The Rise of Superman

The Rise of Superman

Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance

By Steven Kotler

New Harvest, Hardcover, 9781477800836, 234pp.

Publication Date: March 4, 2014

An exploration of how extreme athletes break the limits of ultimate human performance and what we can learn from their mastery of the state of consciousness known as flow

In this groundbreaking book, "New York Times" bestselling author Steven Kotler decodes the mystery of ultimate human performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand interviews with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes such as big wave legend Laird Hamilton, big mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and skateboarding pioneer Danny Way, Kotler explores the frontier science of flow, an optimal state of consciousness where we perform and feel our best.

Building a bridge between the extreme and the mainstream, "The Rise of Superman" explains how these athletes are using flow to do the impossible and how we can use this information to radically accelerate our performance in our own lives.

At its core, this is a book about profound possibility, what is actually possible for our species, and where if anywhere our limits lie.

About the Author
Steven Kotler is a "New York Times" bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and the Cofounder and Director of Research for the Flow Genome Project ( His books include "Bold, The Rise of Superman, Abundance, A Small Furry Prayer, West of Jesus", and" The Angle Quickest for Flight". His work has been translated into thirty-five languages and his articles have appeared in over seventy publications, including "The New York Times Magazine", "Atlantic Monthly", " Wired", " Forbes", and" Time". He also writes "Far Frontiers", a blog about science and innovation for