Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
The Collapsing Empire
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
118 posts | 99 read | 3 reading | 81 to read
Our universe is ruled by physics and faster than light travel is not possible -- until the discovery of The Flow, an extra-dimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transport us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. Its a hedge against interstellar war -- and a system of control for the rulers of the empire. The Flow is eternal -- but it is not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. When its discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off all human worlds from faster than light travel forever, three individuals -- a scientist, a starship captain and the Empress of the Interdependency -- are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse. John Scalzi is the most entertaining, accessible writer working in SF today. Joe Hill "If anyone stands at the core of the American science fiction tradition at the moment, it is Scalzi." The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
review
tessavi
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image
Pickpick

Jumped straight into book two!

blurb
MidnightBookGirl
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

Doing a quick reread before #bookstore #bookclub tomorrow night and wearing some Halloween #lularoe. #TeamSlaughter #scarathalon @Clwojick

Readem I thought you were cutting the book 1mo
MidnightBookGirl @Readem Never! Well, unless it's an arc and I'm doing bookish artwork. ;)
1mo
36 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
Dogearedcopy
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image
Pickpick

🎧 Space Opera with all the fun, fast paced adventures and plenty of snark, tension and satisfying comeuppances! The audiobook narrator, Wil Wheaton seems to be enjoying himself too 🙂

This first-in-series does end with a cliffhanger and, I‘m kind of surprised I haven‘t downloaded the next title yet!

28 likes1 stack add
blurb
sidherinn
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
rretzler It‘s a good one! 5mo
2 likes1 comment
review
Lucy_Anywhere
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image
Pickpick

This space opera was so much fun to read, and exactly what I needed during a hectic week at work. Fun, fast, and foul-mouthed - it was a blast!

#scifi #spaceopera

blurb
litenthusiast
Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

It is a beautiful night to sit outside and read. Although I don't read a lot of scifi I am really enjoying this book.

Geeklet I really enjoyed that book. It‘s an easy read. Scalzi always writes the same type of characters but that‘s okay, I like his characters. I need to read the sequel. 7mo
litenthusiast @geeklet Thanks, I'm glad to hear it is a quick read. I have friends who really like his books, so I decided to try this one. I'm enjoying it so far. 7mo
28 likes2 comments
quote
alvingregorio
Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

“...you don‘t listen to the story. You listen to the pattern.” Words to live by!!!

rretzler I really enjoyed this book! 8mo
alvingregorio @rretzler I am having a blast with this one. Highly recommended. 7mo
rretzler The next one is good too! 7mo
17 likes1 stack add3 comments
blurb
alvingregorio
Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

2:30pm. Still in my PJs. Avoiding the pollen.

blurb
alvingregorio
Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

Loooong day at work. Collapsing with "Collapsing."

review
Decalino
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image
Pickpick

This was a fast, fun and f-bomb filled tale of political intrigue in a sprawling empire run by powerful Guild families, the Church of Interdependency, and an ailing Emperor. I loved the characters and can't wait to start the sequel, The Consuming Fire. Good stuff.

blurb
chaoticgoodhufflepuff
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

Tor.com eBook Club's March book is up until 11:59 PM, tomorrow night. You can download both a .mobi and an .epub! #torbookclub

https://ebookclub.tor.com

blurb
LauraJ
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

I just finished reading Old Man‘s War last night. I loved it! Then, lo and behold, this popped up this morning. Download here: https://ebookclub.tor.com/indexfb.aspx?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=orgpost&utm...

blurb
BooksAtNight
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

If you‘re a fan of John Scalzi, or if you want to try science fiction that is full of snarky characters and interesting ideas, try this book! Tor is giving away free ebook copies as part of their monthly book club. You just have to sign up (or already be signed up). As someone who hates spam mail, I can attest that they don‘t go overboard with sending you unwanted email. https://ebookclub.tor.com

wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing! I just signed up—I love Scalzi! 9mo
13 likes1 comment
blurb
LibrarianRyan
Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image
rretzler This was a very good book and great intro to the series. I‘m a big Scalzi fan (edited) 9mo
64 likes3 stack adds1 comment
blurb
Saknicole
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

New bed for a few months while I'm house sitting means I had to migrate short list of #TBR same stack new location 📚📚📚

review
suzisteffen
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
Pickpick

