The Post-Human Omnibus : Post-Human Series

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

Publisher's Summary

1. Sub-Human
Before he was Old-timer, 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 for the story of humanity as well, as they accelerate towards 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 A.I. turned against humanity and was subsequently destroyed. In the meantime, James Keats has turned over the A.I.'s powers to a non-intelligent, 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 A.I. 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 A.I. 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!

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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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The titles are the best bits.

I had hoped for a vision of advancement, an imagining of evolved humanity, a cleverly developed prognosis of direction and progress. None of this eventuated.

Yes there's a sophisticated AI, and virtual realities but in all 4 books in this omnibus edition there was a sense of limitation and echoes of other ideas (Matrix especially). I really don't think torturing the AI would be used to test it's altruism by so-called Post Humans. There's nothing in any of the books to suggest advancement of the species to justify the titles, except for "Subhuman" and even that doesn't ring true.

Concepts were not explored or developed to any extent. The Artificial Intelligence, while designed to be humanistic, had implausible reactions and there were experiences of pain in virtual realities which didn't come off as authentic.

The narrator was particularly irritating. His pronunciation of the name "Craig" was "Crig ", for example. His differentiation of various characters was very limited except for the villain, and the AI. The female voices were almost identical; breathy and low, the male were very similar! When a character shouted or screamed, was angry or romantic, it all sounded the same. A whispered scream is not convincing. I will actively avoid any other book narrated by Ray Chase.

I won't be seeking out any other books by David Simpson either. Other authors have broached similar themes much more intelligently and imaginatively. David Simpson is no Frank Herbert, Dan Simmons or Alistair Reynolds. Don't expect much if you decide to buy his books.
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- Rosemary White

Rambling and nonsensical but...

I am less than half way through this very good value four parter but I am already at the point where I need to leave a review. Who knows, this could be a mid-term review that gets replaced by something much more glowing by the time I finish.

I love a good sci-fi but this seems to ramble and drift off course at times. However, this may not be the fault of the author. There is one thing I really cannot abide and that is breathy and dreamy narration. If the performer wishes to whisp on then for heavens sake go and read Lady Chatterley.
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- Matt Sapsford

Book Details

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