History Literature / Succession

19th Nov '15 4:00:43 PM frogpatrol
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The Risen Empire are made up of the Eighty Worlds, planets ruled by the Risen Emperor, who found a way to become immortal in order to save his twelve-year-old sister. This defeat of the Old Enemy, death, led to his becoming the ruler of the empire along the Senate with his sister, the Child Empress, for 1600 years; anyone who is "elevated" (i.e. considered worthy) who dies cleanly can be given the symbiant, [[ResurrectionImmortality which returns them to life]]. Of the other civilizations, the most prominent is the Rix Cult, cyborg women devoted to spreading compound minds (meaning intelligent AI that takes over anything electronic it can get access). The Empire and the Rix are often at odds with each other, as most of the Empire sees intelligent machines as unnatural.

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The Risen Empire are made up of the Eighty Worlds, planets ruled by the Risen Emperor, who found a way to become immortal in order to save his twelve-year-old sister. This defeat of the Old Enemy, death, led to his becoming the ruler of the empire along the Senate with his sister, the Child Empress, for 1600 years; anyone who is "elevated" (i.e. considered worthy) who dies cleanly can be given the symbiant, [[ResurrectionImmortality [[ResurrectiveImmortality which returns them to life]]. Of the other civilizations, the most prominent is the Rix Cult, cyborg women devoted to spreading compound minds (meaning intelligent AI that takes over anything electronic it can get access). The Empire and the Rix are often at odds with each other, as most of the Empire sees intelligent machines as unnatural.
19th Nov '15 3:59:51 PM frogpatrol
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''Succession'' consists of two novels, ''The Risen Empire'' and ''The Killing of Worlds'', by ScottWesterfeld. The series takes place several millenia into the future, when humanity has spread and altered itself vastly.

The Risen Empire are eighty planets (the Eighty Worlds) ruled by the Risen Emperor, a man who found a way to become immortal in order to save his twelve-year-old sister. This defeat of the Old Enemy, death, led to his becoming the ruler of the empire along the Senate with his sister, the Child Empress, for 1600 years; anyone who is 'elevated' (considered worthy of reanimation) who dies cleanly can be given the symbiant, which brings the dead person back to life. Other civilizations also exist; the most prominent is the Rix Cult, which is a race of cyborg women devoted to spreading compound minds (intelligent AI that takes over anything electronic it can get access to). The Empire and the Rix are often at odds with each other, as most of the Empire sees intelligent machines as unnatural.

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''Succession'' '''Sucession''' consists of the two novels, ''The Risen Empire'' and ''The Killing of Worlds'', by ScottWesterfeld. The series takes They take place several millenia into the future, when humanity has spread and altered itself vastly.

The Risen Empire are eighty made up of the Eighty Worlds, planets (the Eighty Worlds) ruled by the Risen Emperor, a man who found a way to become immortal in order to save his twelve-year-old sister. This defeat of the Old Enemy, death, led to his becoming the ruler of the empire along the Senate with his sister, the Child Empress, for 1600 years; anyone who is 'elevated' (considered worthy of reanimation) "elevated" (i.e. considered worthy) who dies cleanly can be given the symbiant, [[ResurrectionImmortality which brings returns them to life]]. Of the dead person back to life. Other civilizations also exist; other civilizations, the most prominent is the Rix Cult, which is a race of cyborg women devoted to spreading compound minds (intelligent (meaning intelligent AI that takes over anything electronic it can get access to).access). The Empire and the Rix are often at odds with each other, as most of the Empire sees intelligent machines as unnatural.



Two of Westerfeld's first published novels, it's easy to see where inspiration and concepts in his later works came from. It is in need of WikiMagic.

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Two As two of Westerfeld's first published earliest novels, it's easy to see where inspiration and concepts in his later works came from. It is in need of WikiMagic.
9th Sep '14 6:55:14 AM cheklonam
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** Rana and the [[spoiler: Rix commando]].

