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Transcendental

(2013)
(The first book in the Transcendental Machine series)
A novel by

 
 
Transcendental, an epic, high-concept space opera, is a Canterbury Tales of the far future in which beings from many planets hurtle across the universe to uncover the secrets of the legend of Transcendentalism. Riley, a veteran of interstellar war,  however, 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. As the ship speeds through space, the voyage is marred by violence and betrayal, making it clear that Riley is not the only one of the ship's passengers who is not the spiritual seeker they all claim to be.

As tensions rise, Riley realizes that the ship's journey is less like the Canterbury Tales and more like a harrowing, deadly voyage on a ship of fools. Looking for allies, he becomes friendly with a mysterious passenger named Asha, who, like so many others on the ship, is more than she appears. But while she professes to be just another pilgrim, he comes to realize that like him, she is keeping secrets could be the key to Riley's assignment, or might make him question everything he thought he knew about Transcendentalism and his mission to stop it.

This long-awaited novel is a grand space adventure of exploration, intrigue, redemption, and the universal spirit that unites all beings.  This is a real departure for Gunn, a novel of grand scope and high concept, a capstone to the career of this Grand Master of science fiction.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"His best yet." - Frederik Pohl


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Used availability for James E Gunn's Transcendental

Hardback Editions

August 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Transcendental (The Transcendental Machine)
Author(s): James Gunn
ISBN: 0-7653-3501-8 / 978-0-7653-3501-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

September 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Transcendental (The Transcendental Machine)
Author(s): James Gunn
ISBN: 0-7653-3503-4 / 978-0-7653-3503-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

October 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Transcendental
Author(s): James Gunn
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


October 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Transcendental
Author(s): James Gunn
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA