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Empire Games

(2017)
(The first book in the Empire Games series)
A novel by

 
 
Charles Stross builds a new series with Empire Games, expanding on the world he created in the Family Trade series, a new generation of paratime travellers walk between parallel universes.

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.

In another timeline, the U.S. has recruited Miriam's own estranged daughter to spy across timelines in order to bring down any remaining world-walkers who might threaten national security.

Two nuclear superpowers are set on a collision course. Two increasingly desperate paratime espionage agencies try 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 daughter - are about to find themselves on opposite sides of the confrontation.

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Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

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


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Used availability for Charles Stross's Empire Games

Hardback Editions

January 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Empire Games
Author(s): Charles Stross
ISBN: 1-5098-1486-8 / 978-1-5098-1486-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tor
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January 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Empire Games: A Tale of the Merchant Princes Universe
Author(s): Charles Stross
ISBN: 0-7653-3756-8 / 978-0-7653-3756-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

January 2019 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Empire Games: A Tale of the Merchant Princes Universe
Author(s): Charles Stross
ISBN: 0-7653-7101-4 / 978-0-7653-7101-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
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December 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Empire Games: A Tale of the Merchant Princes Universe
Author(s): Charles Stross
ISBN: 0-7653-3759-2 / 978-0-7653-3759-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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October 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Empire Games
Author(s): Charles Stross
ISBN: 1-4472-4628-4 / 978-1-4472-4628-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tor
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January 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Empire Games
Author(s): Charles Stross
ISBN: 1-4472-4539-3 / 978-1-4472-4539-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tor
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Audio Editions

August 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Empire Games: Empire Games, Book 1
Author(s): Charles Stross
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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August 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Empire Games: Empire Games, Book 1
Author(s): Charles Stross
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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August 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Empire Games: Empire Games, Book 1
Author(s): Charles Stross
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Empire Games
Author(s): Charles Stross
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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January 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Empire Games
Author(s): Charles Stross
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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Kindle Editions

January 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Empire Games
Author(s): Charles Stross
Publisher: Tor
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January 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Empire Games: A Tale of the Merchant Princes Universe
Author(s): Charles Stross
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA