Probably my favourite sci fi That s a huge statement as I collect the SF Masterworks I m surprised this isn t in it I think I ve read it four times so far It s one I can come back to again and again if I have nothing else to read And it still keeps me interested. One of the most magnificently baroque science fiction stylists of his generation, Attanasio writes books that combine robust adventures old as humanity with metaphysical, hallucinogenic mindtrips The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Science FictionAnother mind bending science fiction epic from a true visionary, Centuries explores a barely recognizable future where humans control their own evolution Genetic manipulation and artificial intelligence shape an astounding destiny for our species With these wondrous changes come unexpected new truths of heart and mind that challenge the very definition of human and that threaten not only our existence but the universe itself as our surprising powers both miraculous and monstrous evolve through the centuries Wow its been a few years since I ve logged in, and I ve got quite a few books to add..but later As I recall, Centuries was brilliant Some of the best scifi I ve ever read Very prescient poetic ingenious beautifully written. This book is incredible If Time Traveler s Wife brings sci fi to the popular audience, this book brings the popular audience to sci fi. the book is well written but has a dreary tone to it. Great book Truly an awesome and chilling concept by master tale spinner A A A. Another epic sci fi novel, that literally spans centuries, in case you are wondering what the title signifies It opens in the year 2000 and quickly dispenses of the entire 21st century in one quick chapter The final chapter takes place one thousand years later, with many of the main characters still playing their parts in the story I won t specify which ones live, and which ones die, or even which ones live and die and live again By the late 21st century, humans have taken their evolution in Another epic sci fi novel, that literally spans centuries, in case you are wondering what the title signifies It opens in the year 2000 and quickly dispenses of the entire 21st century in one quick chapter The final chapter takes place one thousand years later, with many of the main characters still playing their parts in the story I won t specify which ones live, and which ones die, or even which ones live and die and live again By the late 21st century, humans have taken their evolution into their own hands They lab birth anthrofacts which eventually become the dominant life force not only on earth but throughout the solar system as it is explored and inhabited Humans are still around, as is artificial intelligence, and the three dance around in a socio political whirl across space and time in this novel At first I found the story interesting, thinking about super intelligent evolved humans and artificial intelligences solving all our problems But the battle to stop the end of the world as we know it really escalates scientifically beyond what a non theoretical physicist can understand And that s OK, you don t have to understand all the sci in sci fi for it to be entertaining But when you add the list of characters that just refuse to leave the narrative, it just seems never ending and tiresome by the end Science is so advanced that not only do people not die of old age or disease any, the dead can be dialed up for conversations, and eventually brought back into new bodies, or cloned You know what, maybe people and universes are not meant to last forever Maybe things should die after a natural life span Of less than 438 pages I m not even sure if the universe ended or whatever at the end of the book, but some characters survived, still refusing to give it up Well I give up If there s a sequel, count me out This author creates atmosphere and draws emotion to make you weep This is my favourite kind of read, the combination of sf and human issues, made all thecomplex by timespans that exceed a man s lifetime He paints the most wonderful pictures.