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On the (Digital) Road: Tor Author Events in October

We are in a time of social distancing, but your favorite Tor authors are still coming to screens near you in the month of October! Check out where you can find them here:

V. E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

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Tuesday, October 6
The Center for Fiction, in conversation with Julia Whelan
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6:00 PM ET

Wednesday, October 7
Books & Books, in conversation with Rebecca Roanhorse
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6:00 PM ET

Thursday, October 8
Quail Ridge Books, in conversation with Naomi Novik
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6:00 PM ET

Friday, October 9
One More Page Books, in conversation with Patricia Riley
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6:00 PM ET

Sunday, October 11
Brookline Booksmith, in conversation with Holly Black
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6:00 PM ET

Monday, October 12
Blue Willow Bookshop, in conversation with Marlon James + Alice Sola Kim
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6:00 PM CT

Tuesday, October 13
Joseph-Beth Booksellers, in conversation with Tochi Onyebuchi
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6:00 PM ET

Wednesday, October 14
Anderson’s Bookshop, in conversation with John Scalzi
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6:00 PM CT

Thursday, October 15
Old Firehouse Books, in conversation with Samantha Shannon
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6:00 PM MT

Friday, October 16
University Bookstore, in conversation with Madeline Miller
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6:00 PM PT

Saturday, October 17
Skylight Books, in conversation with Taylor Jenkins Reid
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6:00 PM PT

Sunday, October 18
Mysterious Galaxy, in conversation with Felicia Day
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2:00 PM PT

Sarah Kozloff, A Queen in Hiding, Brian Naslund, Sorcery of a Queen, Lavie Tidhar, By Force Alone

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Wednesday, October 7
Katy Budget Books, Fantasy Virtual Panel
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12:00 PM ET

Cory Doctorow, Attack Surface

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Tuesday, October 13
The Strand, in conversation with Ron Deibert and Eva Galperin on ‘Politics & Protest’
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8:00 PM ET

Wednesday, October 14
Brookline Booksmith, in conversation with Amber Benson and ​John Rogers on ‘Cross-Medium SciFi’
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8:00 PM ET

Thursday, October 15
The Booksmith, in conversation with Malkia Cyril and Meredith Whittaker on ‘Race, Surveillance, and Tech and Its History’
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5:00 PM PT

Friday, October 16
Fountain Bookstore, in conversation with Sarah Gailey and Chuck Wendig on ‘SciFi Genre’
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6:00 PM ET

Monday, October 19
Anderson’s Bookshop, in conversation with Bruce Sterling and Chris Brown on ‘Cyberpunk and Post-Cyberpunk’
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7:00 PM CT

Tuesday, October 20
Interabang, in conversation with Ken Liu and Annalee Newitz on ‘Tech in SciFi’
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7:00 PM CT

Wednesday, October 21
Skylight Books, in conversation with Tochi Onyebuchi and Bethany C. Morrow on ‘Little Revolutions’
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5:00 PM PT

Thursday, October 22
Third Place Books, in conversation with Runa Sandvik and Window Snyder​ on ‘OpSec & Personal Cyber-Security: How Can You Be Safe?’
Register Here
5:00 PM PT

Mary Robinette Kowal, The Relentless Moon

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Wednesday, October 21
Old Firehouse Books
Zoom
7:00 PM MT

Patrick Tomlinson, In the Black

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Wednesday, October 21
Future Telling Conference
Register Here
6:00 PM CT

John Scalzi, The Last Emperox

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Thursday, October 29
The Strand, in conversation with Rebecca Roanhorse
Zoom
7:00 PM ET

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On the (Digital) Road: Tor Author Events in September

We are in a time of social distancing, but your favorite Tor authors are still coming to screens near you in the month of September! Check out where you can find them here:

Gregory Benford and Larry Niven, Glorious

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Wednesday, September 2
Second Life
More Information Here
12:00 PM PT

