Read an Excerpt From The Collapsing Empire has got up the prologue The Collapsing Empire, my upcoming novel. It works as a complete short story in itself. Here is the link to read it. Happy Boxing Day!

P.S.: If you like it and want to pre-order it, Subterranean Press can get you a signed, inscribed copy (signed and inscribed by me, to be clear). Here’s the pre-order link for that.

By John Scalzi

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27 replies on “Read an Excerpt From The Collapsing Empire”

John sez: “Read an Excerpt From The Collapsing Empire”

Isn’t that The Washington Post? *gdrlhwswhwh*

* grin, duck and run whil shouting “woo hoo, woo hoo”. Think Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd and you get the idea.

Can _ me a signed? Sounds tempting! I’ll read first through the prologue. And happy holidays!

PS: In the prologue, “Inverr smiled and the name of the House of Tois’ patriarch” – should that be “at the name”?
PPS: A couple more typos. “Vectoral” vs. “vectorial”, “Staring emergency engine protocol” vs. starting. But a good read already!

Sounds great, i look forward to reading the rest. has preorders available for the e-book. One version for $4.79 and one for $13.09. Is the expensive one made with extra shiny bits?

Man, your intros really are among the best in the business. (Even Ghost Brigades, excepting that you totally cheated.) Your short fiction really should get more attention.

Question, though: Three characters experience name changes (with one reversion) during the prologue. Copy error or clue?

I’m a library user; I put the book – which is already in order – on hold immediately after finishing the excerpt. There are 16 people lined up in front of me. Who are these people, and how did they know about the book before me?

Also, was the gang the Captain ran with as a teen the Rapid Dogs or the Rabid Dogs? Rapid vs. Rabid: Typo or just playing with expectations?

That was a great read. And I love the cover artwork; I’ve had it as a wallpaper on my phone in the past.

Just one thing. I know why you do it, I know how you feel about it, I know it’s your thing, but…

…profanity just grates and grates on my ‘reading nerves.’

Liked it. Nice action, and the exposition did not bother me at all. Seconded the need for come fresh eyes copy editing; along with the names issue mentioned above, the ship’s name switched from italics to non-italics, as an example.


Well, I already had the e-book pre-ordered at Amazon, (that may be how the 16 people knew about the book, Martha). Still…. signed Subterranean physical book… you betcha! Pre-ordered, right away, even though I will read the e-bok

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