I’m currently at the the World Future Society meeting in San Francisco, and one of the highlights will be getting to ask science fiction author Ramez Naam some questions tomorrow afternoon. Â I just finished the last book in his trilogyÂ (Nexus, Crux, and Apex) on the plane on the way down. I was really just blown away, not just by Apex but by the whole series.
Ramez has taken one of the core questions that interests me – what might a transhumanist future look like – and he’s pushed the boundaries both on exactly how wrong and how right such a future could beÂ for the humans involved. Â Many transhumanist storiesÂ are songs of risk and warning, and this series does that, but it also flies high and clear.Â As I read, I glimpsed a fabulous future that I want to be part of, and a way to solve some of our myriad problems that’s deeper than technological Nirvana alone.
Most importantly to me, the series includes science, spirit, and politics. Â In SF, we usually only look at two of those. When we leave off the spiritual dimension, we sell ourselves short.
For the best reading experience, enjoyÂ all three together, back to back. Â Even though I mentioned that these books include spirit (in this case primarily via buddhist monks in Thailand), make no mistake; these books are thrillers. Â You might be up late turning pages.