Jenn Lyons, The Memory of Souls, Ryan Van Loan, The Sin in the Steel

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Wednesday, September 2
Gibson’s Bookstore, in conversation with Andrea Hairston
Zoom
7:00 PM ET

David Mack, The Shadow Commission

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Thursday, September 3
Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop
Streamyard
6:00 PM CT

Christopher Paolini, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

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Tuesday, September 15
Barnes & Noble, in conversation with Tad Williams
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7:00 PM CT

Wednesday, September 16
Doylestown Bookshop, in conversation with Chuck Wendig
Crowdcast
7:00 PM ET

Friday, September 18
Anderson’s Bookshop, in conversation with Jennifer Hale
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7:00 PM CT

Sunday, September 20
Cuyahoga Public Library, in conversation with John Scalzi
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7:00 PM CT

Monday, September 21
Quail Ridge Books, in conversation with Pierce Brown
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7:00 PM ET

Tuesday, September 22
Left Bank Books, in conversation with Ann Leckie
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7:00 PM CT

Thursday, September 24
Hicklebee’s Books, SFF Writing Class
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10:00 PM ET

Friday, September 25
King’s English, in conversation with Brandon Sanderson
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9:00 PM ET

Saturday, September 26
Tattered Cover, Nerd Trivia Night hosted by Paolini
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9:00 PM ET

Sunday, September 27
Third Place Books, in conversation with James Rollins
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10:00 PM ET

John Scalzi, The Last Emperox

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Wednesday, September 16
Cuyahoga County Library in conversation with Terry Virts
Zoom
7:00 PM ET

Jenn Lyons, The Memory of Souls, Brian Naslund, Sorcery of a Queen

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Thursday, September 24
Towne Book Center
Zoom
7:00 PM ET

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On the (Digital) Road: Tor Author Events in August

We are in a time of social distancing, but your favorite Tor authors are still coming to screens near you in the month of August! Check out where you can find them here:

Kit Rocha, Deal with the Devil

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Tuesday, August 4
Tor After Dark
Instagram Live
7:00 PM ET

Daniel Kraus, The Living Dead

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Tuesday, August 4
Powell’s in conversation with Mary Roach
Zoom
6:00 PM PT

Wednesday, August 5
Book Soup in conversation with Grady Hendrix
Crowdcast
6:00 PM PT’

Thursday, August 6
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, in conversation with Josh Malerman
Crowdcast
7:00 PM PT

Tuesday, August 11
Anderson’s Bookshop, in conversation with Megan Abbott
Zoom
8:30 PM CT

Wednesday, August 12
Doylestown Bookshop, reading and Q & A with Gabino Iglesias
Zoom
6:30 PM ET

Thursday, August 20
Fountain Bookstore, in Conversation with Stephanie Kuehn
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6:00 PM ET

Mary Robinette Kowal, The Relentless Moon

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Wednesday, August 5
University Bookstore in conversation with Fonda Lee
Zoom
6:00 PM PT

Friday, August 7
Poisoned Pen, in conversation with Pat King
Zoom
8:00 PM ET

Saturday, August 8
Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester
Zoom
2:00 PM ET

John Scalzi, The Last Emperox

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Thursday, August 6
Kepler’s in conversation with Lindsay Ellis
Zoom
4:00 PM ET

Mary Robinette Kowal, The Relentless Moon and Kate Elliott, Unconquerable Sun

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Thursday, August 6
Riverstone Books, authors in conversation
Zoom
7:00 PM ET

Brian Naslund, Sorcery of a Queen, Curtis Craddock, The Last Uncharted Sky

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Tuesday, August 11
Old Firehouse Books, authors in conversation
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7:00 PM MT

David Mack, The Shadow Commission

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Thursday, August 13
Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop
Streamyard
6:00 PM CT

Lavie Tidhar, By Force Alone

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Sunday, August 16
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, in conversation with Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Crowdcast
1:00 PM PT

Saturday, August 22
Chevalier’s Books in conversation with Ian McDonald
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12:00 PM ET

