The Transhumanist Wager

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The Transhumanist Wager is a 2013 novel by Zoltan Istvan.

Featuring a central character called Jethro Knight, the book has been compared to a transhumanist Atlas shrugged[1] in showcasing a particular style of atheistic, libertarian and survivalist transhumanism.[2] That said, Zoltan has since denied the book comprises such a manifesto.[3]


The Transhumanist Wager stars the protagonist Jethro Knights who studies philosophy and sails around the world to promote indefinite life extension. During this time a coup by Christian terrorists successfully take over the US, transforming America's secular government into a theocracy. This causes Knights to create an independent seastanding city 'Transhumania' as a stand against reactionary governments from invading the city.[4][5]


Zoltan introduced some survivalist philosophy into the book such as the 'Three Laws of Transhumanims':

A transhumanist must safeguard one's own existence above all else.
A transhumanist must strive to achieve omnipotence as expediently as possible—so long as one's actions do not conflict with the First Law.
A transhumanist must safeguard value in the universe—so long as one's actions do not conflict with the First and Second Laws.

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