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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (July 22 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765319985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765319982
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #518,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Westerfeld's (Evolution's Darling) exceptionally smart and empathetic novel, the first of two in a series, confirms the buzz that space opera is one of the most exciting branches of current SF. In an interstellar empire of 80 human worlds, ruled by an emperor who lets selected humans cheat death, tensions between most humans and the resurrected elite, aka the Risen, are increasing. The Rix, a cult of cyborgs who worship compound AI minds, hunger to liberate the empire's worlds from mere human control. When a Rix raiding party captures the emperor's sister, Capt. Laurent Zai of the Imperial Navy must save her. Viewpoint rapidly shifts from character to character and from a vast perspective to an extremely small one-that of the intelligence scouts Zai sends ahead of the rescue mission, nano-machines smaller than insects. Keeping the reader constantly off-balance, Westerfeld skillfully integrates extreme technologies with human characters.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The emperor, surrounded by his elite of those chosen to become undead, has ruled for 1,600 years, and the empire has become decadent, with the gap between the living and the Risen growing apace. Then the Rix--computer-augmented humans who revere planetary AI--kidnap the child empress on her own planet, Legis XV. Not only does this threaten the emperor's great secret, it is the furthest incursion into imperial space that the Rix have yet made. Captain Laurent Zai is charged to effect the empress' rescue--a dangerous, almost impossible task. Meanwhile, the woman he loves, a senator of the Secularist Party of the living and against the Risen, is enmeshed in the political consequences of the Rix invasion and the preparation for war. It doesn't take long for the Legis XV computers to become a compound mind a la the Rix and fight for survival, too. Westerfeld manages the action impeccably, and he leaves threads of plot hanging for a grand space-opera finale in a promised sequel. Regina Schroeder
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Format: Hardcover
This book doesn't really stand out amongst it's peers, although it manages to hold its own up to a point. That point is in the middle of the story, which just happens to be the end of the book. This could not stand on its own under any circumstance. If it were 1500 pages, like Hamilton's Night's Dawn books, that might be excusable but as each of the first two books in this series are barely 300 pages, it seems that either the publisher and/or the author are taking advantage of the buying public. The most annoying aspect is that all the really good parts of this story are in the second book so my advice would be to skip this and go straight to KILLING OF WORLDS. It has enough of a brief in the prologue to get you up to speed.
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The Risen Empire is book one of Succession which concludes in The Killing of Worlds.
Scott Westerfeld has created a universe in which death, "The Old Enemy" has finally been vanquished. Over 1,600 years ago, one man developed a technology to enable his dying 12-year-old sister to survive. The only hitch is that the patient had to die first and be resurrected.
Having provided this new technology, the man is proclaimed Emperor over the 80 Worlds and the bureaucratic rule of his administration, "The Apparatus", weighs heavily upon the populace. The Risen citizens become wealthy, rigid, and somewhat emotionless throughout time. The Empire begins to stagnate.
Westerfeld compares the lack of innovation to earlier Earth theories in which the sun revolved around the planet. Newer (and correct) theories that the Earth revolved around the sun were ridiculed and suppressed until the previous generation died off and the new scientists took control. In the Empire, no such situation is possible.
This novel describes the fates of two figures, a starship captain and a senator who, against all odds, can change the universe forever.
When the Emperor's sister is held hostage by the Empire's traditional enemies, the starship captain is directed to rescue her....before the Emperor's secret is discovered. And the Political Apparatus has representives on board his ship to ensure that he carries out his orders.
Meanwhile, the senator back on Home must help determine the course of war.
All that ties them...and the only true thing that matters...is their love for each other.
Westerfeld skillfully shifts viewpoints between major and minor characters and even time periods to create a wonderful action/adventure story. The plot and history unfold beautifully. His cultures and shifting alliances are well executed.
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Format: Hardcover
For years, unless you liked true fantasy novels, the only science fiction writers capable of creating a "space opera" - a whole new world and world view - and capable of sustaining it seemed to be Frank Herbert (Dune, et. al.) and J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings, et. al.) Many others have tried, many others have been moderately successful, but few if any have really broken through. Scott Westerfeld has made a first and valiant attempt with The Risen Empire. Set so far into the future as to render timing irrelevant, Westerfeld creates a universe both foreign and familiar and ties in a unique love story at the same time.
The Empire consists of eighty human worlds tied together and ruled for 1,600 years by the Emperor. The Emperor has the secret of eternal life at his disposal and has created an elite caste, known as the Risen. His grasp on power is complete and unassailable within the Eighty Worlds. However, the Empire has competitors, chief among them The Rix. The Rix are machine augmented humans (women, by the way) whose existence is dedicated to creating Compound Minds - artificial intelligences of enormous proportions, formed by taking over all of the computer, data, and communications infrastructure of a planet. Aimed against the prolonged rule of the Emperor, the Rix seek to "free" planets from the one-man control so long possessed.
In Book One, the Rix take the Child Empress (the Emperor's sister, Risen as a child) hostage on a planet tens of light-years from the home world. Captain Laurent Zai of the Imperial Frigate Lynx is serendipitously fortunate (or horribly unlucky) to be the closest military asset to the incursion. Lai is romantically linked to leader of the most effective (and peculiar) opposition party to the Emperor's Loyalty Party.
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For years, unless you liked true fantasy novels, the only science fiction writers capable of creating a "space opera" - a whole new world and world view - and capable of sustaining it seemed to be Frank Herbert (Dune, et. al.) and J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings, et. al.) Many others have tried, many others have been moderately successful, but few if any have really broken through. Scott Westerfeld has made a first and valiant attempt with The Risen Empire. Set so far into the future as to render timing irrelevant, Westerfeld creates a universe both foreign and familiar and ties in a unique love story at the same time.
The Empire consists of eighty human worlds tied together and ruled for 1,600 years by the Emperor. The Emperor has the secret of eternal life at his disposal and has created an elite caste, known as the Risen. His grasp on power is complete and unassailable within the Eighty Worlds. However, the Empire has competitors, chief among them The Rix. The Rix are machine augmented humans (women, by the way) whose existence is dedicated to creating Compound Minds - artificial intelligences of enormous proportions, formed by taking over all of the computer, data, and communications infrastructure of a planet. Aimed against the prolonged rule of the Emperor, the Rix seek to "free" planets from the one-man control so long possessed.
In Book One, the Rix take the Child Empress (the Emperor's sister, Risen as a child) hostage on a planet tens of light-years from the home world. Captain Laurent Zai of the Imperial Frigate Lynx is serendipitously fortunate (or horribly unlucky) to be the closest military asset to the incursion. Lai is romantically linked to leader of the most effective (and peculiar) opposition party to the Emperor's Loyalty Party.
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