Gregory Benford and Larry Niven, Glorious

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Thursday, August 20
Midtown Reader
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6:00 PM ET

Jenn Lyons, The Memory of Souls

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Tuesday, August 25
Read It Again Books
Streamyard
7:00 PM ET

Wednesday, August 26
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
Zoom
7:00 PM PT

Friday, August 28
Toadstool Bookshop
4:00 PM ET

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On the (Digital) Road: Tor Author Events in June

We are in a time of social distancing, but your favorite Tor authors are still coming to screens near you in the month of June! Check out where you can find them here:

S. L. Huang, Critical Point

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Friday, June 5- Sunday, June 7
Renaissance Virtual Conference
Zoom
Full Schedule Here

TBD
Inverse SFF Happy Hour
Instagram Live
5:00 PM EST

John Scalzi, The Last Emperox

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Tuesday, June 9
In Conversation with Sarah Gailey (Upright Women Wanted, Tor.com Publishing)
Zoom
12 PM PT

Wednesday, June 24
Reading/Q&A with Hudson (OH) Library/The Learned Owl Bookstore
TBD
TBD

S. A. Hunt, I Come With Knives

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Tuesday, June 9
Tor After Dark
Instagram Live
7:00 PM EST

Gregory Benford and Larry Niven, Glorious

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Tuesday, June 16
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
Instagram Live
7:00 PT

Wednesday, June 17
Poisoned Pen
Zoom
6:00 PT

Thursday, June 18
Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop
Bookstream
7:00 PM EST

Friday, June 19
Reddit r/Books AMA
Reddit
TBD

Tuesday, June 30
Powell’s
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Katherine Addison, The Angel of the Crows

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Tuesday, June 16
Tor After Dark
Instagram Live
7:00 PM EST

Tuesday, June 30
Boswell Books, in conversation with Jim Higgins from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Zoom
TBD

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On the (Digital) Road: Tor Author Events in May

We are in a time of social distancing, but your favorite Tor authors are still coming to screens near you in the month of May! Check out where you can find them here:

John Scalzi, The Last Emperox

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Tuesday, May 5

Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop, in conversation with Martha Wells
Bookstream
7:00 PM EST

Friday, May 8

Wordplay Literary Festival Writing Workshop/AMA
Webinar
3:00 PM GMT

A. K. Larkwood, The Unspoken Name

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Tuesday, May 5
Tor After Dark
Instagram Live
7:00 PM EST

Jenn Lyons, The Memory of Souls

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Tuesday, May 19
Tor After Dark
Instagram Live
7:00 PM EST

Alaya Dawn Johnson, Trouble the Saints

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Tuesday, May 26
Tor After Dark
Instagram Live
7:00 PM EST

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On the (Digital) Road: Tor Author Events in April

We are in a time of social distancing, but your favorite Tor authors are still coming to screens near you in the month of April! Check out where you can find them here:

John Scalzi, The Last Emperox

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Thursday, April 16
Inverse SFF Happy Hour
Instagram Live
7:00 PM EST

Friday, April 17
Commonwealth Club Virtual Event
Commonwealth Website
3:00 PM EST

Friday, April 17
Online Reading/Q and A with Scott Simon’s Open Book
Open Book
6:15 PM EST

Monday, April 20
Online Chime Interview with Amazon Book Review
Facebook
Time TK

Tuesday, April 21
Tor After Dark
Instagram Live
7:00 PM EST

Wednesday, April 22
Reddit r/Books AMA
Reddit
3:00 PM EST

Friday, April 24
Veronica Roth + BuzzFeed Book Club Present: Quarantine Reading
Zoom
1:30 PM EST

Jenn Lyons, The Memory of Souls

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Saturday, April 18
Toils of the Dreamer – Celebrity DnD
JordanCon
5:00 PM EDT

Christopher Paolini, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

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Monday, April 20
Reddit r/Books AMA
Reddit
Time TK

