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Humankind rushes toward self-destruction, and must evolve or die. Our perspective: a scientist exploring an alien artifact on Triton, a teen-aged hacker in a city gone mad, three actors manipulated into igniting interplanetary war, the de-facto ruler of half the solar system, a soldier fighting in Africa to entertain his audience, and an artificial intelligence facing pers ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 408 pages
Published November 5th 2010 by Hadley Rille Books
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Karin Gastreich
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Chris McKitterick's TRANSCENDENCE pushes the limits of imagination, taking the reader across the solar system while remaining firmly grounded in the human experience. The breadth of the story is impressive. We follow the interwoven lives of many characters, some on earth, others on far-flung planets, still others trapped in virtual worlds; all tied together by a singular moment in history when humanity will have the opportunity rise above the misery of a semi-artificial universe of its own makin ...more
Graham Crawford
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a strange little book. The prose is not quite up to it's ambitious reach, yet there were a number of really beautiful emotional moments that made me cry. There were also a number of cringe moments when it was just sentimental. It's certainly not hard SF - at times it falls into the mystical - although a character tell us we shouldn't be taking religion into this sacred space.

It might have been a bit too complicated for its own good - too many characters that didn't really add anything t
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Christopher McKitterick
Jul 16, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Just realized I never marked this as "read" - I must've read it half a dozen times during the final revision process, and once since!
Nicolas Frisby
Nov 29, 2010 marked it as to-read
I bought this after attending McKitterick's reading sometime in 2010 November. I'm really looking forward to it.
Liviu
Dec 14, 2011 marked it as tried-but-not-for-me
another very interesting sounding novel in which the prose simply didn't work for me after trying to find an entry point by browsing quite a few pages including the last 20 or so
LeslieFH
Jan 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
I stopped reading it after the first 50 or so pages, and a global war between two rival megacorps which have divided Earth between themselves. I tried to grit my teeth and accept a Solar System divided between giant rival megacorporations, but it turned out that the war is fought just like the 2nd World War, only with accelerator rifles instead of gunpowder ones. Meh.
Aaron Mullis
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This is one of those stories that you can’t stop thinking about Long after you have finished reading it. There is so much to digest, it makes you wonder how the author could get so much into one book.
Mairi Cameron
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Well, I finished it. Not the worst book I've ever read but I can't say I'll be recommending it to anyone else, hard to put a finger on why it didn't work to me, perhaps too many characters and none of them in enough detail.
Babe Johnson
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
I am an engineer and a scifi genre fan. This book just did not do it for me. I cannot put my finger on it exactly but I was bored and uninterested in the characters. The book started out with promise but about half way through, I gave up because I just did not care anymore.
LeslieFH
Dec 02, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I actually abandoned the book about a hundred pages from the start. It just wasn't good enough to warrant my sustained attention, I guess.
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Christopher McKitterick's short work has appeared in Analog, Artemis, Captain Proton, Extrapolation, Foundation, Mission: Tomorrow, Mythic Circle, Ruins: Extraterrestrial, Sentinels: In Honor of Arthur C. Clarke, Synergy SF, Tomorrow SF, Visual Journeys, Westward Weird, World Literature Today, and elsewhere. He teaches science fiction and writing at the University of Kansas, where he is Director o ...more
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