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John Scalzi’s "The Collapsing Empire" is’s Free ebook of the Month

The eBook Club just announced their latest free ebook.

This month’s free ebook is The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi. It can be downloaded for free on or before 15 March 2019 from

P.S. Let me know if you spot the typo in the description.

Riding The Flow, the only way to travel faster-than-light, humanity spreads to innumerable other worlds. Earth is forgotten. A new empire arises, the Interdependency, based on the doctrine that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war—and, for the empire’s rulers, a system of control.

The Flow is eternal—but it’s not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well. In rare cases, entire worlds have been cut off from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that the entire Flow is moving, possibly separating all human worlds from one another forever, three individuals—a scientist, a starship captain, and the emperox of the Interdependency—must race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.

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Brian Sargent March 12, 2019 um 11:24 am

I loved the Old Man’s War series but this one just left me cold, don’t know why.

I can’t find the typo. I see emperox, but that’s a deliberate gender non-specific thing in the book.

Nate Hoffelder March 12, 2019 um 12:31 pm

Maybe I am wrong, but as I see it that empire calls its emperor the Emperox in much the same way that the German Empire had a Kaiser, the Russian’s had a Czar.

The title is capitalized, but the position that the title belongs to is not. Or did I go down a linguistic rabbit hole?

Frank March 12, 2019 um 8:57 pm

Emperox is the correct spelling in this novel.
I enjoyed the novel and it has a sequel. The last novel is not out yet.

Nate Hoffelder March 12, 2019 um 10:46 pm

The title is Emperox, the position is emperor.

Or, the emperor’s title is Emperox.

Chris Lopes March 12, 2019 um 10:30 pm

I was sure to get mine "while supplies last". ?

Kathryn Goldman March 13, 2019 um 10:46 am

That’s the part I thought was funny.

ebook supplies run out all the time.

Richard Hershberger March 13, 2019 um 9:05 am

The whole description could use a good editing, starting with the eccentric punctuation. I like hyphens and dashes as much as the next guy, but they call for a light touch. Also, in the third sentence I would move "the Interdependency" to after "empire." "The Interdependency" is in apposition with "A new empire" and in general such things should be as close together as possible, absent a good reason not to.

Richard Hershberger March 13, 2019 um 11:24 am

"The title is Emperox, the position is emperor."

This is not the usage in the book. The word "emperor" does not appear in, and "emperox" is used both capitalized as a title and uncapitalized denoting the office.

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