Galactic Empires

Galactic Empires

Book - 2017
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"Neil Clarke, publisher of the award-winning Clarkesworld magazine, presents a collection of thought-provoking and galaxy-spanning array of galactic short science fiction. From E. E. "Doc" Smith's Lensman, to George Lucas' Star Wars, the politics and process of Empire have been a major subject of science fiction's galaxy-spanning fictions. The idiom of the Galactic Empire allows science fiction writers to ask (and answer) questions that are shorn of contemporary political ideologies and allegiances. This simple narrative slight of hand allows readers and writers to see questions and answers from new and different perspectives. The stories in this book do just that. What social, political, and economic issues do the organizing structure of "empire" address? Often the size, shape, and fates of empires are determined not only by individuals, but by geography, natural forces, and technology. As the speed of travel and rates of effective communication increase, so too does the size and reach of an Imperial bureaucracy." -- Provided by publisher.


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Apr 01, 2019

I am glad to see that Foundation and Empire by Issac Asimov is given as a reccomendation as a similar title. To spite what any of the other reviews and commentary my indicate this is the original Galactic Empire novel and is based on Edward Gibbon's "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire".
In order to have a galactic empire or federation or other galactic wide government the science fiction author must first find a way around the speed limit of the Universe. Nothing can travel faster than light so authors have come up with hyperspace drives, warp drives, wormholes or various kinds of star gates to find ways around that inconvient fundamental law of the Universe.
Sometimes writers brush it aside with a few words of explanation sometimes they go into great and fasinating details about how the speed of light limitation is overcome.
Of course a galactic empire would be impossible without some way to break the light barrier; so to have a story set in a galactic empire the story plot must find a way to overcome it.
While the future colonization of the stars by human kind is an almost certainty. It may have to take place at a speed below that of light so a galactic wide government may be impossible; and that certainly will be a very good thing.


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