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The Transhumanist Wager (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Zoltan Istvan
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Présentation de l'éditeur

#1 BESTSELLER SCIENCE FICTION VISIONARY
#1 BESTSELLER PHILOSOPHY

"WINNER" Fiction Visionary - International Book Awards

Zoltan Istvan is the founder of political organization the "Transhumanist Party" and is its 2016 US presidential candidate.

Leading futurist, philosopher, and former National Geographic journalist Zoltan Istvan presents his award-winning, bestselling visionary novel, The Transhumanist Wager, as a seminal statement of our times.

His philosophical thriller has been called "revolutionary," "life-changing," and "a masterpiece" by readers, scholars, and critics. The novel debuts a challenging original philosophy, which rebuffs modern civilization by inviting the end of the human species—and declaring the onset of something greater.

Set in the present day, the novel tells the story of transhumanist Jethro Knights and his unwavering quest for immortality via science and technology. Fighting against him are fanatical religious groups, economically depressed governments, and mystic Zoe Bach: a dazzling trauma surgeon and the love of his life, whose belief in spirituality and the afterlife is absolute. Exiled from America and reeling from personal tragedy, Knights forges a new nation of willing scientists on the world's largest seastead, Transhumania. When the world declares war against the floating libertarian city, demanding an end to its renegade and godless transhuman experiments and ambitions, Knights strikes back, leaving the planet forever changed.


Praise for Zoltan Istvan's writing and work:

"Congratulations on an excellent story—really well written, concise, and elegant." (Editor, National Geographic News Service)

"Istvan is among the correspondents I value most for his...courage." (Senior Editor, The New York Times Syndicate)

Biographie de l'auteur

At the age of 21, American-Hungarian Zoltan Istvan began a solo, multi-year sailing journey around the world. His main cargo was 500 handpicked books, mostly classics. He's explored over 100 countries—many as a journalist for the National Geographic Channel—writing, filming, and appearing in dozens of television stories, articles, and webcasts. His work has also been featured by The New York Times Syndicate, Outside, San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Radio, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, Animal Planet, and the Travel Channel. In addition to his award-winning coverage of the war in Kashmir, he gained worldwide attention for pioneering and popularizing the extreme sport of volcano boarding. Zoltan later became a director for the international conservation group WildAid, leading armed patrol units to stop the billion-dollar illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia. Back in America, he started various successful businesses, from real estate development to filmmaking to viticulture, joining them under ZI Ventures. He is a philosophy and religious studies graduate of Columbia University and resides in San Francisco with his daughter and physician wife. Zoltan recently published The Transhumanist Wager, a visionary novel describing apatheist Jethro Knights and his unwavering quest for immortality via science and technology.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 300 pages
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  • Editeur : Futurity Imagine Media LLC (2 janvier 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00AQQSY60
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Thought provoking, even if perhaps idealistic scenario given double edged view on some of the technological advances. Challenges the "cultural baggage" of humanity and challenges society faces and will increasingly face touching social, political, technological, biological, ethical, etc... aspects where science and technological advances challenge the societal balance, even via dictatorial approach to drag humanity toward transhumanist future.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Rapport qualité prix incomparable 30 juillet 2014
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Un must have dans sa bibliothèque avec un prix défiant toute concurrence. A posséder pour tous les amoureux de la littérature !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A thought provoking glimpse into future possibilities. 16 avril 2014
Par Luke M. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Zoltan Istvan has crafted a thrilling work of science- fiction that provides insights into what could become future science-fact. In reality, our species is at a turning point right now... marvelous new technologies brought on by scientific thought have the potential to provide for an unprecedented level of abundance and an incredible standard of living. The Transhumanist Wager examines this fork in the road we as a species currently find ourselves at by telling the story of protagonist Jethro Knights, a driven transhumanist philosopher intent on doing everything he can to gain power and live forever, becoming an "Omnipotender". The obstacles he faces in his struggle to forge a new world based on reason and science are the same struggles that hinder the movers and shakers in our reality; namely, archaic conservative institutions of government, religion, and culture, that hinder progress by instilling fear in the populace.

