Waiting on Wednesday [222] – EMPIRE GAMES by Charles Stross


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine, and is a fun way to share upcoming books that you’re excited about with other bloggers and readers. This month I’m celebrating all things science fiction with weekly sci-fi Waiting on Wednesday picks! Here’s what I’m excited about this week (complete with animated cover!):

empire-gamesThe 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 first 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.


Empire Games by Charles Stross, releases in January 2017 from Tor Books. Wow, this sounds great! A complex mother/daughter/spy/SF novel sounds like something I need right now:-)

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Posted November 9, 2016 by Tammy in Waiting on Wednesday / 15 Comments


15 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday [222] – EMPIRE GAMES by Charles Stross

  1. This does sound like an intense read. I don’t read a lot of sci-fi and am trying to move into it slowly so it may be too much for me. However, I am loving everyone’s Sci-fi month posts because it’s giving me some great insight into the genre.
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    • Tammy

      The things I like about sci-fi is that there really are lots of subgenres, so I think there is something for everyone.

    • Tammy

      I feel like I might have one or two of his Laundry Files books, might have to search my shelves and see one of these days. He’s been writing for quite some time, I think.

    • Tammy

      I’ve heard good things about his Laundry Files series so I figure I really should read something by Stross:-D

  2. Dayum, sounds good. Especially revelant after, ahem, yesterday. And Brexit a little earlier this year too.
    Animated cover though? That’s pretty awesome!
    By the way. I’m totally jealous, your blog is so beautiful. Can’t get mine to look like ANYTHING I want. Please tell me it comes with time, haha. So I can feel better 😀
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    • Tammy

      Oh, your are so sweet:-) I was actually thinking of doing a blog redesign soon (maybe I’m just tired of it). But yes, I’ve been blogging for 5 years so I’ve learned a lot about all aspects of blogging, including design.

      • I’ve found that finding the right theme is the hardest. Because you have to tweak it for an hour or two to find out if it can do the things you want it to do. And then, having invested all those hours, you have to drop it if it doesn’t have what you want. That’s the worst for me cause I just haven’t got that time -.-
        Your blog looks really nice though, no need to redesign, unless you’re tired of it, of course 🙂
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  3. I also haven’t read Stross – perhaps this could be the first one.
    I love the cover with it’s animation.
    Lynn 😀