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The Golden Transcendence by John C. Wright
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The Golden Transcendence (2003) by John C. Wright.

"This changes EVERYTHING... or does it?"

"Things are not as they seem." With that assertion seemingly in mind, John C. Wright plunges the reader into the final volume of his "Golden Age" trilogy. His flowery but captivating prose is back once again, which to editor David G. Hartwell's credit is fairly easy to lose spelling errors in. Half a dozen misspellings per book seem to be typical for this series, e.g., "Helion" is misspelled as "Heloin." But Wright's three-dimensional characters and the story's pacing kept me turning pages to the very end.

While cyberpunk novels were all the rage in 1990, they simply left me feeling... creepy. In direct contrast, Wright manages to keep the reader wondering what *else* his characters will have to go through, but ties up the loose ends and brings the "Golden Age" trilogy to an inspiring denouement on a note of hope -- which is a rare commodity in science fiction of late.

Despite a slight lag in Volume 2, "The Golden Age" trilogy is worth the investment to get to "The End"... which in itself proves to be "Just the Beginning" for its characters. A satisfying read, in the end.

(12 Dec 2005)
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