Trans-Human (Post-Human, #3)
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Trans-Human (Post-Human #3)

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In this sequel to "Post-Human, " humanity will be forced to face a future more advanced than it could have imagined if it wants to survive. Nineteen months have passed since the AI turned against humanity and was subsequently destroyed. In the meantime, James Keats has turned over the AI's powers to a non-intelligent, easily controlled operating system. He and Thel have le...more
Published April 20th 2011 (first published April 2011)
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Boy, this is tough.

There is so much potential here. The ideas are actually intriguing. But there are SO many problems with the execution.

First, like the first two books in the series, the author jumps from idea to idea with brain-wrenching suddenness and zero "stitching" between the concepts. Events don't lead to each other, there isn't a lead up, the author just introduces whatever whizzy-bang will completely resolve the current crisis. It is frustrating. As soon as some good tension builds up...more
Tony Bertauski
Wake up, Universe!

The sequel to Post Human does not disappoint! Following the characters into the age of nanotechnology, Simpson whips up a storyline with more turns than a Grand Prix qualifier that doesn't skimp on insight. The story is thrust into action with satisfactory zeal as the solar system is invaded... and the A.I. returns.

Or does he?

Simpson does a great job of setting the stage before tossing the characters into new light... antagonist-protagonist-antagonist... the plot shifts and mo...more
Post-Human was one of my favorite finds so I didn’t want to wait to read Trans-Human. Therefore, I purchased a Kindle version to read on my iPad. Trans-Human didn’t disappoint. I couldn’t put it down!

I don’t want to give away too much, so I am going to try to keep any spoilers to a minimum if I can, but I want to say that I think David Simpson is the best writer I’ve read at weaving a fast-paced story that won’t let you put it down. And by fast, I mean lightning. You find yourself unable to sto...more
An fast paced adventure with many twist and turns, memorable characters and a surprising ending. This author again demonstrates his writing abilities that left me pondering many theoretical and ethical questions. Instead of focusing on the story I will concentrate on the science that is the building blocks of the book.

As Trans-Human points out, Einstein propelled science probably a couple of hundred years forward for his theories has proven electromagnetic effects, gravity, wormholes and so much...more
Jonny Amalgamated
Holy fucking hell... How many times can a writer kill everyone and bring them back in 3 books? This book was grueling to get through, but having read the first two, I forced myself to do it - you, however, should NOT!

Gerold Whittaker
Continuing right on where Post-Human ended off. It has been 19 months of peace since the rogue AI was deleted. Unknown to James and the Council however, before the AI was deleted it sent a message to an alien ally - which was now on the horizon to answer the call to help. Unable to defend mankind against such a foe, the only solution is evacuation. But as mankind starts to evacuate, it becomes unclear who are enemies and who are friends....

Improbables: An advanced race coming to "rescue" humanit...more
Carl Bussema
The key to good science fiction is setting up a believable "world" (whether single planet, universe, multiverse, whatever), defining "how things work" in your world, and telling a good story that uses the elements of your world, subject to the constrains you have applied. When plausible, it is OK for new elements to be introduced, but some reasonable explanation needs to be offered. I find the elements introduced here to be sorely lacking in such explanation (and/or I did not find the explanatio...more

Trans-Human by David Simpson is an engaging sequel that will delight fans of his book Post-Human. It is a thought-provoking, energetic sci-fi book, with a robust dose of high-octane exploits.

This book carries the story forward after the occurrences in the first book, but it is not a standalone sequel; it does reference Post-Human and I think both novels should be read in sequence. In Trans-Human far-reaching consequences from the events in Post-Human have come calling, looking for the Artificial...more
Sophia Graham
Trans-Human is the best sci-fi novel I’ve read since its predecessor, Post-Human. Simpson excels like no one else in the writing business today at combining entertainment value with deep, philosophical substance. Not since the original Matrix film has their been a story this fun and, at the same time, this deep.

The original book, Post-Human, set up the concept of its protagonist, James Keats, as a futuristic Jesus character, battling the Artificial Intelligence that was repeatedly compared to Sa...more
Wow. I had no idea what to expect with this one. I thought Post-Human was pretty good, so I gave Trans-Human a try. Simpson seems to have gotten even better as a writer. This book is a lot darker than the first one, a lot faster-paced, and a lot more complex. The ending was stunning. I’m not sure what kind of research Simpson did or what his background is, but the concepts at the end were so high-level that I was starting to think he was a genius. Maybe it’s all bull -- the “informational theory...more
Reynolds S
This is a great conclusion to whole series by David Simpson. While the survivors of the tragedy in Post-Human think they have repaired the damage from the earlier tragedy, a new and more dangerous threat is coming towards Earth. James Keats and his friends must determine who is the enemy and how to defeat it. While doing so, he will grow in ways he never thought possible as will the human race. In the end, human intuition and emotion remain superior to any technology created by man. It shows tha...more
This one was just as bad as the last one. This is really disappointing since the first book was pretty good. The writing felt different than in book 2 and 3. In this book, nothing changed from the second book, the dialogue is still clunky and forced, the characters are extremely flat and boring. I just couldn't keep reading this book, I was bored by the story, not connected to the characters and I just would rather read something else. I will not be reading the fourth book and I am extremely gla...more
Laura of Lurking
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Firstly, I should state that despite my many problems with this novel I did get enjoyment out of it and plan to read the next one (partly because I felt this novel was merely a set up for the fourth instalment, and partly because I have the 4 book box set so I may as well make use of it). I think it is also worth noting that I do not think I am reading these in the order they were written, but in the order of the box set, so some of my misgivings may be...more
Still unbelievable technology.

