The Golden Age

The Golden Age

A Romance Of The Far Future

Book - 2002
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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.
Publisher: New York : TOR, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312848705
0312848706
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 336 pages ;,25 cm

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taylorwp
Feb 06, 2015

Pompous, pretentious technobabble fantasy, definitely not science fiction. It was all I could do to finish the first two chapters. This is shaping up like a number of similar books - by different authors - the first is the best but they get worse from there. That's the trend, and I'm not going to bother to find out if this series bucks the trend. I started reading it for entertainment and I just don't find it entertaining.

I also dislike it just because the story is split up among several books; the publisher's intent is to get you to pay much more than the $24.95 (printed on the inside cover of the hardback edition) to find out what happens.

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Martin_Fierro
Jun 18, 2014

This ended up being a pretty good book, though the beginning was pretty hard to get through. Be aware that this is the first book in a series and unfortunately this is the only one the Omaha Library has.

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