The Collapsing Empire

The Collapsing Empire

The Interdependency Series, Book 1

eBook - 2017
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*2018 LOCUS AWARD WINNER OF BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL* *2018 HUGO AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST NOVEL* "John Scalzi is the most entertaining, accessible writer working in SF today." -Joe Hill, author of The Fireman 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. 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 "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 on The Collapsing Empire "Scalzi is one of the slickest writers that SF has ever produced." ; The Wall Street Journal on The Human Division The Interdependency Series 1. The Collapsing Empire 2. The Consuming Fire At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9780765388896
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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The Flow that enables travels to other worlds and stars are changing, and possibly going to cut off access of certain places from humanity.


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Tony_Jeffers
Feb 18, 2021

Could hardly put it down Scalzi keeps the action going non stop. Intriguing storyline. Good science; except for The Flow itself which is per fantasy, so it is easy to suspend disbelief. Didn't know I was starting a series; but now I have to read the next two since this one ends in a cliffhanger.
I've never seen so many strong women in one novel before; only in a Wonder Woman comic book could you find so many strong women in one story. Of course being a guy Scalzi must be off in some way although; I think he went above and beyond having the main character suffer menstrual cramps at a very inconvenient time.
The writer of the description did a great job with one major mistake mentioning humanity has spread to innumerable worlds. The story states that the Interdependency consists of just 47 worlds.
If you want to read about a Galactic Empire that consist of innumerable worlds read the original Galactic Empire series starting with "Foundation and Empire" by Isaac Asimov.
Opps just checked with Wikipedia SPL goofed "Foundation" is the first in the series. Actually Asimov wrote two prequels "Prelude to Foundation" and "Forward the Foundation" which you could chose to read first if you like or just start with "Foundation" then read "Foundation and Empire" Unlike Scalzi's Inderdepency Empire which is set not much above one thousand years in the future; Asimov's is set twenty thousand years in the future where humankind is not dependent on a Flow to travel interstellarly ; but is able to access Hyperspace and fill the entire Milky Way with humanity.

FPL_Annie Jan 15, 2020

This is my kind of space opera! Likable characters, strong worldbuilding, and political intrigue.

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rldudley_0
Oct 09, 2019

i have always been a big fan of John's; this one show cases his best - an interesting and complex plot, a bit of wry humor and for the most part action at a relatively fast pace. Already placed a hold on the second volume.

There are a number of secondary things that I truly enjoy in his novels - women do not have secondary roles; there is a brief bit of sexism on both sides in the way of humour. The characters are real with the full range of emotions and are easy to relate to Finally this is a great book for young adults as well as adults.

Greene_GregL May 08, 2019

I didn't realize this was the first in a series when I started it, but I'm pleased that it is. The book establishes interesting characters who are fun to read as they're scheming, all set against the probable downfall of civilization. That plot line doesn't pay off yet, though. The events in this book set up possibilities related to it—it might destroy everyone, it might result in just a seismic shift in power, and it might destroy everyone except the people who maneuver themselves into the right seat of power, both politically and in physical space. I'm intrigued to read more.

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7626dee
Feb 24, 2019

First in a new trilogy. Sci-fi seems to think that telling a story in three or more parts is the way to insure you sell books. It has always been so! I will follow this story line to the conclusion but Scalzi is giving a lot of clues as to where he is going with this tale. He is the best thing going in the genre right now and there are some very good authors banging out the words to give him competition. Sooner or later I would really like one or two to try to use fairly hard science to tell their tale. Mankind may go to the stars eventually, but it is much more likely the stars will come to us first, mankind on earth is too late to the game.

JCLIanH May 23, 2018

An outstanding first book in a series whose follow-ups I will be impatiently awaiting for years to come. Scalzi is a dual threat, excelling at crafting endlessly fascinating worlds and endlessly interesting characters, and he's operating at the top of his game here.

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myles_wolfe
May 07, 2018

The Collapsing Empire is driven mainly by the interesting characters that Scalzi writes. This book is a little bit light on plot-development and is obviously the first book in a planned series. It uses the classic “feuding nobel houses” storyline and brings to mind Frank Herbert’s Dune. It also might be compared to Isaac Asimov’s The Gods Themselves. It is quite detailed in its description of commerce and trade that the Interdependency (an intergalactic empire, ruled by a monarch) is dependent on. The book sets an interesting course in terms of what’s to come in the rest of the series and reflects the current climate crisis. A group of scientists warn of impending doom for billions of people spread throughout the stars, while social and economic elite do everything they can to capitalize on it or ignore it completely. Nominated for the 2018 Hugo Award.

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kentickner
Mar 08, 2018

A weak start to a new series. Scalzi fan here, but this whole volume has churned-out-to-fulfill-contract slapped all over it. The invention supposed to get our attention is a female
hero who talks dirtier than any longshoreman or muleskinner you can imagine. No character or situation was interesting or ingratiating enough to make me wish for the next book in the
series, and the lack of closure is therefore twice as annoying. To me it is Scalzi's first misfire.
Two stars.

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alhogg88
Dec 30, 2017

A really fun read! Scazali creates vivid and enjoyable characters with an interesting and exiting plot line. I look forward to the rest of the series due out in 2018 and 2019.

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LucasHill
Nov 15, 2017

This an appealing mix of elements from Dune and Foundation. It also includes analogues and commentary from current American politics. I will definitely be looking forward to the continuation of this series.

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