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Empire of Man
The Empire of Man series is a collaboration between David Weber and John Ringo. It combines elements of space opera and military science fiction, while the villains are clearly a satire of modern-day extreme environmentalists such as Earth First. It also has elements of the Bildungsroman, in the tradition of Captain Courageous . The first novel of the series shows great talent in the depiction of aliens and alien environments, begging a comparison with Stanley G. Weinbaum and other masters of alien worlds of the golden age of science fiction or with alien-savvy authors of the next generation such as Hal Clement.
The series tells the story of Prince Roger, the spoiled younger son of the Empress of the galaxy-spanning Empire of Man. When he is sent to a backwater planet to show the flag at a native ceremony, he goes sulkily and reluctantly.
But sabotage by a mind-controlled member of his bodyguard sends his ship adrift to Marduk, a primitive world only nominally a part of the Empire of Man. There things get exponentially worse, for the spaceport has been betrayed to the sinister Saints, a star nation of religious zealots who make an obsession of ecological purity. The crew of the ship sacrifice themselves as a decoy so that Prince Roger and his Marine bodyguards can take their shuttles to the surface.
Now Prince Roger and his bodyguard unit must fight their way across half a hostile planet, forging alliances with a succession of local polities from hunter-gatherers to early gunpowder civilizations. In the process Prince Roger learns a lot about himself and what it means to be a leader.
The third book of the series ends with the spaceport recaptured and Prince Roger on his way back to civilization with the survivors of his bodyguard, as well as a sizeable force of Mardukan allies. A fourth book is scheduled for publication, in which Prince Roger will confront the conspiracy that has torn apart his family back home on Earth.
Books in the series
- March Upcountry (2001) (online at baen.com)
- March to the Sea (2001) (online at baen.com)
- March to the Stars (2003) (online at baen.com)
- We Few (scheduled for April 2005)
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