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FICTION NOVEL THAT WAS A TOP 5 AMAZON BOOK—AND NOW IS
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THE TRANSHUMANIST WAGER
|Leading futurist, philosopher, and former National
Geographic journalist Zoltan Istvan presents his award-
winning, bestselling visionary novel,
The Transhumanist Wager, as a seminal statement of
His philosophical thriller has been called "revolutionary,"
"life-changing," and "a masterpiece" by readers,
scholars, and critics. 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 seastead, Transhumania. When the world
declares war against the floating libertarian city,
demanding an end to its renegade and godless
transhuman experiments and ambitions, Knights strikes
back, leaving the planet forever changed.
"Man vs. machine, cryonics, mind uploading...a science fiction book that's Amazon's #1 book under the category Philosophy is The
Transhumanist Wager. Istvan says religious people are challenged by transhumanists." -Fox News Channel
"An unwieldy novel of ideas about a freelance philosopher named Jethro Knights who sails around the world to promote the need for life-
extension research and winds up establishing a floating libertarian city-state called Transhumania–-a rugualation-free utopia of tech
billionaires and rationalists–-from which he wages an atheist holy war on a theocratic United States." -The New York Times
"The biggest novel on the transhumanist scene is Istvan's. 'The Transhumanist Wager' reads like Dan Brown's undergradudate thesis -- a
rollicking plot setting out futurist thought, manifesto style. It appealed to both to those left-leaning millennial futurists, and to their libertarian
counterparts who thought Istvan was the new Ayn Rand." -The Spectator
"An Ayn Rand-esque Manifesto." -The New Yorker
"This book is an edgy riveting masterpiece that will long linger with anyone who reads it." -Serious Wonder
"Protagonist Jethro Knights may become one of the grand characters of modern fiction." -Psychology Today
"The Transhumanist Wager tells the story of Jethro Knights, a philosopher who rails against democratic politics and becomes a
revolutionary that seizes control of the world in order to enforce a global authoritarian transhuman regime." -BBC
"Istvan, a prominent transhumanist writer...enlightens me. In The Transhumanist Wager, transhumanists manage to launch the third world
war." -The Telegraph
"Many say The Transhumanist Wager is the new Atlas Shrugged." -Marin Magazine
"It's a page turner. Istvan knows how to tell a compelling story." -io9 / Gizmodo
"I enjoyed The Transhumanist Wager...an adventurous suspense-filled semi-sci-fi about sailing, love, and life extension."
-The Huffington Post
"A marvelous work of science fiction." -IEET
"About a man's quest to live forever using science, medicine, and technology." -Popular Science
Thrilling...an important literary work that everyone should read." -Guardian Liberty Voice
"Bestselling The Transhumanist Wager & famous transhumanist Zoltan Istvan...a new philosophy, a new psychology, a new metaphysics...
the concept of people taking a Transhumanist Wager is making a strong impact." -RT Television
"Transhumanism is snowballing into an international movement. The current wave of debate surrounding the concept began with The
Transhumanist Wager." -Breitbart
"It's set in a dystopian near-future America in which transhumanists are on the verge of huge technological breakthroughs but are under
attack from conservative politicians and radical Christian fundamentalist terrorists." -Vox
"A gripping story...it's my new favorite novel." -Brighter Brains
"Istvan demonstrates great adeptness at crafting complex characters." -San Francisco Book Review
"The story is brilliant. It will challenge your thinking." -33voices
"This book is a brilliant, provocative masterpiece." -Immortal Life
"Fascinating. It's making waves." -Good Day Sacramento, CBS TV
"A controversial thriller. As a leading transhumanist, Zoltan presents his reasons for being in favor of humanity merging with machine."
