The Vindication of Man

The Vindication of Man Innumerable ages have passed since Menelaus Montrose last beheld his loved Rania who departed the Milky Way long ago to plead for humanity before the authority whose inhuman laws govern the Orion Arm

  • Title: The Vindication of Man
  • Author: John C. Wright
  • ISBN: 9780765381590
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Innumerable ages have passed since Menelaus Montrose last beheld his loved Rania, who departed the Milky Way long ago to plead for humanity before the authority whose inhuman laws govern the Orion Arm Man has altered himself by forced evolution and created godlike machines, larger than worlds, which now determine human destiny But a new star burns in the skies of Earth Innumerable ages have passed since Menelaus Montrose last beheld his loved Rania, who departed the Milky Way long ago to plead for humanity before the authority whose inhuman laws govern the Orion Arm Man has altered himself by forced evolution and created godlike machines, larger than worlds, which now determine human destiny But a new star burns in the skies of Earth it is the celestial vessel of Rania, returning, Montrose hopes, with the cliometric equations promising equality, peace and liberation.In the barren wastes of Torment, the world that is home to the last and most distant human colony, Montrose and his equally immortal rival, Del Azarchel, meet again, this time in a common cause to discover the fate of Rania, of humanity, and of the galaxy itself.The alien monstrosities of Ain at long last are revealed, their hidden past laid bare, along with the reason for their brutal treatment of humanity and all the species seeded throughout the Orion Arm And they have still one secret that could upend everything Montrose has fought for and lived so long to achieve.

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    1. I really enjoyed this second-last book in the COUNT TO THE ESCHATON series. One of the flaws inherent in the premise of the series, which has covered about 80,000 years into a far future ruled by galaxy-spanning superintelligences, is that most of the series has followed our hero Menelaus Montrose thawing himself from suspended animation and trying to figure out what happened to the cosmos while he was asleep. If you've seen MEMENTO, it's the same kind of jarring scene progression (wait, where a [...]

    2. Overall, a solid contribution to the series. I think Wright puts in too much plot sometimes. With his dense prose (which, however, helps create the complex future he imagines) it can sometimes be a little difficult to follow the story. Having said that, this latest book has a showdown we've all been waiting for, but it doesn't make things any better for Montrose a symptom of good story-telling technique. And finally, he gives (as always) a captivating vision of the future, one which trumps both [...]

    3. The story just keeps going and going, becoming more and more epic in scope as it goes. Our main character and his eternal (literally) nemesis are now dealing with intelligences that span entire solar systems (as in, have collected every particle of matter in a solar system and atomically rebuilt every particle into materials that can be used in conductive neural networks inhabiting fully-built dyson spheres, and the like). Fascinating in scope. I can't say I'm getting the fun, tongue-in-cheek vi [...]

    4. John C. Wright possesses one of the most fertile imaginations in science fiction today. Seemingly effortless he conjures fantastical universes from thin air, providing luscious amounts of sense of wonder, imagery inspired by fairy tales as well as science, dozens of augmented human races, machine intelligences of unimaginable power and gigantic alien structures (dyson swarms and speres galore), give them some inner consistency and a basis in (albeit very speculative) science, add some metaphysic [...]

    5. And the Count to Infinity goes another twenty thousand years into the future, with intricate cultures being spun off without hardly trying Things we had thought before are abruptly upset, but our dauntless hero and anti-hero do not let this distract them from their enmity. I await the final volume with extreme impatience.

    6. More like 3.5 stars, I think. Whenever Montrose isn't onscreen I find it tough to get through until he returns.

    7. Still as dense (and confusing) as ever but this time much better plotting and a huge revelation. Some really memorable dialogue as well!

    8. This continues to be one of my favorite sci-fi​ series. It is a little more elaborate in some of the semi-pseudoscience this literary universe than most series I've read lately. The first half of the second act of this book is kinda slow; the author tends to write in a way that makes such major story transitions jarring. This makes the beginning of the first book a little difficult to get into, and the middle of the second book a bit frustrating to follow. Each book progresses the story, but t [...]

    9. And the adventure continues! Over the millennia. . . I wouldn't try to read this without the earlier ones. For one thing, it's, like many other series, more a novel in several volumes than a series of books. The three sections here cover very different events that move it forward.But it's hard to review also because it has a swerve after the first third that it's hard to talk about what happens after without spoilers.I shall merely say that it includes a son's discovering his father's death beca [...]

    10. This was a tough book to read and review. It started out optimistically and I honestly thought it was the final book of the series. It isn't, no other spoiler alerts. The middle of this book dragged and seemed pointless. The end picked up greatly and lived up to the incredible series thus far. I got a weird sensation with 40 pages to go.I hated the ending. But despite all, it gets 4 stars because the visualization is just the best, and I did laugh a little in the last section. Laughter was frequ [...]

    11. This has been an interesting series. The time and space this new installment spans is truly great. I look forward to the final book in the series.

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