James as a hero is still annoying.

Very short chapters as compared to the first book.

Fortunately this seems to be a short read.

I had to force myself to get through this book, and basically skimmed the last 5 pages or so, because I was happy to be done.
Leanne Sherburne
I was very disappointed after reading this book. The whole plot almost mimicked the plot of Post-Human and just used different settings. There was so much more the author had the opportunity to do with this trilogy, but instead went with virtually the same plot as the last book and a dumb ending. The ending was awful!
Cheryl Poole-Musgrove

Never a disappointment. This series pulls you in with a high tech vision and plot by the author I would love to see these books become movies. David Simpson is compassionate yet always edgy with his plot and characters live his books!!!

I love it and I hope me writing this review shows it! It's so thought out and I always had a idea like it but this is soooo much better! Love it!
The plot started out better then the last book, but yet again failed to develop. Eventually, it was too predictable and over-simplified.
A fast paced Scifi book. Reading a good one after years of staying away from this genre of books. This book doesn't disappoint at all.
A significant improvement over book two. Significant enough, in fact, and with sufficient impact over the events of said prequel, that it almost redeems the series's apparent great misstep. The people are people again, and in a book about humans, no matter how prefixed, that is essential. Still has plenty of writing issues and still suffers from the author's smarmy know-it-allness, but toys with some great concepts. The series is more and more reminiscent of Stapledon as it progresses, dwelling...more
This one made my head hurt! I'm not new to science fiction by a long-shot but the concepts presented in this book ran me a little ragged in the brain! I'm OK with humans flying around in green force field cocoons and even with them shooting bolts of energy from their hands but evolving beyond that is a little tough to take all at once. I also don't mind the direct interface with a highly intelligent A.I. but let's keep it at that, shall we?

Here you go building human bodies with our beloved nano...more
David Simpson's "Post/Trans Human" books are well worth the .99¢ - the stories move quickly and easy to read.

My only complaint is that Simpson presses the Giant Cosmic Reset Button repeatedly to get his protagonists out of trouble - a literary device that can become very annoying because it happens over and over and over - every instance that a problem becomes apparent, Simpson moves to create the crisis, then presses the GCRB and everything is back to normal - until the next crisis and so on.

Brian White
I am enjoying the Post-Human series by David Simpson and plan to finish the fourth novel. However, I will say that the story lost a lot of steam in this novel. It did continue to raise issues about the progression of humanity and the nature of the divine.
Still more majic and wonder as well as touching characters that have given this series staying power.
stop using the word "atavistic" so much. also, can't you just call him craig instead of old timer?
Direct sequel to Post-Human, picking up roughly a year and a half after the events of that previous novel.

The entire Human Race has been returned to life (don't ask - read the previous novel), but they are about to come under threat again, this time from extra-terrestrial rather than terrestrial enemies.

As before, however, things are not always what they seem ...

Once again, this was an OK read, but nothing spectacular.
Danie Cutter
Another good tale from DS. This wasn't quite as good as the first in that it was more convoluted at certain points with what felt to me as crucial twists that weren't given the full detail they deserved in deference to keeping up with the pace of the tale.

This follows on nicely from the first book and delivers much of the action and near-futuristic scifi that appealed from the first, again in an accessible format that doesn't require the geekiness obsession with technology that so much in a simi...more
I liked this one but I'm still disappointed about the villains. At least we got some sort of human villains, if you could call them that. I'm somewhat bothered by the idea we can just transfer our consciousness from biological to electronic host without any lose? The theory is based on raw computing power, but I think there is something more to it than that. If you can suspend your disbelief on that detail then I think you'll like the series. If you can't, then maybe you can't pass the Turing te...more
The story evolved decently from the first book. I had a few questions that weren't resolved (Why didn't JAMES try to communicate first instead of jumping to conclusions? And what happened to everyone else's relationships?) Interesting points were brought up - what would marriage and relationships look like in a society where "God" doesn't exist, and people basically live forever? So, intriguing to me. Another quick read, and I'll watch for future books from David Simpson.
One of my favorite authors. Great story and interesting twists. Enjoyable and highly recommended read.
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