The Post-Human Omnibus : Post-Human

  • by David Simpson
  • Narrated by Ray Chase
  • Series: Post-Human
  • 24 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

1. Sub-Human
Before he was Oldtimer, he was Craig Emilson, a young doctor sucked into military service at the outbreak of World War III. Enlisting to become a Special Forces suborbital paratrooper, Craig is selected to take part in the most important mission in American military history - a sortie into enemy territory to eliminate the world's first strong artificial intelligence. The mission is only the beginning of Craig's story and the story of humanity as well as they accelerate toward a world that is post-human.
If you're already a fan of the smash-hit Post-Human Series, this prequel to Post-Human, Sub-Human, will answer the previously unanswered questions of how the post-human world came to be. And if you're new to the series, Sub-Human will serve as an engrossing introduction to a possible future that has enraptured tens of thousands of listeners!
2. Post-Human
The future should have been perfect. Microscopic robots known as nans could repair any damage to your body, keep you young by resetting your cellular clocks, and allow you to download upgrades like intelligence, muscle strength, and eyesight. You were supposed to be able to have anything you wanted with a simple thought, to be able to fly without the aid of a machine, to be able to live forever. But when a small group of five terraformers working on Venus return to Earth, they discover that every other human in the solar system has been gruesomely murdered. Now James Keats and his four companions must discover what happened to the rest of humanity and fight back if they wish to avoid the same horrifying fate. Welcome to the post-human era....
3. Trans-Human
In this sequel to Post-Human, humanity will be forced to face a future more advanced than it could have imagined if it wants to survive. Nineteen months have passed since the AI turned against humanity and was subsequently destroyed. In the meantime James Keats has turned over the AI's powers to a nonintelligent, easily controlled operating system.
He and Thel have left the planet and spent six months vacationing on Venus, which has been newly terraformed without the consent or knowledge of the Governing Council. The AI has been deleted, but the message it sent out into the abyss of space in search of a companion has been answered. An alien force dwarfing the Earth is on its way to find out why the AI has stopped communicating. Keats and company can only assume its intentions will be hostile when it finds out the truth. Only one thing is for sure: Nothing will ever be the same again. Welcome to the Trans-Human era. Welcome to the singularity.
4. Human Plus
The Post-Human Trilogy is done, but the Post-Human series is just heating up! Human Plus is the fourth story in the smash hit science-fiction series. Not exactly a sequel, not exactly a prequel, Human Plus will defy expectations. No matter what you thought was coming next, you're in for a surprise!
Just one caution: When you're finished you're going to want to share the surprises with everyone online.... Please don't! Please respect future listeners, and let them enjoy the surprises just as much as you did!


What the Critics Say

"Wow! Reads like an action film is reeling off in your head!" (Joanna Daneman, #1 HALL OF FAME, TOP 10 AMAZON REVIEWER, [Review for Sub-Human])
"Fantastic series, download and start reading right now!" (Mark Draper, TOP 10 AMAZON REVIEWER)


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Man, I really wanted to like this book

I've been a lover of cyberpunk for a very long time. However, I've been out of the genre for a while. So when I did a few key word searches this title floated to the top of the list. So many stars. I didn't think I could go wrong. It was a quick buy. However...

The performance was terrible. It would have been better if he had read it in a monotone voice. I do like a dramatic reading, but every.. single... conversation... in... an... over... the... top... manner. After a while it made me think of how people used to lampoon William Shatner's captain Kirk from the 60s. Then there was the writing. So many MaGuffins.I couldn't even laugh after a while. I'm really sorry if I offend folks, but it was as if the author was wanting to throw in outlandish plot points just to make all the 11 year old reader's happy. I can get on board with believing we can send a human through to a parallel universe for the first time with no hitch. But does it have to be in a super remote place, within moments of a critical historical human event? And then does the human, a man of science, have chose to change the outcome of that event without a thought, while talking to everyone present like annoying children? What a waste of a good premise.
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- Carter M

Humanity on the brink of destruction...again.

With the Post-Human Omnibus clocking in at just under 25 hours for 4 books you know that each book isn't very long or deep so don't expect a ton of character development. However, David Simpson does cram a dizzying array of science fiction topics into a small space including nano-technology, human augmentation, virtual reality, sentient artificial intelligence, assimilation, terraforming, and alternate universes, just to name a few. The story itself is a wild ride that goes from one mankind threatening scenario to another in rapid succession with hardly a breath in between.

Sub-Human starts with a political climate pitting two sides against each other over the controversy of strong AI. One side believes that if a true artificial intelligence is created it will quickly realize that humans need to go and mankind will face extinction. This faction will stop at nothing to prevent the other side from actually creating such an AI including a nuclear war. Basically, they are willing to destroy human civilization to prevent an AI from doing so.

Post-Human tackles the endless desire to better oneself through technology and the ramifications of doing so. Nano-technology allows Post-Humans to become almost immortal but it comes at a great cost. Post-Humans become dependent on technology for survival and we've all seen enough sci-fi movies to know how that works out.

Trans-Human finds mankind facing a threat from beyond the solar system as old enemies become allies in order to survive this new external threat.

And finally, Human Plus is a weird one and any attempt to explain it would be a potential spoiler so all I will say is that it was my least favorite book of the series.

Overall I found the series enjoyable but there are times where the fiction dominated the science a bit too much and some laughable explanations were given for why things work the way they do. I found that I was able to look beyond those times and I just went along for the ride. If you are looking for something deep and profound then you should look elsewhere, but if you just want to gorge yourself at a sci-fi buffet then you have come to the right place.

Ray Chase does a decent job at the voices of the various characters and while his performance wasn't perfect I had no issue with him like some of the other reviewers did.
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- Lore "Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fan"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-17-2015
  • Publisher: Podium Publishing