The Collapsing Empire by John ScalziThe Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

The Collapsing Empire

byJohn Scalzi

Hardcover | March 21, 2017

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"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

JOHN SCALZI is one of the most popular and acclaimed SF authors to emerge in the last decade. His massively successful debut, Old Man's War, won him science fiction's John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His New York Times bestsellers include The Last Colony; Fuzzy Nation; Redshirts, which won 2013's Hugo Award for Best Novel; a...
Title:The Collapsing EmpireFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.53 × 5.83 × 1.23 inShipping dimensions:8.53 × 5.83 × 1.23 inPublished:March 21, 2017Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:076538888X

ISBN - 13:9780765388889


Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much fun! Scalzi builds believable worlds in a concise and entertaining way. This one grabbed me right out the gate.
Date published: 2019-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very unique You will enjoy if you like Asimov's Foundation series
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Weak 2 stars for the physical book(Mass Paper-Back version). You never think book design is important until you get a crapshoot like this one. First, they went with a really weird format that is taller than the normal format, and it just feel weird. Second, the cover and back are so hard and edgy that the hands actually hurt after a small 10 mins of reading(they cut into the palm and thumbs). It's like Tor went out of it's way to make you HATE the physical book. As for the story itself, well, it's so-so. After reading most of Scalzi books, I can tell you that he has a major drawback as a writer; all his characters sounds the same, they all have the same "voice", be them male or female, they all have the same humor, they all have the same kind of short sentences witty conversation and the same replies across the various books. As for the plot, heck, we barely get any of it, and it ends like a chapter would end. A very weak book overall. I won't read the rest of the series and I'm pretty sure I'm done with Scalzi too as I now feel I've read the best he had to offer.
Date published: 2018-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very cool premise! Scalzi lays the basis for a new sci-fi universe with an interesting premise. I had little expectations going in, but I'm very much looking forward to what comes next. The characters are somewhat two-dimensional, and the ending is very abrupt, but it was an entertaining read nonetheless.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insta-Fave Sometimes the best books are the ones for which you have no immediate expectations. By this, I mean that when you first pick up the book and/or even hear about it, the description that you are provided with about the events contained within are so vague that you have no a priori expectations whatsoever. Such was the case with my experience of The Collapsing Empire. I went into this book expecting general sci-fi, perhaps some steampunk, and maybe a whole "end of the world" type of upcoming catastrophe. And while the three of these elements are indeed present, the novel as a whole is much more entertaining and interesting than that. First of all, the physics. Not only are they interesting in concept, but it would be pretty epic if they were true--which is not to say that we can currently prove or disprove that they may or may not be, but, for the purposes of the novel, let's assume that they exist within the realm of possibility. Believe me, it's incredible, to say the least, and while imaginative. Not exactly like the "light speed" concept in Star Wars, but you can tell that it's related. The "Flow" is just a groovy concept overall, and one that I enjoyed tying into the story. Speaking of which, the characters are all compelling. The villains are interesting and seem very "human" (though despicable, yes, but in a somewhat-relatable-asshole way), the heroes are kick-ass, and their interactions with one another are both comedic and captivating. I was interesting in what happened to all of them--Kiva, Marce, and Cardenia, the respective space pilot, scientist, and emperox in the summary of the novel. They're relatable and real characters, and have distinctive quirks that I just enjoyed reading about. Kiva especially struck a great cord with me, so I look forward to seeing more of her in action. That being said, I look forward to the sequel as a whole, whenever it comes out. This book is in instant favourite of mine and a definite re-read in the future. Come one, come all sci-fi lovers and get caught up in the Flow of this novel!
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Game of Thrones it ain't, but it's funny! I had waited for this book to come out since I'd heard of it's impending publication. Mr. Scalzi has earned a place in my heart as a wonderful Sci-Fi writer and The Collapsing Empire was no exception. Welcome to the Interdependency. Spanning 40+ systems, almost exclusively on man-made habitats, with one exception, the planet End. The story follows 3 main characters: a princess, a scientist, and a business woman. Mr. Scalzi does an excellent job world-building. The power structure of the Interdependency, the monarchs' way of recording history and the wormhole-like nature of the faster than light travel are all extremely engaging. I encountered two problems with the book: First, main characters are able to read situations perfectly. Several times, limited information is put forward and a main character makes an intuitive choice that just happens to be perfectly correct. Had this been a 5 star book. I would have like to have seen misdirection succeed a little more, add more complication, instead things felt just a little too simplified. Second, the princess is presented to the readers as inexperienced. We are told that those with more political experience will try to force her down their desired paths. This is never really SHOWN. In fact, the largest item where this would have happened becomes a showpiece of how she is not politically outmaneuvered. That said, the humor prevalent throughout the whole story is infectious. Mr Wheaton's narration is fun and energetic. The story is well-paced and the conclusion of the novel sets up the inevitable sequel. Bring it on soon!
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Breezy but falls short Another breezy, often humourous Scalzi novel, entertaining as usual, but more of an intro to a new series than a real stand-alone. Characters are adequately defined through (lots of ) dialogue, but I would have enjoyed at least a *little* physical description as well--otherwise I feel as though I am working in a void trying to picture the characters. Scalzi also, in my view, goes overboard with the scatalogical language which characterizes one of the female leads; I couldn't help but feel that he was trying to mimic the creation of the foul-mouthed but witheringly witty Chrisjen Avasarala in The Expanse novels--to less than a successful end (the bad language just became tedious to me). Plot was not terribly complex, especially compared to the political machinations of, again, The Expanse, and somewhat predictable. I had been drawn to the book based on the descriptions of the Flow but wanted to know more about it--is it a natural phenomenon? Is it a creation of aliens? How was it discovered? How does it work? Why is it shifting? Perhaps these questions will be answered in subsequent books in the series. Overall, entertaining, but less so than other Scalzi SF.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from SciFi This is a fun, quick sci-fi story with great characters and an absorbing plot. The Collapsing Empire doesn't wait long to throw you into the world, which feels more like something you'd read in fantasy book than sci-fi, or the plot, which weaves together nicely from a couple seemingly disparate conflicts. But I can't shake that it feels like half of a great novel. Its almost overly fast-paced and super short. Scalzi isn't known for writing massive tomes but, other than the fact that he certainly hasn't written the sequel, there's no reason that this book couldn't have been twice as long and finished the story in one volume. I wasn't ready to put this book down. Its not really a complaint but an observation.
Date published: 2017-04-12

