Count to A Trillion

Count to A Trillion

eBook - 2012
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Hundreds of years in the future, after the collapse of the Western world, young Menelaus Illation Montrose grows up in what was once Texas as a gunslinging duelist for hire. But Montrose is also a mathematical genius'and a romantic who dreams of a future in which humanity rises from the ashes to take its place among the stars. The chance to help usher in that future comes when Montrose is recruited for a manned interstellar mission to investigate an artifact of alien origin. Known as the Monument, the artifact is inscribed with data so complex, only a posthuman mind can decipher it. So Montrose does the unthinkable: he injects himself with a dangerous biochemical drug designed to boost his already formidable intellect to superhuman intelligence. It drives him mad. Nearly two centuries later, his sanity restored, Montrose is awakened from cryo-suspension with no memory of his posthuman actions, to find Earth transformed in strange and disturbing ways, and learns that the Monument still carries a secret he must decode'one that will define humanity's true future in the universe. At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.
Publisher: New York :, Tor Books,, 2012.
ISBN: 9781429986373
1429986379
0765367459
9780765367457
Characteristics: 1 online resource (450 pages)
Summary: Hundreds of years in the future, after the collapse of the Western world, young Menelaus Illation Montrose grows up in what was once Texas as a gunslinging duelist for hire. But Montrose is also a mathematical genius'and a romantic who dreams of a future in which humanity rises from the ashes to take its place among the stars. The chance to help usher in that future comes when Montrose is recruited for a manned interstellar mission to investigate an artifact of alien origin. Known as the Monument, the artifact is inscribed with data so complex, only a posthuman mind can decipher it. So Montrose does the unthinkable: he injects himself with a dangerous biochemical drug designed to boost his already formidable intellect to superhuman intelligence. It drives him mad. Nearly two centuries later, his sanity restored, Montrose is awakened from cryo-suspension with no memory of his posthuman actions, to find Earth transformed in strange and disturbing ways, and learns that the Monument still carries a secret he must decode'one that will define humanity's true future in the universe. At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

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Apr 16, 2012

I really really wanted to like this one but it just didn't grab me. I read a lot of science fiction but recently not much 'hard science fiction' so maybe I found it hard to get back into this sub-genre when its been at least 10 years since I've read similar books like say Ringworld. The actually premise, world building, setting and all that was pretty cool and the main character was neat too. But the plot moved too slow, was very philosophical, mathematical in places and that sort of thing. It was well written but just didn't grab me.

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