The Collapsing EmpireBook - 2017
"John Scalzi is the most entertaining, accessible writer working in SF today." --Joe Hill, author of The Fireman
Our universe is ruled by physics. Faster than light travel is impossible--until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field available at certain points in space-time, which can take us to other planets around other stars.
Riding The Flow, humanity spreads to innumerable other worlds. Earth is forgotten. A new empire arises, the Interdependency, based on the doctrine that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war--and, for the empire's rulers, a system of control.
The Flow is eternal--but it's not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well. In rare cases, entire worlds have been cut off from the rest of humanity. When it's discovered that the entire Flow is moving, possibly separating all human worlds from one another forever, three individuals--a scientist, a starship captain, and the emperox of the Interdependency--must race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.
"Fans of Game of Thrones and Dune will enjoy this bawdy, brutal, and brilliant political adventure" -- Booklist on The Collapsing Empire
"Scalzi is one of the slickest writers that SF has ever produced." -- The Wall Street Journal on The Human Division
"Political plotting, plenty of snark, puzzle-solving, and a healthy dose of action...Scalzi continues to be almost insufferably good at his brand of fun but think-y sci-fi adventure." -- Kirkus Reviews
From Library Staff
If you like Star Wars, you must try this one. Competing political families race against the disintegration of the wormholes that make the universe travelable.
This read offers something a little different...Rather than the author pitting characters against each other, everyone must work together in a race against time to stop the disintegration of the universe itself.
Scalzi's famous blend of action, smarts and humour launches a new space epic where The Flow (wormholes that are no longer static) creates havoc across an empire with a newly ascended and unprepared Emperor.