Daruma sees.


Click the cover image to open a full-size image of the complete hardcover dustjacket. Art by Greg Martin.

Science fiction is an ongoing conversation between readers, writers, editors, scholars - everyone in SF is, in effect, a collaborator in making SF what it is by responding to what came before and where we think it is headed. Transcendence is a response to and was inspired by such novels as John Brunner's Stand on Zanzibar, Algis Budrys' Rogue Moon, James Gunn's The Dreamers, Joe Haldeman's The Forever War, Frederik Pohl's Gateway, Theodore Sturgeon's More Than Human, as well as tons of short fiction, especially from Gunn's seminal Road to Science Fiction series - basically, this book arose as a response to everything I was reading at the time and had read before.

Some character storylines in the book respond more directly to Golden Age SF, others to New Wave or cyberpunk or the adventure pulps... it spans a broad spectrum of human experience, so I felt it ought to similarly embrace various SFnal modes, too. I hope you enjoy it and feel it reflects at least a little of your own feel for what the genre is, as well. And I'd love to hear what you think - it's a conversation, after all!

Now available at fine bookstores and online dealers:
[Amazon | Kindle | Powell's | Barnes & Noble | Nook].

Want to order the novel directly from the publisher? Go to the Hadley Rille Books website.

Or order directly from the author to get it signed and personalized if you wish! Trade paper: $17, hardcover: $30 (almost gone!). Shipping is included in the continental US; for overseas shipping, contact me first (cmckit@gmail.com) and I'll send you a quote. I'm happy to take either PayPal (let me know if it's a donation or a book order) or a personal check (drop me an email for my address).

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Click here to read this entire novel in HTML format (best for IE).
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Click here to read this entire novel in an HTML format that remembers your place in the book (not for IE).
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More formats should be live eventually.

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Transcendence by Christopher McKitterick is licensed under a
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