A re-read for my #sciencefiction book group. It was better the second time around because I‘d read the second book in the trilogy (series?) & understood some of what was coming. As someone in my book group pointed out, it‘s weird to have the whole empire/monarchy thing, and the Flow is kind of hand-wavy math, but it‘s interesting anyway ... here at the End of everything (HINT HINT CLIMATE CHANGE). Four ⭐️. Or rather 🚀🚀🚀🚀.

blurb
suzisteffen
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

Whoops! Read it when it came out and now re-reading, or perhaps skimming, for my #ScienceFiction #bookgroup tonight. Have read the second one, looking forward to tonight‘s discussion. 🚀📚

review
rretzler
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
Pickpick

Loved! Purchased the sequel immediately upon finishing. Scalzi‘s writing and Wil Wheaton‘s narration are perfect together. #2019

review
PickwickPlockPlock
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image
Mehso-so

Part of my latest library haul: In the far future, there's an empire of distant planets, only reachable by long space journeys. Then something happens... The story is told by several pov characters. I would have preferred more science and less politics. It wasn't my first Scalzi and probably not the last, but I don't think that I will continue this series.
For the #SFFTBRChallenge prompt Set in the future.
@DuckOfDoom

RamsFan1963 If you read the Old Man's War series, you noticed it moved from straight space opera action to a more politically oriented story as it progressed. I don't mind a little politics. I enjoyed this, but I haven't gotten around to the sequel yet. 11mo
PickwickPlockPlock @RamsFan1963 I read the Old Man's War series. It's been some time, I don't remember much details, but I think I enjoyed the first book the most. Maybe you hit on the reason why 🤔 11mo
RamsFan1963 @PickwickPlockPlock Yes it's more fun to read about the building of a Federation or Empire, than it is to read about the administration and bureaucracy of it. 11mo
48 likes3 comments
blurb
Saknicole
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

I saved this exciting package from @hermyknee for a post Christmas surprise! In addition to the book, Liz sent delicious smelling coffee, a book mark, sweet coffee cup, and literary pillow case! Thank you!! #bookmail #postchristmaschristmas

hermyknee Oh I‘m so glad you like everything! That coffee was a special edition, so you can‘t get it anymore! It‘s my favorite, so I hope you like it too! 12mo
13 likes1 comment
review
Eos462
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image
Mehso-so

Okay, I definitely didnt hate it. Its a good space opera. The characters were all mostly dicks, which I enjoy, but he failed at making me root for them in some way. It just wasnt the most engaging political intuige story ever, but shit is starting to go down at the end of the book, so maybe it will get better in the 2nd. Definitly will pick up book two at somepoint, I might try to wait for an audible sale.
#scifi #listentoallthebooks #audible

imyril Pretty much my feelings to a tee! Not sure how it got a Hugo nomination. It‘s okay fun but... not all that? 12mo
Eos462 @imyril while I enjoy Scalzi, I'm not sure I could get through his books if I was physically reading them. I never feel like - 'Holy shit, I need to know more! Please tell me more about XYZ' Kinda like I would put the book down and forget to read it again. 12mo
imyril I was pretty hooked on Locked In, but I could‘ve walked away from Collapsing Empire for sure 12mo
19 likes3 comments
blurb
hermyknee
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

And the Ninja has picked @Saknicole !!!

Please email me at hermykneegoespostal@gmail.com with your address so I can send some great intergalactic goodies your way!

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway! I‘ll be doing another one soon as I clear my shelves 💙💙💙

Kimberlone @Saknicole you won something!!! Also Jake read this series and really liked it (edited) 13mo
Saknicole @Kimberlone can't wait to read it! Thanks @hermyknee ! 13mo
hermyknee @Saknicole Im sorry it‘s taking me so long to get your box to you. It‘s all packed I just haven‘t gotten my tush over to the post office yet 😱😔 12mo
Saknicole @hermyknee no worries! Just blame it on the earthquake. It's been a convenient excuse here since Friday haha! Thanks again whenever you do 😁 12mo
58 likes4 comments
blurb
That-Bookish-Hiker
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

@hermyknee is doing a awesome giveaway. Go to her page and this post to enter. 😁😁😁

hermyknee Thanks for sharing! 13mo
27 likes1 comment
blurb
hermyknee
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

I‘m cleaning out my bookshelves and decided it‘s time for a giveaway! I loved John Scalzi‘s The Collapsing Empire and would love to send it to an interested litten with a few intergalactic / end-of-the-world goodies!

