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THE GOLDEN AGE

Copyright © 2002 by John C. Wright

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book, or portions thereof, in any form.

Edited by David G. Hartwell

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ISBN: 0-812-57984-4

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 2001058468

First edition: April 2002

First mass market edition: April 2003

Printed in the United States of America 098765432 1

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

grouped by nervous system formation (neuroform)

Biochemical Self-Aware Entities

Base neuroform

PHAETHON PRIME of RHADAMANTH, Silver-Gray

Manorial School HELION RELIC of RHADAMANTH, Phaethon's sire,

founder of the Silver-Gray Manorial School, and a

peer DAPHNE TERCIUS SEMI-RHADAMANTH, Phaethon's

wife GANNIS HUNDRED-MIND GANNIS, Synergistic-

Synnoint School, a peer ATKINS VINGT-ET-UN GENERAL-ISSUE, a soldier

Nonstandard neuroforms

VAFNIR of MERCURY EQUILATERAL STATION, a peer

XENOPHON of FARAWAY, Tritonic Neuroform Composure School, called the Neptunians

XINGIS of NEREID, also called DIOMEDES, Silver-Gray School

Alternate Organization neuroform, commonly called

Warlocks

AO AOEN, the Master-Dreamer, a peer

NEO-ORPHEUS the Apostate, protonothary and chair

of the College of Hortators ORPHEUS MYRIAD AVERNUS, founder of the Second

Immortality, a Peer

Cortial-Thalamically Integrated neuroform, commonly called Invariants

KES SENNEC the Logician, a peer

Cerebelline neuroform

WHEEL-OF-LIFE, an Ecological Mathematician, a peer GREEN-MOTHER, the artiste who organizes the ecological performance at Destiny Lake

Mass-Mind Compositions

The ELEEMOSYNARY COMPOSITION, a Peer

The HARMONIOUS COMPOSITION, of the College of

Hortators The BELLIPOTENT COMPOSITION (disbanded)

Electrophotonic Self-Aware Entities

Sophotechs

RHADAMANTHUS, a manor-house of the Silver-Gray School, million-cycle capacity

EVENINGSTAR, a manor-house of the Red school, million-cycle capacity

NEBUCHEDNEZZAR, advisor to the College of Hortators, ten-million-cycle capacity

HARRIER, consulting detective, one-hundred-thousand-cycle capacity

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