In the thrilling and suspenseful new science fiction novella Transcendent by Jay Antani, an accident occurs in outer space when a long-haul spacecraft carrying supplies to a far-off human colony experiences a rupture. The first disastrous occurrence, which killed the four other crew members who were awake and outside of their sleep pods at the time, is described from the perspective of the ship’s medical officer, who was in the right location at the right moment to survive.
One of Transcendent’s most powerful elements is the examination of identity. Prashant, who is half Indian and half American, feels like he doesn’t quite fit anywhere. While touring India with his mother, he begins to look into his Indian lineage and struggles with what it means to be both Indian and American. Antani’s deft and provocative handling of this theme invites readers to consider what it means to be a part of a culture or community.
Troy Hartman, a doctor who finds himself in one of the most remote parts of the universe, is the main character of the novel. Troy must navigate the perilous space, fix the ship’s broken systems, and make contact with any prospective rescuers with the aid of OTTO, the ship’s sophisticated artificial intelligence. As he struggles with his own mortality and the overwhelming job of reawakening the slumber vessel, the odds are stacked against him.
Each of the characters in “Transcendent” is expertly constructed, with a depth and complexity that gives them a sense of being real people. Their challenges, victories, and internal conflicts have a powerful resonance that strikes to the very essence of human nature. I couldn’t help but become emotionally invested in their futures as I followed their intertwined paths, feeling their pleasures and sufferings as if they were my own.
Transcendent is a remarkable piece of cinematic art that challenges our understanding of reality and pushes the limits of storytelling. It is an intellectually stimulating experience that is visually spectacular and invites viewers to reflect on the nature of existence. While it might not appeal to everyone, Transcendent is a memorable excursion into the unknown for those who value thought-provoking stories and breathtaking imagery.
About The Book
Thirty trillion miles from Earth, plying the gulf between our solar system and the new human cities on the planet Prosperity, the colony ship Transcendent suffers a disaster that disables its engines and kills every member of its crew—all except one.
Panicked, medic Troy Hartman finds his approaching certain death vying with the sheer will to survive as he scrambles to revive the drifting ship. With the help of OTTO, the ship’s AI, Troy sets out to repair the damage, hotwire the engines, and establish communication with anyone out in the dark and forbidding void.
And as all hope seems to be fading, a mysterious lifeline appears—a signal from an unknown source, prompting Troy to redouble his last-ditch effort at making contact and changing course. Especially when he realizes that he may not be the last living human on board, after all.
"Transcendent" by author Jay Antani is an exciting and suspense-laden new science fiction novella about an accident occurring in deep space when a long-haul spacecraft bearing supplies to a distant human colony experiences a rupture. It is told from the viewpoint of the ship’s medical officer, who was in the right place at the right time to survive the initial catastrophic event that killed the four other crew members who were awake and outside of their sleep pods at the time.
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