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Collapsing Empire"Provocative and unexpected." -The Wall Street Journal"Scalzi has constructed a thrilling novel so in tune with the flow of politics that it would feel relevant at almost any time." -Entertainment Weekly, Grade B+"Scalzi builds a fascinating new interstellar civilization in order to destroy it....[The Collapsing Empireis] amusing escapism full of guts and brains." -Ars Technica "Scalzi mixes science, history, and politics with sharp action and intriguing characters. Readers will be thrilled to take another wild ride across the universe with the author of the "Old Man's War" series." -Library Journal, starred review"Fans of Game of Thrones and Dune will enjoy this bawdy, brutal, and brilliant political adventure" -Booklist"Scalzi continues to be almost insufferably good at his brand of fun but think-y sci-fi adventure." -Kirkus ReviewsPraise for John Scalzi"As much as Scalzi has the scientific creativity of Michael Crichton, he also has the procedural chops of a Stephen J. Cannell to craft a whodunit with buddy-cop charm and suspects aplenty-most of them in someone else's body."­­ -USA Today on Lock In"If anyone stands at the core of the American science fiction tradition at the moment, it is Scalzi." -The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition"Plenty of action, great character development, vivid and believable world-building, and a thought-provoking examination of disability culture and politics. . . . Yet more evidence that Scalzi is a master at creating appealing commercial fiction." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Lock In