TJ Klune, The House in the Cerulean Sea

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Monday, April 20
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, in conversation with CB Lee
Instagram Live
7:00 PT

Sarah Kozloff, A Queen in Hiding

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Tuesday, April 21
Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop
Facebook
6:00 PM CT

S. L. Huang, Critical Point

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Monday, April 27
Reddit r/Books AMA
Reddit
Time TK

Wednesday, April 29
Second Life: Deep Dive Virtual Panel
Second Life
Time TK

Chris Kluwe, Otaku

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Monday, April 27
Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop
Streamyard
6:00 PM CT

S. A. Hunt (Burn the Dark), Camilla Bruce (You Let Me In), Kit Rocha (Deal with the Devil)

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Tuesday, April 28
Reddit r/Fantasy AMA
Reddit
Time TK

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Tor After Dark: April Edition

Tor After Dark: April Edition

Missed Tor After Dark this month? Don’t worry, we’re recapping all the fun times with TJ Klune and John Scalzi right here!


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Klunatics, unite! TJ Klune launched Tor After Dark, our new Instagram Live program, on Tuesday, April 14 with a complete Tor Books Insta-takeover. Kicking things off by showing off his kickass sword, TJ introduced himself and his latest book, The House in the Cerulean Sea, to the hundreds of viewers who tuned in. Klune read a short selection from the book and then moved on with a listing out of things that have made him happy during quarantine, including: the TV show Black Sails (GAY PIRATES), his friends who have taken the time to check in on him, and his adorable pets, who made surprise guest appearances on the live stream.

TJ also answered fan questions submitted through social media earlier in the day-some of our favorites included who his favorite Cerulean Sea character is (answer: Chauncey), if he’s single (wow), and if he’d want Netflix to adapt the book into a movie (answer:YESYESYESYESYES).

Before signing off for the night, TJ thanked his friends, fans, and publisher (*blushes*) while reminding everyone to take their medication and to stay safe during the quarantine. Thanks for joining Tor After Dark, TJ!

Read an excerpt of The House in the Cerulean Sea here!


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Fresh off the wildly successful launch of The Last Emperox, John Scalzi took over the Tor Books Instagram for April 21 for Tor After Dark! In a behind the scenes look, John took viewers on a tour of his home, showing off his extensive book collection, his art pieces (including but not limited to: his own image covered in buttercream frosting, Wil Wheaton on a cat Pegasus, and his daughter’s childhood photos), and his many writing awards.

After special guest appearances from his wife, Krissy (HI KRISSY) and Sugar the cat (HI SUGAR), John answered some of your most burning questions, including-how to pronounced Emperox (answer: Emper-OH, but is you prefer Emper-OX, live your best life), what the Scalzi burrito of the day is (answer: meatloaf burrito), and when the next book comes out (answer: GUYS, THE LAST ONE CAME OUT A WEEK AGO).

Thanks for joining Tor After Dark, John!

Read an extended excerpt of The Last Emperox here!

 

Interested in joining us for our next Tor After Dark special? Check out the schedule here!

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Why Are There So Many Space Fascists? John Scalzi Grades SF Civilizations

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Image Place holder  of - 33Space cultures are all GREAT…right? John Scalzi, author of The Last Emperox, might have to disagree with you there. Check out his full argument below!


By John Scalzi

My book The Last Emperox comes out soon, and with it, the resolution of a story about The Interdependency, a light-years-spanning human empire featuring dozens of star systems connected by a faltering faster-than-light transport system. I’ve had some people say to me that they thought that The Interdependency would be a decent place to live—that is, except for that whole “the way we transport people and goods is disappearing and soon we’ll be stranded and doomed” thing that the books have going.

And, I guess, maybe? As the architect of that particular universe, I know where its flaws are—not even counting the doomsday scenario I put it in—and I know those flaws are significant. Like most empires, its livability is contingent on how close you are to the top of the social pyramid. I think most people think they are indeed going to be somewhere near the top, which is ambitious but isn’t how social pyramids work.

