The Risen Empire

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Macmillan, Mar 1, 2003 - Fiction - 304 pages
6 Reviews
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.
 

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User Review  - Katharine_Ann - LibraryThing

I usually love Westerfeld books, so this came as a huge surprise! I don't usually read science fiction, but I took a risk because it's Westerfeld, and I have mixed feelings. The book is rather ... Read full review

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User Review  - kenzen - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
11
Section 2
21
Section 3
26
Section 4
32
Section 5
69
Section 6
81
Section 7
83
Section 8
84
Section 14
147
Section 15
174
Section 16
183
Section 17
197
Section 18
205
Section 19
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Section 20
241
Section 21
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Section 9
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Section 10
108
Section 11
110
Section 12
129
Section 13
142
Section 22
275
Section 23
280
Section 24
301
Section 25
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About the author (2003)

Scott Westerfeld is a software designer, a composer of music for modern dance, and the author of four previous novels. He lives in New York City and Sydney, Australia.

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