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** Rana and the [[spoiler: Rix commando]].H_rd]].
20th Jun '13 10:25:42 PM Zaptech
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* AIIsACrapshoot: Played with. The AIs are hostile to the protagonists, but only because the Risen Empire itself is violently opposed to compound minds because the Emperor ''really'' hates the idea of competition.

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* AIIsACrapshoot: Played with. The AIs are hostile to the protagonists, Imperials, but only because the Risen Empire itself is violently opposed to compound minds because the Emperor ''really'' hates the idea of competition.
20th Jun '13 10:23:09 PM Zaptech
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* AIIsACrapshoot: Played with. The AIs are hostile to the protagonists, but only because the Risen Empire itself is violently opposed to compound minds because the Emperor ''really'' hates the idea of competition.
20th Jun '13 10:21:03 PM Zaptech
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* GenreSavvy: Alexander notes that, based upon his entire library of millions of books, plays, and video games, that [[RevealingCoverup governments that hide secrets do so at their own peril]].
16th Jun '12 7:28:05 AM DavidCowie
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''The Risen Empire'' begins with the Rix taking the Child Empress hostage in order to spread a compound mind on her home planet, Legis XV. Captain Laurent Zai, a war hero piloting a prototype reconnaissance starship in the Legis system, is commanded to save her and the political prisoners also trapped with her. These hostages are so important that any of their deaths on Zai's part will lead to an Error of Blood, a ritual suicide without reanimation for not completing the Emperor's wishes. Complicating things on Zai's end further is his relationship with Nara Oxham, a senator who he's fallen in love with and who is openly against reanimation and the Emperor's rule. The plot thickens through many desperate twists and battles as Oxham and Zai try to keep the empire and each other from falling apart. The books were originally meant to be one book but were split for publishing reasons, so ''The Risen Empire'' just kind of ends; ''The Killing of Worlds'' picks up directly where it leaves off.

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''The Risen Empire'' begins with the Rix taking the Child Empress hostage in order to spread a compound mind on her home planet, Legis XV. Captain Laurent Zai, a war hero piloting a prototype reconnaissance starship in the Legis system, is commanded to save her and the political prisoners also trapped with her. These hostages are so important that any of their deaths on Zai's part will lead to an Error of Blood, a ritual suicide without reanimation for not completing the Emperor's wishes. Complicating things on Zai's end further is his relationship with Nara Oxham, a senator who he's fallen in love with and who is openly against reanimation and the Emperor's rule. The plot thickens through many desperate twists and battles as Oxham and Zai try to keep the empire and each other from falling apart. The books were originally meant to be one book but [[DividedForPublication were split for publishing reasons, reasons]], so ''The Risen Empire'' just kind of ends; ''The Killing of Worlds'' picks up directly where it leaves off.


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* DividedForPublication: But it's one 704-page volume in UK paperback.
12th Feb '12 10:16:29 PM Falco
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* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Averted for the most part. Westerfeld takes time needed to travel and space distances into consideration, with travel between the distant Legis system and the Empire's central planet, Home, taking ten years in absolute time. The series also has two different scales, one the vast reaches of space and the other on the level of nanotechnology.



* SmartHouse: Nara Oxham owns one that Laurent visits.



* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Averted for the most part. Westerfeld takes time needed to travel and space distances into consideration, with travel between the distant Legis system and the Empire's central planet, Home, taking ten years in absolute time. The series also has two different scales, one the vast reaches of space and the other on the level of nanotechnology.
9th Nov '11 3:38:08 PM Falco
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* BulletTime: One of Zhai's marines has reflexes in the top hundredth-percentile for the ''entire human race'', so he spends his entire life like this.

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* BulletTime: One of Zhai's Zai's marines has reflexes in the top hundredth-percentile for the ''entire human race'', so he spends his entire life like this.
9th Nov '11 12:48:04 PM Discar
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* BulletTime: One of Zhai's marines has reflexes in the top hundredth-percentile for the ''entire human race'', so he spends his entire life like this.
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