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The Resource Transcendental, James Gunn

Transcendental, James Gunn

Label
Transcendental
Title
Transcendental
Statement of responsibility
James Gunn
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Riley, a veteran of interstellar war, is one of many beings from many different worlds aboard a ship on a pilgrimage that spans the galaxy. However, he is not journeying to achieve transcendence, a vague mystical concept that has drawn everyone else on the ship to this journey into the unknown at the far edge of the galaxy. His mission is to find and kill the prophet who is reputed to help others transcend. While their ship speeds through space, the voyage is marred by violence and betrayal, making it clear that some of the ships passengers are not the spiritual seekers they claim to be. Like the pilgrims in Chaucers Canterbury Tales, a number of those on the starship share their unique stories
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Summary
As it travels to its destination at the end of the galaxy, where a Prophet offers guidance in achieving Transcendence, dilapidated spaceship Geoffrey plays host to a motley crew of pilgrims who pass the time by telling their stories. In addition to Aldebaran "flower child" 4107 (a sentient plant), heavy-world tripod Tordor, "weasel-faced" alien Xi, and captive-born human Asha, there's also mercenary Riley, a war veteran hired by anonymous but powerful employers to identify the Prophet and kill him. Fans of Dan Simmons' Hyperion, which also draws inspiration from The Canterbury Tales to present multiple narratives from diverse perspectives, should enjoy this richly detailed, thought-provoking novel. - Description by Gillian Speace
Theme
Storyline
Tone
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10221741
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1923-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gunn, James E.
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Transcendental novels
Series volume
0001
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  • Artificial intelligence
  • Assassins
  • Interplanetary voyages
  • Life on other planets
  • Veterans
  • Pilgrims and pilgrimages
Target audience
adult
Label
Transcendental, James Gunn
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Several chapters of this book were previously published, in somewhat different form, in "Gateways", 2010
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First trade paperback edition.
Extent
302 pages
Isbn
9780765335036
Lccn
2013023856
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Transcendental, James Gunn
Publication
Copyright
Note
Several chapters of this book were previously published, in somewhat different form, in "Gateways", 2010
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First trade paperback edition.
Extent
302 pages
Isbn
9780765335036
Lccn
2013023856
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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