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The Collapsing Empire
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The Collapsing Empire


The first novel of a new space-opera sequence set in an all-new universe by the Hugo Award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Redshirts and Old Man's War.

Our universe is ruled by physics and faster than light travel is not possible -- until the discovery of The Flow, an extra-dimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transport us to other worlds, around other stars.

Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war -- and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

The Flow is eternal -- but it is not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off all human worlds from faster than light travel forever, three individuals -- a scientist, a starship captain and the Empress of the Interdependency -- are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.

Title:The Collapsing Empire
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:336 pages
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    The Collapsing Empire Reviews

  • Wil Wheaton
    Mar 16, 2017

    As delightful and easy to read as Scalzi at his best (Redshirts, Old Man's War), with characters who are going to stay with you whenever you have to put the book down ... which you aren't going to wan...

  • Brad
    Jan 13, 2017

    A big thanks to Netgalley for this ARC!This novel marks a very strong return to Space Opera for Scalzi and I'll admit that I felt slightly trepidatious about it, after all, these tomes usually require...

  • Kevin Kelsey
    Oct 28, 2016

    Posted at Heradas ReviewScalzi is accessible science fiction, and this is Scalzi (the storyteller) at his best. He’s improved at structuring a story over the years, and this is more evidence to supp...

  • Roxane
    Mar 29, 2017

    This is a wildly fun space opera. Witty, irreverent, even a little sexy. Lots and lots of world building and the society here, the Interdependency is full of intrigue. Incredible women characters whic...

  • Philip
    May 18, 2017

    4.25ish stars.'Accessible' is a word I've read used to describe Scalzi's fiction a lot, and it's true. This feels like old school space opera, commercial and unabashedly traditional- with some modern ...

  • Samantha
    Feb 25, 2017

    If you like political machinations, space, Scalzi's wit, and characters who are more asshole than charming, you'll enjoy this. It took me a little bit to get used to the general lack of fucks all of t...

  • Bookwraiths
    Mar 15, 2017

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.The Collapsing Empire is the opening salvo in a new science fiction series by John Scalzi. And if you enjoy space, cool ideas, political machinations, jaded characte...

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Mar 23, 2017

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum me start by saying I’m a huge fan of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series. Years ago when I was still mostly reading f...

  • Mike
    May 24, 2016

    It is always enjoyable to get back to an author you've had so many great reading experiences with. It has been quite a while since Scalzi swam in the waters of Space Opera but he is still in fine form...

  • Paul O'Neill
    Feb 18, 2017

    A rip-roaring story with a huge dilemma at its center. Scalzi delivers yet again!The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi is part of a new sequence (I can’t find details on how many books it will compri...