Enter by commenting the name of your favorite celestial body and/or sci-fi ‘verse on this post!

Open US Only.

Closes 11/25 at 10pm EST
*This is a super-quick giveaway so share with your sci-fi loving friends ASAP!*

Saknicole Battlestar Galactica! 13mo
riversong153 Whoniverse (I don‘t know if I made that up) but it‘s where Whovians like me wait for the Doctor. 13mo
TheSpineView I have always been interested in other galaxies and like the Andromeda galaxy the best. 13mo
See All 13 Comments
Kayla.Adriena Orion's Belt! 13mo
TheReadingMermaid Thank you for the tag sweetheart 🤗😘 13mo
JoScho Pinwheel Galaxy! For the tag friend 😊💜 13mo
ConstantReader1985 Favorite space thing: Saturn and her pretty rings. Favorite sci-fi universe: Star Wars 13mo
Pasteluniverse Stargate Universe for sure! 🤓 13mo
CSeydel Nice! Thanks for the opportunity. My favorite celestial body is Saturn‘s moon Titan. 13mo
LiterRohde Wrinkle Universe. 13mo
bookcollecter Awesome idea for a give away. My favorite is Supernova 1987A the "all seeing eye" 13mo
LibrarianRyan Sorry I didn‘t get a chance to share it. 13mo
Avanders 👆🏽👆🏽 me too ☹️ 13mo
55 likes13 comments
review
Mitch
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image
Pickpick

The idea that life as we know it is reaching its expiration date, yet we refuse to believe the science and take action before its to late...is a sobering premise for this book. I really enjoyed the story themes and the ideas, but to love it - I need to get more familiar with Scalzi clipped & comic narration. There were some fab characters, but the book read more like a film script than a novel and for me that left it a little bare.

tessavi This is on my TBR pile! 13mo
78 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
Eos462
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

#RRSciFiMonth - Day 1 Scifi TBR (Im playing catch up)
#scifi #TBR #novemberreads #firefly

imyril Hooray welcome to the SciFiMonth party! 13mo
Eos462 @imyril Thank you! 13mo
Lel2403 Love the Firefly bookmark 📖 13mo
15 likes1 stack add3 comments
blurb
Soubhiville
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

Yay #txbookfest! Starting in a minute: John Scalzi and VE Schwab!

jpmcwisemorgan We‘re in here too! 14mo
Mitch Ooh I‘ve just started reading my first Scalzi! 13mo
56 likes2 comments
blurb
Sara_Planz
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

Just getting ready to listen to John Scalzi and VE Schwab talk Sci fi like you do on a Sunday morning. #texasbookfestival

Soubhiville Hey I‘m here too! Along the center isle, girly Mohawk, brown hair, sunglasses on my head... hi! 14mo
44 likes1 comment
review
annkuch13
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image
Pickpick

This was so good!! Clever and fun and really great worldbuilding. And Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent! I highly recommend this!

blurb
DragonAuthors
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

Today only! The 2018 Locus Award winner Best Science Fiction Novel for just $2.99!

What if we solved space travel? And then, after we had settled countless planets, what if the solution showed signs of failing catastrophically? John Scalzi is one of the most entertaining science fiction authors writing today, and we‘re stoked that we found this deal!

https://dragonauthors.com/bookwyrms/2018/09/16/collapsing-empire/

#scifi #sciencefiction

hermyknee I loved this book! 1y
TheSpineView Great read! ❤📗 1y
DragonAuthors @hermyknee Awesome! We picked it up since it was on sale - and because Scalzi lol. Can't wait! 1y
DragonAuthors @TheSpineView Now I want to read it even more!!! 💖 1y
13 likes1 stack add4 comments
review
Well-ReadNeck
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image
Pickpick

Good solid space opera. Listened on audiobook, narrated by Wil Wheaton and enjoyed the narration. Book two is scheduled to come out in October, which is good because it ends with a cliffhanger. #audiobook

BookishTrish Is this part of the Old Mans War series? 1y
Well-ReadNeck @BookishTrish Nope. This is the first book in a new series: The Interdependency series. 1y
RamsFan1963 Great book. The sequel, The Consuming Fire, will be out in November. I can't wait!! 1y
BookishTrish Ooooh! Stacked! 1y
RamsFan1963 Ooops I was wrong. The Consuming Fire is coming out in October, the 16th to be exact. Yah!! Just in time for my birthday. 1y
98 likes1 stack add5 comments
review
Harry.Dietz
Pickpick

