Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Risen Empire - Scott Westerfeld

Warhammer 40,000 and the Chronicles of Riddick vs The Culture and The Matrix.

Or something like that. In the Risen Empire the ruling class has functional immortality, but the catch is that they are dead.

Political opponents say this causes stagnation, and, indeed, other races and cultures are advancing a lot faster than they are, technologically.

The Rix exist to seed planets with AI minds, and the captain of a ship that failed to stop the kidnapping and killing of the Emperor's sister is ordered to try and stop the new AI incursion into their space from communicating with a battleship.

3.5 out of 5

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