The Hermetic Millennia by John C. Wright

Book Review : The Hermetic Millennia

By John C. Wright

  • Publication Date: 2012-12-24
  • Genre: High Tech

Book Review

Continuing from Count to a Trillion, Menelaus Illation Montrose—Texas gunslinger, idealist, and posthuman genius—has gone into cryo-suspension following the discovery that, in 8,000 years, a powerful alien intelligence will reach Earth to assess humanity's value as slaves. Montrose intends to be alive to meet that threat, but he is awakened repeatedly throughout the centuries to confront the woes of an ever-changing and violent world, witnessing millennia of change compressed into a few years of subjective time. The result is a breathtaking vision of future history like nothing before imagined: sweeping, tumultuous, and evermore alien, as Montrose's immortal enemies and former shipmates from the starship Hermetic harness the forces of evolution and social engineering to continuously reshape the Earth in their image, seeking to create a version of man the approaching slavers will find worthy.

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User Reviews

  • Future History ala Foundation

    By Danbgs
    This 2nd novel in the Hermetic trilogy, has echoes of Asimov's classic Foundation novels, with the alien Monument derived science of Cliometry playing the role of the psycho history in that earlier future history. The ability to foresee the future turns 8000 years of human history into a chess match between Menelaus Montrose the post human hero of Count to a Trillion and his arch rival "Blackie" Del Azarchel. Definitely need to read the first novel, or you won't have a clue what's going on here. If you liked CTAT, this is a must read. I was dismayed however when there was an abrupt ending with everything looking hopeless, like an old time serial. Eagerly looking forward to the final novel and hopefully a happy ending.
  • Don't expect much action...

    By jbrave
    This book, while well written is not as exciting a read as Count to a Trillion which was a great read. Halfway through I began to think I might as well just buy a world history text and try to read it like a novel. It took me several months to slog through, unlike CTAT which took me a couple of days. However, it is a well written book, just has almost no action sequences in it. Instead, it is a series of conversations and interviews with various characters defrosted from suspended animation in which they outline the history of their particular age. Still, ultimately, I enjoyed reading this novel, and am waiting with anticipation for the third installment of the series.