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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Fascinating but somewhat tedious

    An interesting speculative fiction tale of a far future where men, in a virtual world, are immortal and possess a godlike ability to alter their subjective environment. They can slow the entropy of the sun and colonize and harness the natural resources of the planets. The main character discovers that he agreed to wipe out his memory to forget something he did that was considered a great threat to mankind, and unveiling the truth may result in his banishment form civilization. The story is fascinating in portraying the magical world of future, however, half way through the long tale, these description start to get a bit tedious. Too much speculation and too little story. My fascination woth the speculation will keep me reading to the end, but it's become more of a chore than a pleasure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2004

    Golden....

    This is probably the best SF novel of the 21st Century, and it's appropriate that it has elements of so many of the great themes of SF - space opera, virtual reality, future history, etc. Often if you say that a novel is reminiscent of other writers' works, it implies that while good, it is somehow less than theirs are. This is categorically not true here - with suggestions of Jack Vance, Iain M. Banks and Neal Stephenson, and of equivalent genius to their works, this novel should not be missed. BTW I'd recommend buying the paperback to read, and the hardback to collect - look at the prices of Iain Banks First Editions...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2003

    Amazing Discovery

    Upon picking up John C. Wright's amazing first novel at a local grocery store I have renewed my faith in imaginative science fiction. Set 10,000 years into the future, this book takes the internet and virtual reality to the next level and beyond. The amazing multi-dimensional world's created in our future solar system are extrapolated into a complex utopian society held together by conformity and power struggles. What holds this far reaching story together is that there is a central mystery. Otherwise, I may have gotten lost in the sheer genius and complexity of the creative imagination of the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2002

    Trouble in Paradise

    This is a truly visionary and grand epic, on a heroic scale. It dares to ask grand questions, what does it mean to be human, what qualities make a paradise, what is the point of existence, what is reality? The protagonist Phaethon must decide between a life of ease in a far future paradise, or a life of struggle and sacrifice to achieve his dreams. What makes the novel utterly absorbing is how it completely immerses the reader in this far future universe where even a person's own mind is not to be trusted. The only weakness is that I think it slightly implausible that Phaethon is the only man on Earth with this dream, although hints are dropped that the machine intelligences called Sophotechs also share it. I highly anticipate the sequel, Phoenix Exultant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2002

    Tremendous futuristic tale

    Ten millenniums into the future, the solar system is a human utopia as mankind has achieved God-like status with near immortality. However, at the millennial High Transcendence gala, Phaethon Prime of Rhadamanth meets a Neptunian who insists they are old friends, but Phaethon fails to recognize the individual. Though the latter is part of a nonstandard neuroform renowned as pranksters, Phaethon believes the Neptunian and wonders why he recalls nothing about what has happened to him over the past five centuries. <P>Phaethon begins investigating his memory loss. He learns that he volunteered to temporarily surrender his memories to a government storage facility in an attempt not to use them for three months in order to inherit the estate of his deceased father. If he breaks the agreement, Phaeton faces exile and a loss of immortality. However, he worries that his lack of recollection could prove threatening to the lifestyle of the Golden Oecumene that comprises every sentient being in the solar system. In spite of the moral dilemma Phaethon feels in exile and begins his quest to find his stored memories. <P>THE GOLDEN AGE is a great futuristic science fiction that genre fans will absolutely love. The story line is fabulous as the heroic Phaeton struggles between his own needs and that of the greater good while he does not grasp either. The only weakness in Mr. Wright¿s strong debut is that the audience needs to wait for the release of the second book to learn what happens to Phaethon. This left this reviewer crashing from a reading high. To avoid major disappointment I suggest waiting for the concluding novel in order to read both together. <P>Harriet Klausner

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