Philosopher, entrepreneur, and former National Geographic and New York Times correspondent Zoltan Istvan presents his bestselling visionary novel, The Transhumanist Wager, as a seminal statement of our times.
Scorned by over 500 publishers and literary agents around the world, his indie philosophical thriller has been called “revolutionary” and “socially dangerous” by readers, scholars, and religious authorities. 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 seasteading project, Transhumania. When the world declares war against the floating city, demanding an end to its renegade and godless transhuman experiments and ambitions, Knights strikes back, leaving the planet forever changed.
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Zoltan, how did you come up with the title for your book? Does it have any special meaning?
The title The Transhumanist Wager describes the challenge that each one of us faces regarding life and death.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Jethro Knights–for his unyielding character and ambition, even in the face of tragedy.
Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?
My main goal was to inspire readers with a powerful artistic statement that would challenge their ideas of life and death. The rapid advancement of life extension science and technology will drastically change everything in our society far sooner than most people realize.
What would/could a reader or reviewer say about this book that shows they “get” you as an author?
If a reader is affected by my novel, they will try to discover more about the amazing field of life extension science that is currently exploding everywhere in the world.
Give us an excerpted quote from your favorite review of this book:
“Istvan’s novel has the potential to become a cult book. I hope it will be widely read and discussed.” -Ray Kurzweil’s Accelerating Intelligence
Where can people learn more about your writing?