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Dude! They freed the Unseen! Maybe.
@zac-black An Empire. That's collapsing :D. (Well, it *is*...)
No, seriously, it's a very classical space opera in that there is a very old civilization built on certain principles and people going about from system to system and tons of political machinations and all of those things.... leavened with Scalzi's sense of humor.... and there are multiple point of view characters, one of whom is the new Emperox, never intended to be an emperox, suddenly stuck being one, aaaaaand... I'm not sure how much more to say.
There's space ship stuff and political stuff and arguing and sex and stuff blowing up and sometimes it's really funny and sometimes it's quite depressing.
And I am really looking forward to the next one.
Without spoilers, were you happy with the ending of Seveneves? I've actually been warned off it quite stringently by someone who is insightful about such things and doesn't think I actually want to read it, based precisely on the last third, so ever since then - even though I probably WON'T ever read it (this person has never warned me off anything else) - I've been mightily curious what everyone thinks about the book.
I was deliberately waiting to listen to these until I could curl up somewhere and listen to them all in order without interruptions.
I'm very glad I did.
Thank you for this excavation.
Scalzi's one of those authors I know I'll love but still haven't gotten around to reading yet (even though I have Old Man's War and Redshirts sitting on my bookshelf); what's Collapsing Empire about?
I got a good solid bunch of reading done over the last few weeks: I finally read the last third of that Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, which I'd left off on a couple years ago, and then tore through Dan Simmons' Hyperion (which is a stone classic, really great stuff) and then the Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O, a Stephenson collab with Nicole Galland that was a fun combo of fantasy, sci-fi and historical fiction.
I just saw this post and as a giant Battletech fan and I'm so excited to see that this game is still spreading to new generations and new players. And yes, Jaybird is right, a 3-hour session is definitely a pretty quick one, relatively speaking.