But this did get me thinking about other science-fictional civilizations—empires, federations, and what have you—and how livable they would actually be, if you were the average citizen or subject. How would they do? I’m going to grade a bunch of them now.

The Empire, from Star Wars

The movies and TV shows and all the other media don’t really spend a whole lot of time looking at The Empire from the perspective of the average person—we’re mostly dealing with rebels or bounty hunters or what have you on the fringes of day-to-day life, with a heavy dose of people who have supernatural bugs in their blood waving around laser swords. But what we can see of the workaday empire isn’t all that great: a highly stratified culture with the galactic 1% acting pretty terribly while the rest of the people scrape by in homespun clothes, moisture farming or what have you. Plus there’s always a risk that stormtroopers will use you for target practice, or the Empire will straight up vaporize your planet for abstruse political reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with you. Overall, not a great place, avoid if possible.

Grade: D

The Federation, from Star Trek

On the surface a pretty great place to live for the average citizen: It has fully automated luxury space communism where you can play around in sense-fulfilling virtual rooms and anything you want to eat will be magicked into existence by a computer that you talk to. That’s pretty great! On the flip side, however, the Federation’s very existence is threatened on a depressingly regular basis: If it’s not a civilization of assimilating cyberpunks flying around in cubes made of plumbing supplies, then it’s uplifted 20th-century spacecraft, or angry Romulans, or inscrutable cylinders that will destroy you and everyone you love if they’re not allowed to talk to whales. Honestly, who needs that kind of stress hanging over you all the damn time.

Grade: C-

The Padishah Empire, from Dune

Again, we spend most of our time hanging out with emperors, and rebel leaders who become emperors, and also emperors who become sandworms, and so on, but what we can see of the daily life of the empire is… highly variable, depending on who your local noble is. If you have someone like the Duke Atreides, eh, it’s not so bad! He rules (mostly) justly and is concerned with the welfare of his subjects, soldiers and retinue. If you have someone like the Baron Harkonnen, well, then, it kind of sucks, because he and his family are terrible people doing terrible things terribly. Do you want to roll those dice? Oh, and when Paul-Muad’ib becomes emperor, things don’t get any better, because now there’s a bunch of Freman spilling out of Arrakis to get your ass in line with the new orthodoxy. Have fun with that!

Grade: D.

The Alliance, from Firefly

This civilization is like a bullseye—not so bad for the average person near the center, deeply squidgy the further out you get, and also, the civilized veneer of the Alliance scrapes off pretty readily if you piss it off. Plus! Reavers, i.e., very angry space zombies! Which were made because the Alliance just wanted everyone to calm the hell down, and were willing to try to make that happen pharmaceutically. That’s how you get angry space zombies, people.

Grade: C-

The Colonial Union, from Old Man’s War

What, you thought I’d let myself off the hook here? Lol, no, friends. Like the Alliance, if you happen to be in the established colonies, it’s not bad at all. If you’re in a new colony, however? Expect aliens to try to scrape you and your family off that planet as soon as possible, and maybe eat you as well. This is the excuse the CU has for being on a xenophobic war footing 24/7 (and also for being basically fascist, in flavors ranging from mild to, well, not, depending on the day). But could it be that the reason the aliens all hate the CU is that the humans are just plain bigoted paranoids? Could be! Also, if you’re from Earth, they’ve mostly kept society looking like the early 21st century, which, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, is not going all that great for anyone. Maybe skip?

Grade D.

The Culture, from Iain M. Banks’ “Culture Series”

Finally, a light-year-spanning civilization that doesn’t entirely suck to live in! Sure, there are not-great parts, which Banks’ details in his Culture novels, but it’s understood that those really are the exception rather than the rule. Most everyone else actually lives in that fully automated luxury space communism that Star Trek aims for but often misses, schlepping around the stars in vast spacecraft with delightfully obscure names, which seem mostly amused by the humans that live in and among them. If I have to live in a space civilization, this is the one, please and thank you.

Grade: B.

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