The ''Count to the Eschaton'' trilogy is a HardScienceFiction[=/=]SpaceOpera series in progress by JohnCWright.
Menelaus Ilation "Meany" Montrose, a Texas-born gunslinger, lawyer, mathematician, and astronaut, [[GoneHorriblyRight goes insane after injecting himself with an IQ-increasing]] SuperSerum, and is cryosuspended during the voyage to the Monument. He wakes to a BadFuture. In little more than 8,000 years, the alien beings who set up the Monument as bait to test younger civilizations' starfaring progress, will arrive and enslave the Earth's population. Resisted by the remaining members of the crew--particularly his former best friend, Ximen "Blackie" Del Azarchel--Menelaus decides to spend the intervening milennia preparing humankind to resist.
!!Books thus far.
* ''Count to a Trillion''
* ''The Hermetic Millennia''
* ''The Judge of Ages''
* ''The Architect of Aeons''
* ''Vindication of Man''
* ''Count to Infinity'' (series finale)
!!! Tropes featured
* AbdicateTheThrone: A theoretical solution to their problems, at one point.
* AboveGoodAndEvil: We don't have to teach post humans to be good while we make them.
* AbusivePrecursors: The aliens have yet to show up, but have made their intentions clear.
* AncestralWeapon: Some of the Chimera's weapons have to become this, because they have lost the art of changing the bloodlocks on them.
* ArcWords: "Count to a trillion" is one, the length of time it will take for [[spoiler: Rania's starship to return to earth]] as is, possibly "asymptote."
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Menelaus watches this trope in action. He doesn't approve.
* BroadStrokes: Some cultures' versions of past history are...strange. The Witches, for example, believe that Creator/CSLewis and Creator/ArthurCClarke explored the Louisiana Territory in 1492...
* BuxomIsBetter: The Nymphs hold to this. And bio-engineer themselves accordingly.
* TheCaptain: Princess Rania also commands the world's only (functioning) starship.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: The princess is deeply involved in her people's welfare.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Justified. Blackie del Azarchel suppressed all religions other than Catholicism because he himself was culturally Catholic; and Menelaus later makes use of the institution because it is TheConstant.
* ColdSleepColdFuture: It gets colder each time Menelaus wakes up.
* CliffHanger: The ending of ''Count to a Trillion'', and ''The Hermetic Millennia''
* CommonalityConnection: Illiance calls on this with Menelaus, as scholars.
* CorruptChurch: One thing that happened while he slept.
* CryIntoChest: Rania possibly invokes this with Menelaus.
* CultureClash: competing cultures from different eras, all woken at once result in much of this. Most amusingly done when the relatively-prudish Blue Men interview Oenoe.
* DayHurtsDarkAdjustedEyes: Coming out of a cryogenic chamber.
* DefectorFromDecadence: The Nymph Shieldmaidens; Oenoe in particular.
* DirtyBusiness: Dealing with blighters.
* DoctorsOrders: Menelaus can talk casually with the effective ruler of Earth. When he must be examined by a doctor, he finds it much harder to assert himself.
* DreamingTheTruth: Menelaus. Also Mickey.
* DrivenToSuicide: Captain Grimaldi [[spoiler:At least according to Blackie]]
* DuelToTheDeath: Menelaus's occupation, as junior member of a law firm.
* DueToTheDead: Menelaus's only objection to the absence of religion.
* EasyAmnesia: the Nymphs' Nepenthe.
* EmpathicWeapon: Some last from the days of the Sylphs, though people don't understand them.
* EndlessWinter: In ''Count To A Trillion'', Menelaus's first spring is when he is six. The younger characters regard it as this. The older ones hush them: the Japanese created it deliberately, in order to fight a disease, and if they hadn't, mankind might have gone extinct.
* ErmineCapeEffect: The clothes of the Hermetists use symbolic references to underscore their power.
* EvolutionaryLevels: Used to soothe the conscience, by some characters.
* ExtremeOmnisexual: Nymphs, throughout their culture; those who do not like it are given a chance to cryogenic sleep to a more pleasing time to them.
** ParentalIncest: A nymph casually mentions that they expect a man's first sexual partner to have been his mother. The term for "father" also implies a sexual relationship.
** BrotherSisterIncest: In their language, the word "brother" also means "homosexual incestous partner."
* FirstNameBasis: Menelaus insists on it
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Menelaus
* ForcedToWatch: For ''really'' illegal stuff.
* [[TwoPartTrilogy Four-Part Hexalogy]]: The series was supposed to be four books, however it grew to six. For example ''The Judge of Ages'' continues straight from where ''The Hermetic Millennia'' ended, because at first the two books were supposed to be one but they were split in two because of the size.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Prince Ranier
* GenreSavvy: Menelaus has read SF. He notices certain lacks.
* GovernmentDrugEnforcement: Nymph culture made heavy use of drugs, widely accepted, but the Nymph Queens enforced it when necessary.
* GreyGoo: Golden goo, to inaugurate a Golden Age.
* GreenEyedMonster: Blackie
* HonorBeforeReason: There are Nymphs who do not like a life of total, if heavily drugged, hedonism.
* HowManyFingers: TheMedic tries this.
* HumanPopsicle: Everyone in the tombs.
