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The Praxis (Dread Empire's Fall) Hardcover – October 7, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Dread Empire's Fall
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Earthlight (October 7, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743461118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743461115
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,653,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* 'A great talent' INTERZONE * 'A tough, sleek juggernaut of a story... glittering, nasty and noble. I wish I'd written this one.' ROGER ZELAZNY * 'One of the best SF novels I have read in years' FANTASY REVIEW * 'Williams is a skillfully literate addition to the stylish new generation of science fiction writers' CHICAGO TRIBUNE * 'Ingenious and energetic and knowing' THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SF * 'Williams has a lot of talent...a strong writer' LOCUS --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Walter Jon Williams is American, but was brought up in the UK. He has written SF novels since the mid-80s, and is the winner of the both Hugo and Nebula Awards. His novels include HARDWIRED, ARISTOI and METROPOLITAN. He lives in New Mexico, USA.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clayton D. Strand on December 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Like most of Walter Jon Williams' books, The Praxis (Dread Empire's Fall) is a beautifully written story of the beginning of the final demise of the Shaa empire, set in far future. Don't let the wormholes, anti-matter bombs and aliens fool you though, if you understand the politics and relationships of the characters in this fine tale, you understand the Roman Empire and how it worked, looked and felt to the upper classes who exploited it for their personal benefit. All in all, the most painless introduction to the politics and life of the Empire which is the most immediate predecessor to modern Western Civilization a fan of space opera is ever likely to encounter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Volenik on June 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'm sorry I'm not somebody for writing great reviews, I'd rather spend my time reading. However, I have to make an exception for this fine piece of space opera.
If you are feeling bored, because there is no new book by Peter F Hamilton to read, the old classics feel a bit too dusty, Weber and Banks haven't produced anything original recently, please, please pick up this book.
It has everything, story telling on a grander scale with a fascinating backdrop of a future universe, to the intimate details of the individual personae and how they come together. I won't give anything of the plot away, you have to read it for yourselves and find out.
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Format: Paperback
The point-of-view characters are vivid and engaging. It's difficult for a genre author to succeed with flawed protagonists, since so many readers want adolescent wish fulfillment. Williams manages it very competently.

Unfortunately I didn't find much else to like about the book. I lost patience with the glacial pace of the storytelling and stopped reading around page 150. I kept waiting for a spark of originality, and it never came.
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