The Risen Empire

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Macmillan, Aug 1, 2004 - Fiction - 352 pages
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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 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 worshipped as living gods. No one could 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, as they hold the fate of the empire in their hands. The Risen Empire is the first great space opera of the 21st century.
 

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Review: The Risen Empire (Succession #1)

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I really liked this book!!! I absolutely loved the Uglies series growing up, so when I discovered that Westerfeld wrote a space opera, I knew I had to try it. It did start out really slow though. It ... Read full review

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This book was fantastic. The world building was on the scale of classic Sci-Fi like Foundation or Dune, but with modern technology in mind. My biggest gripe about it is that it felt like half a book ... Read full review

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Contents

HOSTAGE SITUATION
1
Pilot
3
Captain
10
Executive Officer
14
Pilot
16
Doctor
20
Pilot
22
Compound Mind
27
LieutenantCommander
129
DECOMPRESSION
137
Senator
139
Executive Officer
153
Compound mind
159
Initiate
163
Captain
166
Commando
172

Captain
31
Initiate
33
Child Empress
36
Doctor
39
Compound mind
42
Child Empress
44
Executive Officer
45
LieutenantCommander
47
RESCUE ATTEMPT
69
Senator
71
Captain
81
Executive Officer
84
compound mind
85
Doctor
87
Admiral
88
Corporal
90
Captain
93
Senator
95
Compound mind
99
Doctor
100
Private
103
Pilot
106
Private
108
Pilot
109
Initiate
112
Captain
115
Corporal
116
Executive Officer
118
House
120
Senator
176
Executive Officer
182
Commando
186
Senator
190
Captain
196
Executive Officer
201
SenatorElect
205
HIGH GRAVITY
217
Senator
219
Adept
227
Captain
231
Militia Worker
237
Captain
245
Commando
250
Executive Officer
256
Senator
262
Militia Worker
268
Executive Officer
273
Militia Worker
280
Executive Officer
287
Commando
292
Senator
297
Executive Officer
302
Commando
307
Marine Private
313
Senator
319
LieutenantCommander
328
EPILOGUE
335
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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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