Night Shade Books
On Sale: January 17, 2017
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Neil Clarke, publisher of the award-winning Clarkesworld
magazine, presents a collection of thought-provoking and
galaxy-spanning array of galactic short science fiction.
From E. E. "Doc" Smithâ€™s Lensman, to George Lucasâ€™ Star
Wars, the politics and process of Empire have been a
major subject of science fictionâ€™s galaxy-spanning fictions.
The idiom of the Galactic Empire allows science fiction
writers to ask (and answer) questions that are shorn of
contemporary political ideologies and allegiances. This
simple narrative slight of hand allows readers and writers
to see questions and answers from new and different
The stories in this book do just that. What social,
political, and economic issues do the organizing structure
of â€śempireâ€ť address? Often the size, shape, and fates of
empires are determined not only by individuals, but by
geography, natural forces, and technology. As the speed of
travel and rates of effective communication increase, so too
does the size and reach of an Imperial bureaucracy.Sic
itur ad astraâ€”â€śThus one journeys to the stars.â€ť
At the beginning of the twentieth century, writers such as
Kipling and Twain were at the forefront of these kinds of
narrative observations, but as the century drew to a close,
it was writers like Iain M. Banks who helped make science
fiction relevant. That tradition continues today, with
award-winning writers like Ann Leckie, whose 2013 debut
novel Ancillary Justice hinges upon questions of
imperialism and empire.
Here then is a diverse collection of stories that asks the
questions that science fiction asks best. Empire: How? Why?
And to what effect?
Table of Contents:
- â€śWinning Peaceâ€ť by Paul J. McAuley
- â€śNightâ€™s Slow Poisonâ€ť by Ann Leckie
- â€śAll the Painted Starsâ€ť by Gwendolyn Clare
- â€śFirstbornâ€ť by Brandon Sanderson
- â€śRiding the Crocodileâ€ť by Greg Egan
- â€śThe Lost Princess Manâ€ť by John Barnes
- â€śThe Waiting Starsâ€ť by Aliette de Bodard
- â€śAlien Archeologyâ€ť by Neal Asher
- â€śThe Muse of Empires Lostâ€ť by Paul Berger
- â€śGhostweightâ€ť by Yoon Ha Lee
- â€śA Cold Heartâ€ť by Tobias S. Buckell
- â€śThe Colonel Returns to the Starsâ€ť by Robert
- â€śThe Impossiblesâ€ť by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
- â€śUtriusque Cosmiâ€ť by Robert Charles Wilson
- â€śSection Sevenâ€ť by John G. Hemry
- â€śThe Invisible Empire of Ascending Lightâ€ť by Ken
- â€śThe Man with the Golden Balloonâ€ť by Robert Reed
- â€śLooking Through Laceâ€ť by Ruth Nestvold
- â€śA Letter from the Emperorâ€ť by Steve Rasnic Tem
- â€śThe Wayfarerâ€™s Adviceâ€ť by Melinda M. Snodgrass
- â€śSeven Years from Homeâ€ť by Naomi Novik
- â€śVerthandiâ€™s Ringâ€ť by Ian McDonald
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