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Empire Games: A Tale of the Merchant Princes…
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Empire Games: A Tale of the Merchant Princes Universe (Empire Games, 1) (vuoden 2017 painos)

– tekijä: Charles Stross (Tekijä)

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"The year is 2020. It's seventeen years since the Revolution overthrew the last king of the New British Empire, and the newly reconstituted North American Commonwealth is developing rapidly, on course to defeat the French and bring democracy to a troubled world. But Miriam Burgeson, commissioner in charge of the shadowy Ministry of Intertemporal Research and Intelligence--the paratime espionage agency tasked with catalyzing the Commonwealth's great leap forward--has a problem. For years, she's warned everyone: "The Americans are coming." Now their drones arrive in the middle of a succession crisis--the leader of the American Commonwealth is dying and the vultures are circling. In another timeline, the U.S. has recruited Rita, Miriam's estranged daughter, to spy across timelines and bring down any remaining world-walkers who might threaten national security. But her handlers are keeping information from her. Two nuclear superpowers are set on a collision course. Two increasingly desperate paratime espionage agencies are fumbling around in the dark, trying to find a solution to the firs- contact problem that doesn't result in a nuclear holocaust. And two women--a mother and her long-lost, adopted daughter--are about to find themselves on opposite sides of the confrontation"--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Empire Games: A Tale of the Merchant Princes Universe (Empire Games, 1)
Kirjailijat:Charles Stross (Tekijä)
Info:Tor Books (2017), Edition: Reissue, 336 pages
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First of the second series of Merchant Princes books by Charles Stross, where the ability to move between worlds is restricted to a few with the right gene, but the economic and military effects of the linkage between parallel universes is profound. Some very good setup of the intelligence connections between a world rather like ours, except with an even bigger disruptive event than 9/11, and another where a newish revolutionary regime in the east of North America is teetering on the brink of governance breakdown, with the added drama of the family relationship between the two protagonists. Looking forward to the next one. ( )
  nwhyte | Aug 27, 2021 |
I put off reading this Stross novel for the weirdest of reasons. I assumed, based on the blurb, (if not the series caption,) that it was part of the Merchant Princes books.

I was right. And I was wrong.

Much time has passed since the events of those Merchant Princes novels. We get to return to Miriam and her beau and her missing child, but best of all, the Merchant Princes are DONE. Revolution and a new government have taken over this alternate timeline, but as with all these Princes, there's a bit of traveling still going on. In fact, there's a lot.

Our America is its comfortable near-police state and it has technological means to travel across alternate worlds thanks to the necessity of protecting itself after that little bit of the destruction of the White House. The other world is trying desperately to learn from the mistakes of all previous revolutions and do it right and smart, avoiding all the pitfalls.

Unfortunately, our America is PARANOID as hell. It's all cold-war with them and this novel is a pretty pure piece of spy action, misunderstandings, lies, and pretty impressive political thought.

It just happens to revolve around neighboring time-lines, impressive world-building, and mysteries that go quite a bit deeper. Such as the old, old America that was technologically advanced but is now dead. Never mind that all our cold-war action is BETWEEN different Americas. :)

I was very impressed. I read all the other Merchant Princes novels and enjoyed them well enough even if I don't really put them on the same level as the rest of Stross's works, but they were fine. This one, however, got me excited about it all once again.

This is the beginning of a new series even if it's an offshoot of the old. I was right and wrong. :)

Fortunately, I don't really think it's all that necessary to read the previous ones to get this. It just helps if you want to know WHERE it all came from. From feudal world-walkers controlling an epic smuggling empire to the revolution that freed a whole people from THAT to a game of empires where both sides can sneak nukes across world-lines. :)
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  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Seventeen years ago the Monarch of the New British Empire was overthrown. Since then power has steadily transferred to the North American Commonwealth. They are on course to defeat the French and return democracy once again. However, the commissioner of the shadowy Ministry of Intertemporal Research and Intelligence tasked with monitoring the movement of people through the paratime links between the parallel worlds has been warning that the Americans are coming. No one believed Miriam Burgeson but as the leader’s health fails, the first American drones appear in the skies.

In another timeline and a different America, Rita has been identified as world-walker, an individual who can switch between the parallel worlds with ease. She is a feisty individual, not completely sure why a shadowy agency wants her but presented with precisely no choice in the matter. First, she must be trained, undergo surgery and be indoctrinated, but the time is cut shorter as the pressure grows on the US to find out what is happening in the world alongside theirs. The perils of first contact between the worlds is heightened as they both have nuclear capability and no one knows if this battle will go white hot once again.

This is a fast-paced mash-up of the spy and military genres set in a near future sci-fi world; or should that be worlds. There is plenty of drama in the plot, with the odd twist that enhances the storyline no end. Like all good sci-fi books, it manages to mess with your head whilst sounding eminently plausible, the various societies that Stross has created do take a while to get your head around too. It leaves many questions unanswered making the ending a little bit scrappy, but as it is the beginning of a series, I don’t mind that so much. Very much looking forward to the next one. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
To quote from the back cover blurb: "The year is 2020. Two nuclear superpowers across time lines, one in the midst of a technological revolution and the other a hyperpolice state, are set on a collision course"

That's a good way to summarize the situation, guess which one of those two is 'our' timeline! If you guessed 'hyperpolice state', you win and the NSA will be stopping by very soon to pick you up. Just kidding, but it is clear that Mr. Stross is warning us about the increasing level of surveillance and police powers in the country today. This book was written in 2016, so he wasn't predicting very far in the future.
He is using multiple timelines of very similar Earths with time hopping people to get his point across about the current state of the country. Mr. Stross is from the UK, so take his opinions with a bit of a grain of salt, but the warning is a good one to think about.
I found this interesting and the characters engaging, even jumping in here at book 7 without reading the previous books. It was pretty clear I'd jumped into the middle of a series, a few parts felt like summaries, but not overtly. Very good stuff, I'll be going back and reading the previous and following books. ( )
1 ääni Karlstar | Feb 13, 2020 |
My entry into the Merchant Paratime series. Wonderfully built world and nice characterisation for the leads. ( )
  brakketh | Oct 7, 2019 |
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"The year is 2020. It's seventeen years since the Revolution overthrew the last king of the New British Empire, and the newly reconstituted North American Commonwealth is developing rapidly, on course to defeat the French and bring democracy to a troubled world. But Miriam Burgeson, commissioner in charge of the shadowy Ministry of Intertemporal Research and Intelligence--the paratime espionage agency tasked with catalyzing the Commonwealth's great leap forward--has a problem. For years, she's warned everyone: "The Americans are coming." Now their drones arrive in the middle of a succession crisis--the leader of the American Commonwealth is dying and the vultures are circling. In another timeline, the U.S. has recruited Rita, Miriam's estranged daughter, to spy across timelines and bring down any remaining world-walkers who might threaten national security. But her handlers are keeping information from her. Two nuclear superpowers are set on a collision course. Two increasingly desperate paratime espionage agencies are fumbling around in the dark, trying to find a solution to the firs- contact problem that doesn't result in a nuclear holocaust. And two women--a mother and her long-lost, adopted daughter--are about to find themselves on opposite sides of the confrontation"--

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