Entertaining

review
Geeklet
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
Mehso-so

Cool, so I have insomnia and I have to work in five hours. I finished this up instead of sleeping. Honestly, it‘s a pretty cool space book but it feels kinda average. The characters are so funny that I couldn‘t take the story very seriously. The characters are a bit one dimensional, although they have great zingers. I generally like Scalzi‘s work but it‘s not for everyone. The story ends on a bit of a cliffhanger which is a huge bummer.

Lauram Welcome to 1:30am!!!! I just got home from watching my niece and nephew. The Diet Coke I drank 2 hours ago seemed like such a great idea at the time. I hope you fall asleep soon. 1y
Geeklet @Lauram Finally got there! This morning is gonna be looong morning until I wake up. 1y
14 likes2 comments
quote
Geeklet
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

I don‘t particularly think Scalzi writes the best stuff but damned if he doesn‘t write hilarious dialogue.

blurb
Geeklet
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

I hope I get around to more but here‘s my #tbr list for July! I figured I needed some palette cleansers so this seem pretty good for me!

review
TheSpineView
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image
Pickpick

Great space opera. Well thoughtout and imaginative story. Great characters and narration by Wil Wheaton is excellent.

review
taraWritesSci
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image
Mehso-so

My first Scalzi read. I really liked the story premise, but the execution wasn't for me. It's like the author is trying really hard to be super edgy and it's coming across as just kinda gross or lazy. And the dumbest names for ships that I've ever read.

Review at Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2409126839

review
BooksAtNight
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image
Pickpick

John Scalzi does it again! I was feeling meh about this book and then bam! Halfway through I realized I had gotten invested in the people and the universe and now I can‘t wait for the next book.

21 likes1 stack add
review
Rbkh42
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image
Pickpick

“I‘m continually confronted with the human tendency to ignore or deny facts until the last possible instant. And then for several days after that, too.”

review
Lauredhel
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image
Pickpick

I've been a Scalzi fan for a long time (Lock In is my fave), and this book was great! It's the first book in a new universe, so if you don't want to go back and pick up Old Man's War, this is a terrific starting point into Scalzi. (Though I'll still always rec Lock In, too.) This is his most Bujoldesque book, so if you're a Vorkosigan fan, again a good place to start. Can't wait till the next installment.

61 likes3 stack adds
blurb
Lauredhel
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

Lauredhel And by truth, of course, I mean "lead-like sarcasm". 2y
44 likes1 comment
blurb
Lauredhel
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

Just finished Provenance, so it's on to Scalzi!

review
SailorJohn
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
Pickpick

Great story of greed, power and leadership. I especially liked the empress who did not want the job.

review
Dougcornelius
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
Pickpick

Great scifi

blurb
ness
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

The sequel to The Collapsing Empire comes out in October! *aggressively preorders*

12 likes2 stack adds
review
Eggbeater
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image
Pickpick

John Scalzi is one of my favorite authors and this is his best so far. There is a lot of quick wit, insight, and snarky humor.

I picked up a signed copy at @FountainBookstore from my favorite book seller @MidnightBookGirl a few months ago.

11 likes2 comments
blurb
sebrittainclark
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

A little late but here's a #shelfie for yesterday's #riotgram

blurb
onebookishlife
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image

Check out Apostrophe Book Box for a newly released book, coffee, and other #bookish goodies.

#booksubscriptionbox #bookish #bookishmerch #scifi #coffee #booksandcoffee #apostrophebox

Faerilybookish O.o that coffee looks yummy! 2y
onebookishlife @Faerilybookish It is SO good. A very dark roast. 2y
3 likes2 comments
review
bookwrm526
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image
Pickpick

Snow day for me today, but my husband had to work, so I‘m using the time to finish up some books 😍. I really enjoyed this one, though I understand Scalzi‘s sense of humor is not for everyone. And speaking as a person who curses like the proverbial sailor, there were a LOT of F-words. But it was a good adventure story. My cat keeps trying to steal my spot and my blanket....

50 likes2 stack adds
review
Giabow
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
post image
Pickpick

How I love me some Scalzi. I‘ve been waiting to read this for ages!