Book: A Step Beyond (The Horsemen Trilogy Book 2) by John Molikcategories: Book, Conspiracy, Exopolitics, Transhumanism, Genetic Engineering, Superhuman, Science Fiction Thriller
John Molikabout this book: A Step Beyond is the second book in the Horsemen trilogy. Readers will find that this book stands alone and can be thoroughly enjoyed without having read the first.
Fans of such series as The X-Files, Black Mirror, Dark Angel, and Humans will find this novel well to their liking.
The protagonist, Dr. Brigitte Sheen, together with her colleague develop a system to extend human lifespans. This highly-sought after technology is pursued with a vengeance in a heated proxy battle between a global, highly diversified Chinese conglomerate and those in the West simply known as the Horsemen, a dark shadow government cabal that desperately needs the technology to complete a program started decades ago that involves taking mankind off-planet and into its inevitable transhuman future. Pursued by a crazed super soldier with enhanced physical abilities, Dr. Sheen, with help from her husband, Jeremy Hughes, Nikita Patel, Kyle Pickens and others, must overcome dark intentions of unseen powers... But are those intentions really that evil? Can she trust the Chinese capitalists? What exactly are their motives?
I loved writing this book. I chose Shenzhen, China as the backdrop for the Chinese conglomerate as it has all the elements of the third way, a synthesis between the economic systems of East and West. Most of the Northern California areas have strong connections for me, and the stories are a part of my experience, so creating the scenes and writing about them through my characters was a total joy.
A Step Beyond explores many of the same themes as my first book, The Fiduciary Delusion, such as balancing the needs of the individual versus society, and the dualistic nature of strength, power, technology, and the human mind. As we all march forward into what seems to be an inevitable transhuman future, will we be able to maintain our humanity? Or will artificial intelligence and genetic engineering simply hand us the noose to hang ourselves? Will all of us have access to technologies that improve our lives? Or only a select few? Will we live longer, more productive lives and reach for the stars? Or will the technologically superior transhuman be a morally depraved subhuman and face total extinction?
A timeless human is a transhuman, and it's only a step beyond.
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