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Transcendent | Baxter, Stephen | Signed First Edition Book

TRANSCENDENT by Stephen Baxter

First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket in archival acetate cover, signed by the author. 2005 NY: Random House ISBN 9780345457912
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In the third and concluding installment of his Destiny's Children trilogy (Coalescent and Exultant) -- a millennia-spanning epic that explores three possible evolutionary paths for humankind -- Stephen Baxter goes half a million years into a future where godlike post-humans still struggle with very human failings…

The aptly titled Transcendent is, in essence, a combination of two intertwining plot threads: One follows a mid-21st-century engineer named Michael Poole as he deals with the destabilization of the Earth's biosphere due to global warming; the other chronicles the life of Alia, a girl living hundreds of thousands of years in the future who has been chosen to become a Transcendent, one of the host of virtually immortal post-humans who govern all of humankind. Poole struggles with personal problems (the near death of his son and increasing visions of his dead wife) while trying to save humankind from itself, while Alia is instructed to look back on her species' distant past and contemplate its innumerable blunders before she can be Redeemed. The human life she witnesses is that of Poole...

Baxter has always had a penchant for sweeping sagas with weighty philosophical themes and challenging subject matter (like the Manifold trilogy: Manifold Time, Manifold Space, and Manifold Origin), and his ambitious Destiny's Children trilogy is speculative science fiction at its very best. Fans who enjoyed classics like Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy and Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama and The Fountains of Paradise will devour all three of these provocative, consciousness-expanding novels.
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