Dark State: A Novel of the Merchant Princes Multiverse (Empire Games, Book II) (Paperback)

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This is book number 2 in the Empire Games series.


Hugo Award-winning author Charlie Stross dives deep into the underbelly of paratime espionage, nuclear warfare, and state surveillance in this provocative techno-thriller set in The Merchant Princes multi-verse

Dark State
ups the ante on the already volatile situations laid out in the sleek techno-thriller Empire Games, the start to Stross' new story-line, and perfect entry point for new readers, in The Merchant Princes series.

In the near-future, the collision of two nuclear superpowers across timelines, one in the midst of a technological revolution and the other a hyper-police state, is imminent. In Commissioner Miriam Burgeson’s timeline, her top level agents run a high risk extraction of a major political player. Meanwhile, a sleeper cell activated in Rita's, the Commissioner's adopted daughter and newly-minted spy, timeline threatens to unravel everything.

With a penchant for intricate world-building and an uncanny ability to realize alternate history and technological speculation, Stross' writing will captivate any reader who's a fan hi-tech thrillers, inter-dimensional political intrigue, and espionage.

About the Author

CHARLES STROSS (he/him) is a full-time science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has won three Hugo Awards for Best Novella, including for the Laundry Files tale “Equoid.” His work has been translated into over twelve languages. His novels include the bestselling Merchant Princes series, the Laundry series (including Locus Award finalist The Dilirium Brief), and several stand-alones including Glasshouse, Accelerando, and Saturn's Children.

Like many writers, Stross has had a variety of careers, occupations, and job-shaped catastrophes, from pharmacist (he quit after the second police stakeout) to first code monkey on the team of a successful dot-com startup (with brilliant timing, he tried to change employers just as the bubble burst) to technical writer and prolific journalist covering the IT industry. Along the way he collected degrees in pharmacy and computer science, making him the world’s first officially qualified cyberpunk writer.

Praise For…

"A nightmarish clash of arms, politics, and wills... Tension crackles from every page.... Sheer brilliance: when Stross is in this mood, nobody else comes close." —Kirkus, starred review, on Dark State

"Complexly plotted and with characters to match, Dark State exceeds the promise of Empire Games." Booklist, starred review

"No one beats [Stross] at hypertech." —The Wall Street Journal on Empire Games

"A well-written book, full of mystery and intrigue, with entire worlds at stake." —Michael Flynn on Empire Games

"If imagination is the key to success for a writer, Charles Stross has it in spades." —The Times (London) on Charles Stross

Praise for The Merchant Princes series

"The keen eye and what-if imagination of Charles Stross fuel a fresh look at alternate worlds."—David Brin

“Charles Stross¹s Merchant Princes novels are economic science fiction worth reading.” —Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author

“Great wit and high suspense.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“A festival of ideas in action, fast moving and often very funny.” —Locus

"A rollicking, pacy read that delivers on the fun." —Interzone

Product Details
ISBN: 9780765337603
ISBN-10: 0765337606
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2019
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Empire Games