-Red Ice Creations
"Istvan's novel has the potential to become a cult book. I hope it will be widely read and discussed." -Kurzweil AI
"A philosophical manifesto...the world becomes ruled by scientists." -Vice (Italy)
"Strongly libertarian...a radical version of transhumanism." -Patheos
"The action sequences in the book are top notch." -New York Journal of Books
"Controversial...a philosopher brings transhumanism to the world." -Wired (Germany)
"The Transhumanist Wager promises to become a cult classic among futurists." -SASM Institute
The Transhumanist Wager presents an original, comprehensive, and rational new philosophy called TEF, or Teleological Egocentric
TEF is predicated on logic, a simple wager that every human faces:
If a reasoning human being loves and values life, they will want to live as long as possible—the desire to be immortal. Nevertheless, it's
impossible to know if they're going to be immortal once they die. To do nothing doesn't help the odds of attaining immortality—since it seems
evident that everyone will die someday and possibly cease to exist. To try to do something scientifically constructive towards ensuring
immortality beforehand is the most logical conclusion.
While most people around the world may believe that human immortality is still centuries off or impossible to accomplish without divine
intervention, researchers in the life extension and human enhancement fields know we are only decades away from scientifically achieving
individual ongoing sentience.
Irrespective of nationality, culture, heritage, religion, and all social interaction, TEF insists that the most important and urgent goal for any
human being is to secure immortality—even if the attainment of that goal means the fundamental transformation of the individual into
something nonhuman. TEF also insists that the most important and urgent goal for society is to work towards ending death for the individual.
Such unprecedented change for human beings and civilization would inevitably mean a paradigm shift for our species. Because a vast
majority of people around the world are guided by archaic religions, unrefined cultures, and irrational reasoning, most humans and their
governments will initially oppose such advancements. TEF sees any opposition that directly interferes with a transhumanist's attainment of
ongoing sentience as a violation of essential freedoms, as an unwarranted act of aggression, and as criminal manslaughter. TEF believes
transhumanists must protect their goals via any means necessary.
Beyond the imperative of attaining immortality, TEF has created the Three Laws of Transhumanism to help individuals efficiently navigate the
1) A transhumanist must safeguard one's own existence above all else.
2) A transhumanist must strive to achieve omnipotence as expediently as possible—so long as one's actions do not conflict with the First Law.
3) A transhumanist must safeguard value in the universe—so long as one's actions do not conflict with the First and Second Laws.
These laws provide clarity for long term transhuman ambitions and dominate TEF's ethical, metaphysical, and epistemological outlooks.
Through them, TEF establishes a broad, concrete framework for transhumanists to successfully evolve into the most advanced entities they
can become, which is their ultimate goal.
January 2, 2013 -- Earlier versions of The Transhumanist Wager go out--as well as the original website
-March 30, 2013 -- The Transhumanist Wager is published and available for purchase on Amazon
-May 15, 2013 -- Reviews by io9/Gizmodo, Singularity Weblog, Kurzweil AI, and other tech sites sends the novel to #1 bestseller
in Philosophy and #1 bestseller in Science Fiction Visionary on Amazon.
-December 23, 2013 -- Breitbart cites The Transhumanist Wager as responsible for starting an international debate about transhumanism
-May 19, 2014 -- The Transhumanist Wager receives "FINALIST" award in Fiction Visionary by National Indie Excellence Book Awards
-May 21, 2014 -- The Transhumanist Wager receives the "WINNER" award for Fiction Visionary by International Book Awards
-May 29, 2014 -- Zoltan Istvan begins speaking about The Transhumanist Wager at transhumanism and futurist events.
-June 22, 2014 -- Fox News Channel discusses The Transhumanist Wager in prime time, discussing its bestseller status in Philosophy
-October 13, 2014 -- Via a promotion, The Transhumanist Wager reaches #5 in all Amazon books. It was also #1 in all Science Fiction &
Fantasy. There were nearly 20,000 downloads in 24 hours of the book.
-Zoltan Istvan is on The Joe Rogan Experience to discuss transhumanism and The Transhumanist Wager
-March 21, 2015 -- Zoltan Istvan signs books at "Transhuman Strategies" conference in San Jose and other events
-December 3, 2015 -- The Verge includes the publishing of the novel as a historic point in transhumanism
-September 2, 2016 -- Walmart begins selling The Transhumanist Wager
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