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Interstellar Empire deals with a power play on a planet that was formerly part of the now-crumbling and decadent Empire. Three brothers struggle to regain the power usurped by a strange cult...
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 21st 1976 by DAW (first published September 1976)
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Nov 19, 2015 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three short novelas--- linked together by taking place in a common future instellar empire. A once-powerful human empire that survived off the use of spaceships from a long gone instellar race is in serious decline.

The stories are not particularly memorable, but could make for a pleasant read. In the first, and longest one, brothers join forces to retrieve their home planet from the clutches of mysteriously evil rulers. In the second, a space captain helps defend a planet from pillage and sackin
Aug 31, 2015 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
1979 Grade A-.
2015 Grade B+ (see below)

This is composed of three different stories related to the same basic universe and situation but not to each other. The universe is post collapse of a galactic empire with pirates and mutants on the outer rim, feudal planets a bit farther in, and the fragmented, nonfunctional, tattered remnants of the empire at the "core."

1)Alter On Asconel, 130 pages, grade A-. This is a "space opera" which travels to half a dozen planets and is quite a bit of fun. Very ea
Shannon McDermott
The author plays with some interesting ideas, but the unpleasantness of the stories - above all, of the characters - left a sour taste in my mouth. Too much cruelty, even from the supposed heroes; not recommended.
Nov 21, 2015 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2015
Pulpy SF, readable but eminently forgettable.
Aug 19, 2008 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
oh, the joys of cheesy sci-fi from a simpler time. Brunner ought to be as well known as Aasimov, Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke -- he's just as important. This particular book is sort of silly and moralizing a la Heinlein, but Brunner's Stand on Zanzibar remains one of the most important works of fiction that no one knows about.
Erik Graff
Jan 04, 2011 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brunner fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
Definitely not my favorite John Brunner book, but then I don't usually like the sub-genre of science fiction that this book represents.
Jul 26, 2013 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
A few run of the mill space opera novellas.
Primitive sci-fi soap
Jul 29, 2007 Devin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The late John Brunner was perhaps as well known for much of his career in the US as in the UK. A leftwing activist, with particular connections to the peace movement, much of his best and most mature fiction is involved in a complex analysis of social trends and where they will take us--novels like Stand on Zanzibar which deals with overpopulation, among other things, and The Sheep Look Up, which ...more
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