A high-concept space opera trilogy, by SF grandmaster James Gunn, which focused around a piece of ancient alien technology known as the Transcendental Machine. Beings who enter the device are “translated”, changed, into something more than their fellow beings.
James Gunn (1923-2020) was an Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Kansas and published more than a dozen novels and half a dozen collections of stories, and edited more than a dozen and a half books.
His best-known novels are The Immortals, The Dreamers, The Listeners, Kampus and The Joy Makers. The Immortals was filmed as The Immortal and became a TV series. His academic publications include Alternate Worlds: The Illustrated History of Science Fiction, The New Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, the six-volume anthology The Road to Science Fiction, The Science of Science-Fiction Writing, Speculations on Speculation: Theories of Science Fiction and Inside Science Fiction.