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Approaching Xanadu

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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.

Genre: Science Fiction

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Hardback Editions

January 2018 : USA Hardback

Title: Dark State: A Novel of the Merchant Princes Multiverse (Empire Games, Book II) (Empire Games (2))
Author(s): Charles Stross
ISBN: 0-7653-3757-6 / 978-0-7653-3757-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

November 1989 : UK Paperback

Title: Approaching Xanadu
Author(s): Charles Stross
ISBN: 1-872588-02-6 / 978-1-872588-02-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Back Brain Recluse
Availability: Amazon