: he will never reach the conclusion of Asymptote's future and becomes trapped in a dreary present without ambition or romance.

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Grasping For The Wind

Count to a Trillion is one of those novels I shouldn’t like, but did.

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