"Well worth reading"
For all practical purposes humanity is immortal, but with
the Millennium ending, the Transcendence begins. Anything
sentient in the solar system whether the creature is
biological, mechanical, technological, or hybrid briefly
merges into one super mind. These end days will judge the
merit of all species to determine who will survive the
Phaethon the Exile has regained control of the Phoenix
Exultant, but he has no time to rejoice, as the Lords of
the Silent Oecumene, beings of a dead star system, hunt
him for they need his ship. The invader's plan to destroy
any sentient being in the Inner System, but need to use
the superpower of the Phoenix Exultant to achieve this
objective. As Phaethon struggles to stop his deadly foe,
he wonders if he wastes his time as he has doubts about
his future. He ponders whether the Lords of the Silent
Oecumene, if inside the Transcendence range, will be
judged and why risk his life now when he may be condemned
by the final verdict?
The final tale in the Golden Age trilogy is a cerebral
story that leaves the audience pondering many, perhaps too
many, concepts. The author rightfully believes his fans
will intelligently consider philosophical issues such as
the meaning of life, when is war the right answer to a
conflict, what is truly humanity, and whether it is
religious or science in origin how will you and your
species stand up in a life or death judgment, etc. The
exciting action grips readers, but readers will think
about the messages that make this novel and series
transcend most science fiction books attaining the golden
status of powerhouse.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 23, 2003
Beginning with The Golden Age, continuing with The Phoenix
Exultant and now concluding in The Golden Transcendence,
The Golden Age is Grand Space Opera, an SF adventure saga
in the tradition of A. E. van Vogt and Roger Zelazny, with
perhaps a bit of Cordwainer Smith enriching the style. It
is an astounding story of super-science, a thrilling wonder
story that recaptures the excitements of SF's golden age
writers in the suspenseful and passionate tale of a lone
rebel unhappy in utopia.
The end of the Millennium is imminent, when all minds,
human, posthuman, cybernetic, sophotechnic, will be
temporarily merged into one solar-system-spanning supermind
called the Transcendence. This is not only the fulfillment
of a thousand years of dreams, it is a day of doom, when
the universal mind will pass judgment on all the races of
humanity and transhumanity.
The mighty ship Phoenix Exultant is at last in the hands of
her master; Phaethon the Exile is at her helm. But the
terrible truth has been revealed: he is being hunted by the
agents from a long-lost dead star, the eerie and deadly
Lords of the Silent Oecumene, whose super-technology plumbs
depths even the all-knowing Earthmind cannot fathom.
Humanity will be helpless during the Golden Transcendence.
Phaethon's enemies plan to use the opportunity to destroy
the population of the Inner System, man and machine alike.
To do this, they must take control of Phaethon's beloved
starship and turn her unparalleled power to warlike uses.
Phaethon's memories are incomplete - but he knows a spy for
the Silent Ones is already aboard. And when the all-
encompassing Mind of the Golden Transcendence wakes - who
will it condemn? Which future will it chose? Are Phaethon's
dreams of star-flight about to revolutionize the Golden Age
into an age even more glorious than gold, or will they
kindle the first open war fought across the immensity of