The story is packed with insight into the workings of corrupt institutions and the thoughts of the people that populate them. It also provides a vision of the antithesis of these corrupt institutions: Educated peoples working together towards a shared goal. The novel has a great deal of action, adventure, and intriguing philosophy to keep you turning the pages. I finished it in two nights of nonstop reading. It's inspired me to keep working to become a more valuable individual, and so I'd give it 5 stars, despite some minor differences in my personal philosophy and politics.

I would (and have) recommend it to friends, and am happy to have read the book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Radical, but you will love it 13 juin 2013
Par Dr. GA-2075 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is the best book I read in the last year.
I like that it is radical, that it is thought provoking.
Others commented that they didn't like to read about the death of a woman or the unborn baby,
but you know what. As terrible as they are, these will be imprinted into your mind for long.
That mental pictures are what makes a book memorable.

It was very brave of you to write this book about transhumanism in this style. Nobody before you dared it.
Please, Zoltan, write more books!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Incredible! The Transhumanist Wager is a must read! 13 mai 2013
Par Techno-Optimist - Publié sur Amazon.com
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From page one, Istvan sweeps us away into the land of the not so distant future, where transhumanism has found its place in common society, despite the strong oppression received by religious groups. The story follows Jethro Knights, a blatantly honest transhumanist, through a flowing, highly immersive narrative and we soon find ourselves unable to stop reading. At times, the dialogue will have us heartily agreeing, gripping the edge of our seats, or pausing for a contemplative stare off into distance. Yet, just pages later, it will put us into a place of introspective discomfort as it challenges and shakes the foundations of ideology with stark philosophy. From cover to cover, this book is an edgy, riveting masterpiece that will long linger with anyone who reads it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It stirs the pot 1 août 2013
Par Christine - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Zoltan, thank you for writing this book. I don't especially like your protagonist, nor his rigidly totalitarian views. I am a transhumanist, and I believe that the carrot is usually preferable to the stick. What I found most satisfying is that such a book offers us a starting point, where we can look at the issues that will need resolving if we are to build a better, more transhuman society. We are the architects of our future, and it is thrilling to have such a rare opportunity before us.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Transhumanist heaven 24 mai 2013
Par Jay - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This philosophical sci-fi novel follows Ray Kurzweil's views on Singularity and focuses on the morals of upcoming technologies changing what it means to be traditional humans.

The book follows a transhumanist, Jethro Knights, in his quest to attain his dream (a dream he believes every other human should strive to attain) that he clearly describes in his TEF Manifesto, a paper where he suggests the existence of a perfect world where everyone follows transhumanist goals (human enhancement to live as long as possible) and suggests very radical actions in changing the world.

As the book states, following transhumanist goals is not easy in our culture, as merging man and machine is viewed by millions as unethical. Therefore, Jethro fights harder than ever to follow his dream and create his perfect world, going against governments, religion, and basically the whole world.

Jethro is very, very extreme and goes against every moral that has sunk into us since our birth. Therefore, for the first half of the book I struggled to agree with anything he said, mainly because of the shock I had from his straight forward radical thinking. Throughout the book I got used to him and better understood him, so if you struggle at the start, do continue. It's worth it.

The book (almost) finishes with a long speech where Jethro explains why he wanted to change the world, basically because of brainwashing governments pushing us to mass consumerism and loosing our initiative to question our surroundings. Human kind has become stupid and lazy, and things must change.

For the past year I have been researching and discussing the exact same topics with other students of my uni, so it is not the first time I came across this type of thinking.

I believe in WHY Jethro does what he does, but I do not believe in WHAT he does. I have some morals (thoroughly thought over and not just by copying society I might add), and I cannot agree with what he does. I think my philosophy follows Zoe Bach's views (a character of the book), and I wonder what she would of thought of Jethro's actions.

That said, if you have never thought about the problems of religion, capitalism, democracy, society and the government, this will definitely be an eye opener for you. If you do like discussing these things, it is still a great book to read. You can probably see through this review how disturbing this book can be.

Futurists, sci fi freaks, philosophers, sociologists, this book is for you.
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