The Risen Empire

The Risen Empire

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From the acclaimed author of Fine Prey, Polymorph, and Evolution's Darling (Philip K. Dick Award special citation and a New York Times Notable Book) comes a sweeping epic, The Risen Empire , Scott Westerfeld's dazzling hardcover debut.The undead Emperor has ruled his mighty interstellar empire of eighty human worlds for sixteen hundred years. Because he can grant a form of eternal life, creating an elite known as the Risen, his power has been absolute. He and his sister, the Child Empress, who is eternally a little girl, are worshiped as living gods. No one can touch them.Not until the Rix, machine-augmented humans who worship very different gods: AI compound minds of planetary extent. The Rix are cool, relentless fanatics, and their only goal is to propagate such AIs throughout the galaxy. They seek to end, by any means necessary, the Emperor's prolonged tyranny of one and supplant it with an eternal cybernetic dynasty of their own. They begin by taking the Child Empress hostage. Captain Laurent Zai of the Imperial Frigate Lynx is tasked with her rescue.Separated by light-years, bound by an unlikely love, Zai and pacifist senator Nara Oxham must each in their own way, face the challenge of the Rix, and they each will hold the fate of the empire in their hands. The Risen Empire is the first great space opera of the twenty-first century.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765305558
0765305550
Branch Call Number: Fic West
Characteristics: 304 p. ; 25 cm.

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Philsmith02
Apr 28, 2018

Full speed ahead battle. With a human touch. One of great books you’ll read. Redefines our existence.

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Sabre3
Feb 21, 2016

The first chapter almost put me off, but I carried on and ended up quite enjoying the book. The author has a vision of a dystopian future, which is probably a realistic perception that a person from this time would have of whatever actually evolves by that time. It is probably fair to say that a person from that time would feel the same about the world we live in. I think that is the point being made, and I applaud it. I will be reading the sequel.

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monikak1
Feb 09, 2014

The conclusion of this story is in Book 2 of Succession called "The Killing of Worlds"

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jugglegabe
Dec 27, 2013

I found this to be an epic title, comperable to the dune series, although, sadly, only two volumes long. The author has many facinating futuristic conceptions, too many to list. The characters were well developed, and the plot moved forward quickly. The descriptions and details of startship battles at significant fractions of lightspeed were the highlight for me.

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