Its not often you get a sci-fi book that spans thousands of years and yet keeps the plot and character continuity, despite an array of ever changing characters. Noumenon starts in the near future but soon carries us forward in time, technology and society. This is a solid book with lots of interesting new concepts such as sub dimensional travel and believable future human societies. I have just finished the second book, which I enjoyed even more. Give it a go - well worth a read.