Count to a Trillion
John C. Wright burst upon the science fiction scene a decade ago with the "Golden Age" trilogy, an innovative space opera. He went on to write fantasy novels, including the popular "Orphans of Chaos" trilogy. Now he returns to space opera in "Count to a Trillion". After the collapse of the world economy, a young boy grows up in what used to be Texas as a tough duellist for hire, the future equivalent of a hired gun. But even after the collapse, there is space travel, and he leaves Earth to have adventures in the really wide open spaces. While humanity, and Artificial Intelligence grow and change, he is catapulted into the more distant future and becomes a kind of superman.
- Hardback | 352 pages
- 157.48 x 236.22 x 43.18mm | 317.51g
- 13 Jan 2012
- Tor Books
- New York, NY, United States
"It's a pity the word 'awesome' has been misused to the point of meaninglessness: it would once have been an ideal description of "Count To A Trillion." Instead, I'll say that the novel came perilously close to overloading my capacity for wonder, burning out all my 'gosh' circuits--and Ive been reading science fiction assiduously since 1954. Mr. Wright is a major figure in the recent renaissance of space opera, the kind of writer who is equally at home with hard science and poetry, the kind you read slowly and carefully, and very happily. Count to a trillion, as slow as you like: you'll be done long before you forget this story, or its Texan gunfighter hero, a child-abuse survivor yearning with all his heart for a cartoon future of hope called The Asymptote." --Spider Robinson, author of "Very Hard Choices""Spectacularly clever... in weaving together cutting edge speculation along the outer fringes of science. Highly impressive."--"Kirkus" "R.A.Lafferty meets A.E.VanVogt in a cakewalk through a future full of anti-matter, alien artifacts, transhumans, an Iron Ghost, a Texas gunfighter, and a Space Princess. Well worth the price of admission." --Michael Flynn"Wright is at his best.... Appealing to readers interested in glimpses of the unfathomable immensities of our universe." "--Publisher's Weekly" "An awe-inspiring book, brave and full of wonder. Count to a Trillion pokes grand fun of humanity and post-humanity alike."--Brenda Cooper, author of "Reading the Wind" "An elegant stylist and a true visionary, Wright will delight hard sf fans with his exuberance, while his characters and plot keep the action fast and furious." --"Library Journal""This is much more than a space opera, and fills your mind with intriguing, startling possibilities. John Wright's novel is bursting with ideas, blending mythology, machine and human evolution, mathematics, space travel, and much more. The hero, Montrose, is caught in the crosshairs of deadly, highly unusual foes--and his fate could very well determine the fate of everyone on Earth. Ultimately this is about human survival and potential, the future of mankind across a trillion star systems." --Brian Herbert""
About John C. Wright
JOHN C. WRIGHT lives in Centreville, Virginia.