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The Collapsing Empire - John Scalzi
The Collapsing Empire
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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.... show more
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.
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765388889 (076538888X)
ASIN: 076538888X
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
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3.0 Oobla Dee Oobla Dah SF: "The Collapsing Empire" by John Scalzi
I recently bought a box of pulp SF from eBay - most dating from the 50s and 60s. Lantern-jawed, pipe-smoking men save the world while their gorgeous female assistants are prone to outbursts of come-hither hero worshiping and swooning - especially when kissed fiercely and unexpectedly by the lantern-...
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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog rated it
3.0 The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi
Inevitable Jokey Ship Name: The evidence suggests that sooner or later all post-Banksian writers of space opera will give their spaceships jokey names. Your Inferior Wit Annoys Me: Yes, though some don't go for the same self-conscious ironic wit that Banks did. Inevitable Jokey Ship Name: I agree, b...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
5.0 The Collapsing Empire - John Scalzi  
Interesting and so much fun. I'm going to love this series. This is a different universe for Scalzi: the planets are mostly not habitable on their surfaces, The universe isn't full of fascinating intelligent species, although there are a fair number of humans scattered about. Two of the main protago...
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
1.0 Tried and Just Gave Up at 25 Percent (DNF)
I tried repeatedly to read and finish this book, but finally gave up at 25 percent (DNF). Look I like John Scalzi a lot. I loved "Redshirts" and "Lock In", but this book right here is all the worst bits of "The Android's Dream" and I refuse to read that book ever again. I think the biggest i...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
5.0 The Collapsing Empire - John Scalzi 
Interesting and so much fun. I'm going to love this series. This is a different universe for Scalzi: the planets are mostly not habitable on their surfaces, The universe isn't full of fascinating intelligent species, although there are a fair number of humans scattered about. Two of the main protago...
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