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The Thousand Emperors (Final Days 2) [Hardcover]

Gary Gibson
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7 Jun 2012 Final Days 2

Archivist Luc Gabion has finally achieved his life's goal — of bringing down Winchell Antonov, head of the Black Lotus terrorist organisation, and the scourge of the Tian Di’s stellar empire for countless years.

But instead of feeling victorious, the encounter has left him scarred. Forcibly implanted with a technology far in advance of anything he's encountered before, Luc sees and hears things he knows he's not supposed to. Worse, the technology is killing him, slowly. So when he finds himself investigating the murder of one of the Tian Di’s ruling clique, the Thousand Emperors, he knows he's in real trouble. Any one of them could be the killer, and any one of them could have him put to death on a whim.

Worse, the dead man is the architect of the coming Reunification: two great civilisations, separated for centuries by old enmities, are about to reunite in a new age of peace and prosperity. But it soon becomes clear that someone out there is willing to do anything to make sure that day never comes.

Praise for Gary Gibson: ‘High-octane action, terrific future tech and a superbly imagined alien civilisation …a page-turning belter’ Daily Mail, ‘A violent, inventive, relentlessly gripping adventure’ The Times, ‘Gibson has produced a seriously entertaining sci-fi page turner’ SFX


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230748783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230748781
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Prior to becoming a professional writer, Gary Gibson worked for an environmental agency, but left shortly after other members of staff attempted to levitate a local bridge as a protest against road traffic.

Following this, he worked as a graphic designer for a printing firm that turned out to be run by a gang of convicted forgers, hastening his departure, and then for a small publishing company otherwise notable only for producing a Freddie Mercury impersonator well-known on the Scottish cabaret circuit. Until recently he resided in Taipei with his wife, and is pleased to say that the only lunatic he has to answer to these days is himself.

He has a blog at www.garygibson.net.

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Praise for Gary Gibson:

‘Relentlessly gripping adventure’The Times

‘To be considered alongside the leading triumvirate of British hard SF writers: Al Reynolds, Peter Hamilton, and Neal Asher’Guardian

‘Gibson has certainly proved himself a name to watch' SFX

About the Author

Gary Gibson, who has worked as a graphic designer and magazine editor in his home town of Glasgow, began writing at the age of fourteen. He lives in Glasgow. His previous novels include the Shoal series (Stealing Light, Nova War, Empire of Light) plus the stand-alone books Angel Stations, Against Gravity and Final Days.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying sci-fi detective experience 9 Dec 2012
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Better than Final Days, not improvement in characters, but in balance between investigative and action parts. Previous book had focus on more in action parts.

Things that tickled my imagination in Final Days was the Founder Network and i was curious the know more of them, which i did, but not enough, so please Mr. Gibson, i need one or more book heavy on Founders stuff. I got sucked in the plot, kept me guessing almost to end, just right amount of twist and turns.

World building was good and keeping mind that this is only 350 or so pages, that's something, you don't necessary need 1000 + pages like Peter F. Hamilton and hundreds of characters to make it work, though Hamilton is still master at epic-sci-fi.

Style of writing in sci-fi tends to be sometimes heavy on technobabble side and all those fancy future stuff overshadow story and characters, for example like in The Quantum Thief, not in Gibson writing, you get your tech stuff, but they serve the story.

There are some loose ends, like Inimicals and once again Founder Network get's only teasing, come on! I need my Founder trilogy or something! All the Lovecraftian glimpses of ancient aliens got me going so there is no excuse to not to tell more. Fine book, and i really need to read Shoal trilogy
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By Kate TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Final Days (Final Days 1) is one of my favourite SF novels, so much of a favourite is it that I was strangely deterred from reading its successor, The Thousand Emperors. I had no need to fear. Gary Gibson is a writer of the highest order and The Thousand Emperors didn't just match Final Days, it exceeded it. Strengthening the appeal of them both is that each can be read as stand alone novels and have little to do with one another beyond their links to the hugely intriguing Founders Network. I would recommend you read Final Days first, though, simply because it is marvellous (this review refers to events in Final Days).

The Thousand Emperors is set a few centuries after the events of Final Days. Earth is now dead and humanity's survivors are scattered across the Galaxy on planets once connected by a network of wormholes but now split into two civilisations, the Coalition and Tian Di, where the novel is mostly set. The Tian Di empire broke free of the Coalition and severed all connecting wormholes, choosing to be ruled by a council of a thousand - the thousand emperors of the title. In truth, power rests on the the shoulders of far fewer near immortal individuals, the Temur Council of 85, led by Father Cheng. These are interesting times. Reunification with the Coalition is at last a real possibility, a connecting wormhole is being prepared. However, after centuries of indolence, the Tian Di is ripe for revolt again, but this time from within.

The rebellious force Black Lotus picks for its weapon Luc Gabion, an archivist who is seized by the leading rebel who inserts into his brain some kind of advanced technology which gives him the power to see visions and hear things he shouldn't.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 25 Oct 2012
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Once again, Gibson delivers some very high-quality science fiction.

This novel is set in the same "Final Days" universe as Gibson's previous novel, but is entirely self-contained. It's essentially a detective story set several centuries from now, where the protagonist, Luc Gabion, gets involved in a web of intrigue in the upper echelons of his civilisation, the "Tian Di" as it prepares to reunite with the Posthuman Coalition after decades of isolation- brought about by the severing of the wormhole connections between the two.

The plot is constantly engaging and gripping, building up to a satisfying conclusion. Each of the characters is well-drawn and believable. Apart from the protagonist, they aren't all that likeable, but nevertheless I enjoyed their web of politics and in-fighting.

The only problem (and it is a minor one) was the subplot revolving around the spy Jacob Moreland, who inflitrates the Coalition on behalf of the Tian Di. His story was the only part of the novel that didn't follow Luc's investigation, and it didn't really go anywhere in the end, despite a bit of buildup.

Apart from that though, a very good scifi novel, and highly recommended for any Gibson fans, as well as any other fans of science fiction.
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