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The risen empire (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Scott Westerfeld

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Title:The risen empire
Authors:Scott Westerfeld
Info:New York : Tor, 2003.
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I enjoyed the story - the character development was interesting as well as the technical aspects. A fascinating concept was that the navy flew "microships" that were only a millimeter or two in size (resembled a dust mote) that were able to perform intelligence missions or even attacks.

The one disappointing aspect of the story is that nothing is resolved. The story is obviously continued in the sequel and I felt a bit "cheated" without a conclusion.

This book is suitable for human interstellar empire and social sf. It could also work for military SF although not as well. ( )
  bhabeck | Mar 6, 2016 |
Woah. The first book of this series begins with a dizzyingly exciting space battle that sucks you right into the action. It's only a few pages in that the reader realizes the ships are the size of a hangnail, piloted by remote. The Child Empress is being held hostage, and the ships are on a recon mission for the Imperial space ship in orbit round the planet, waiting to rescue her. The first book is very exciting, and while the technology Westerfeld introduces is wholly original, it still makes a great deal of sense. Westerfeld reads a bit like Nancy Kress; he's really good at combining innovative yet realistic science with multi-faceted, interesting characters and believable societies. I was particularly impressed with the multitude of perspectives he brought to the story without ever losing his focus.
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  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
I think that objectively, this was a better book than his "Specials" series, but somehow, it just didn't grab me emotionally. I'm still going to read the sequel, since I already have it. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I just couldn't get into it. The characters and their motives stayed at a distance I couldn't cross. Just an OK book overall. ( )
  kenzen | Feb 23, 2015 |
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There is no greater tactical disadvantage than the presence of precious noncombatants. Civilians, historical treasures, hostages: treat them as already lost.
---Anonymous 167
Dedication
TO SLK

for years of summer
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The five small craft passed from shadow, emerging with the suddenness of coins thrown into sunlight.
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The UK (Orbit, ISBN 1841493724) edition called "The Risen Empire" includes both books published in the US as "The Risen Empire" and "The Killing of Worlds" - so be sure to keep that edition with the omnibus, and the others separate.
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From the acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author of Evolution’s Darling (Philip K. Dick Award special citation and a New York Times notable book) and Uglies, Pretties, and Specials, comes a sweeping epic. The Risen Empire is the first great space opera of the twenty-first century.

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-after-death, creating an elite known as the Risen, his power is absolute. He and his sister, the Child Empress, who is eternally a little girl, are worshipped as living gods.

The Rix are machine-augmented humans who worship very different gods: AI compound minds of planetary size. Cool, relentless fanatics, their only goal is to propagate such AIs. They seek to end the Emperor’s prolonged rule, and supplant it with an eternal cybernetic dynasty. 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 both face the challenge of the Rix, and both will hold the fate of the empire in their hands.

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When the empire is challenged by a band of machine-augmented humans who seek to put their own gods in control by kidnapping the Immortal Child Empress, captain Laurent Zal of the Imperial Frigate Lynx is charged with her rescue.

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