In a novel that challenges our expectations at every turn, acclaimed author Wil McCarthy sweeps us into the future as only he can imagine it. Here is a thrilling odyssey of discovery and adventure aboard a ship of exiled rebels coming of age in an eternity that may be a lot shorter than anyone ever guessed.Brash and idealistic, they were rebels without a cause in a world governed by science, reason...and immortality. Banished for their troubles to the starship Newhope, they now face a bold future: to settle the worlds of Barnard's Star. Now King Bascal Edward de Towaji Lutui, former prince of the Queendom of Sol, together with Captain Xiomara Xmary Li Weng and her lover, first mate Conrad Mursk, face a perilous voyage with thousands of their fellow exiles. The journey will last a century, but with Queendom technology it's no problem to step into a fax machine and print a fresh, youthful version of yourself. But what this crew of rebels will find is far from the paradise they seek. Before long, their optimistic young colony has started to show signs of strain. And worst of all, death itself has returned with a vengeance.
About the Author
Wil McCarthy, after ten years of rocket science with Lockheed Martin, traded the hectic limelight of the space program for the peace and quiet (ha!) of commercial robotics at Omnitech, where he works as a research and development hack.<br/><br/>He writes a monthly column for the SciFi Channel's news magazine (www.scifi.com/sfw), and his less truthful writings have appeared in <i>Aboriginal SF, Analog, Interzone, Asimov's Science Fiction, Science Fiction Age</i>, and various anthologies. His novel, <i>Bloom</i>, was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Further biographical and bibliographic information at: www.sff.net/people/wmccarth<br><br><br><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>
Praise for The Wellstone:
"An ideal blend of wit and superscience, set in a brilliant future age when wealth and immortality just aren't enough. McCarthy gives an adventurous new spin to the ongoing rebellion of the young."
-- David Brin
"A standout job...full of action, humor, top-notch speculation and intriguing characters...Such ambition and creative playfulness should serve this book well when award lists are made up."
-- Paul di Filippo, scifi.com
"If Robert Heinlein had written Lord of the Flies, he probably would have come up with something like The Wellstone."
-- Rocky Mountain News
"Wil McCarthy considers post-scarcity economics, leadership politics and immortality--all in an adventure that would have made Robert A. Heinlein proud."