* HypocriticalHumor: Lady Ivinia talks of her silence, her obedience, and her gentleness while ordering men about in a long speech, commanding them to fight war and win or commit suicide.
* IGaveMyWord: Why Menelaus survived.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Oenoe agreed to something to please her beloved, which is why she is in the Tombs
* IWillWaitForYou: Menelaus's motive in the second book.
* KingInTheMountain: These legends congregate about the Tomb.
* KnightInShiningArmor: The defenders of the Tombs.
* LivingLieDetector: Soorm claims to be this.
* LongHairIsFeminine: Nymphs wear it at least waist long.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Nymphs can induce this, biochemically.
* LoveTriangle: Blackie, Rania, and Menelaus.
** TwoPersonLoveTriangle: Menelaus, [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Iron Menelaus]], and Rania.
** LovesMyAlterEgo: Rania fell in love with Iron Menelaus.
* MadScientist: Menelaus tries a very hypothetical experiment out on himself. See GoneHorriblyRight.
* MagicFromTechnology: The Witches solemnly scorn the mere material husk as not being the essential, let alone the only, part.
* TheMedic: Menelaus can argue with the Master of the World, but not the doctor
* MenDontCry: His mother insists on this.
* TheMentor: Among the Blue Men, a formal relationship
* TheMutiny: Occurs when Menelaus does not remember it, but is crucial to the plot
* MurderByCremation: [[spoiler: What really happened to Prince Ranier]].
* NamedWeapons: The Chimarae practice this.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Larz claims Menelaus is not this
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Menelaus's SuperSerum. He gets called on this by Blackie.
* NotAGame: Menelaus rebukes himself at one point for forgetting this.
* OneHeadTaller: Mentally invoked by Menelaus after Princess Rania's growth spurt: "He hated the fact that the top of her head no longer fit nicely under his chin when they hugged...It seemed obscurely unnatural, as if someone had made a mistake when putting the universe together."
* OminousFloatingCastle: In ''The Judge of Ages'', there is the villain's floating tower which is even described as ominous. It may be the largest one in literature, 165 thousand miles high, and has more surface area than China.
* ParentalSubstitute: Soorm finds one in his story.
* PeopleOfHairColor: Blondies
* PetTheDog: Menelaus at one point concludes that another character can like dogs and ''still'' be all bad.
* PrivateEyeMonologue: Kine Larz' story.
* ThePromise: Menelaus makes one very young.
* ProperlyParanoid: the Tombs' defenses.
* ProudWarriorRace: The Chimera. Lampshaded by one of them, who, hearing of the "battle for Antarctica," asks exactly ''who'' was fighting for ''what'' down there.
* PsychicPowers: Menelaus at one point reflects on how superhuman intellects get these in stories.
* RagsToRoyalty: A GenreSavvy character comments on the usage in cheap fiction
* RaisedByWolves: Menelaus uses this as an analogy
* RedHeadedHero: Menelaus.
* RescueRomance: A GenreSavvy character comments on the usage in cheap fiction
* ReversePsychology: One character argues with Menelaus as if he wants him to do the opposite.
* ServantRace: to be genetically engineered.
* ShoutOut: Too many to list. (What? Never heard of Sir Edward Marlinson??)
* SingleTear: Oenoe's story induces this.
* SlaveRace: The aliens' plans for us.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Menelaus swings between "aw shucks" Texanisms and ultrafluent Lawyerese or AntiquatedLinguistics.
* SpringIsLate: Years late.
* StayInTheKitchen: Lady Ivinia explains that this is her place, not councils of war, so she merely "reminds" the men they have a duty to overcome the foe they face or commit suicide for failure.
* SuperSerum / PsychoSerum
* SwansASwimming: Rania is repeatedly refered to as a Swan Princess.
* TapOnTheHead: Takes Menelaus out, old style.
* TheyHaveTheScent: The dog things invert it -- by howling with frustration, they show they don't have the scent.
* TimeAbyss: To quote the author, the story will be followed to "the year Oh-My-Gosh-That's-A-Lot-Of-Zeroes".
* TitleDrop: "Counting to a trillion" is a metaphor in the first two books for something true but outside your ability to handle; also how long it will take Rania to return.
* TooDumbToFool: Sometimes you're victorious when you can't be smart enough, but can be stupid enough.
* TrulySingleParent: The princess has only a father, though he was not the one to make her.
* UglyHeroGoodLookingVillain: Menelaus' description is distinctly ungainly; Blackie del Azarchel, on the other hand, is a DashingHispanic.
* UnreliableNarrator: In ''The Hermetic Millennia'', large sections are first-person accounts by people who are not to be trusted.
* VisualNovel: ''Asymptote'' seems to be this.
* WakeUpFighting: Menelaus coldsleeps with loaded pistols in his hands for this purpose. [[spoiler: It doesn't help him much in ''Hermetic Millenia'']].
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: And, indeed, your own electronic copy.
* WhiteStallion: Cryogenically frozen for the knights.
* WithDueRespect: Menelaus to the Chimerae -- he's posing as a subordinate one.
* AYearAndADay: How long Soorm had to serve to sleep in the Tombs.
* YouAreNumberSix: Crewman Fifty-one.