Tor, Dec 2002, 27.95, 348 pp.
In the thirty-fifth century, scientists including historian Mortimer Gray awaken a twenty-second century human Madoc Tamlin from suspended animation. To his shock, Madoc learns that his revival was a prototype before the real effort of bringing back mankind's most important historical figure, Adam Zimmerman.
When global capitalism collapsed as predicted by the Marxists only too late for the Communists early in the twenty-first century, Adam took over the planet and actually averted an environmental disaster way beyond biblical proportions. He saved the world with his actions leading to the development of the emortal post-human culture based on technology. Madoc realizes that emortality does not mean perfect cohesiveness and harmony as factions argue over elements and definitions of emortality.
The six novels that make up Brian Stableford's futuristic history of humanity are incredible accomplishments that display what science fiction can achieve. The latest tale, THE OMEGA EXPEDITION, ties up loose ends while providing a deep thought-provoking cerebral tale? None of the sextet is a one-day read as the complexities seem inhuman for any person to have written, but worth the time for those fans who take delight in a brainiac novel and series
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner