By John C. Wright
Thousands of years sooner or later, after the cave in of the Western international, younger Menelaus Illation Montrose grows up in what used to be Texas as a gunslinging duelist for rent. yet Montrose can also be a mathematical genius—and a romantic who desires of a destiny during which humanity rises from the ashes to take its position one of the stars.
The likelihood to assist herald that destiny comes while Montrose is recruited for a manned interstellar project to enquire an artifact of alien starting place. often called the Monument, the artifact is inscribed with info so advanced, just a posthuman brain can decipher it. So Montrose does the unthinkable: he injects himself with a perilous biochemical drug designed to spice up his already bold mind to superhuman intelligence. It drives him mad.
Nearly centuries later, his sanity restored, Montrose is woke up from cryo-suspension with out reminiscence of his posthuman activities, to discover Earth reworked in unusual and stressful methods, and learns that the Monument nonetheless consists of a mystery he needs to decode—one that would outline humanity’s real destiny within the universe.
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