Karl Schroeder
science fiction
Lockstep - Karl Schroeder

A grand innovation in hard SF space opera — a slower-than-light civilization of planets without stars

When seventeen-year-old Toby McGonigal finds himself lost in space, separated from his family, he expects his next drift into cold sleep to be his last. After all, the planet he’s orbiting is frozen and sunless, and the cities are dead. But when Toby wakes again, he’s surprised to discover a thriving planet, a strange and prosperous galaxy, and something stranger still — that he’s been asleep for 14,000 years.

Welcome to the Lockstep Empire, where civilization is kept alive by careful hibernation. Here cold sleeps can last decades and waking moments mere weeks. Its citizens survive for millenia, traveling asleep on long voyages between worlds. Not only is Lockstep the new center of the galaxy, but Toby is shocked to learn that the Empire is still ruled by its founding family: his own.

Toby’s brother Peter has become a terrible tyrant. Suspicious of the return of his long-lost brother,  whose rightful inheritance also controls the lockstep hibernation cycles, Peter sees Toby as a threat to his regime. Now, with the help of a lockstep girl named Corva, Toby must survive the forces of this new Empire, outwit his siblings, and save human civilization.

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Release date: March 20, 2014
Genres: science fiction
Expectation rating: 9.00/10
Total ratings: 2
Updated: April 23, 2022
Other books by Karl Schroeder
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Lady of Mazes
The Engine of Recall
Sun of Suns
Queen of Candesce (Virga #2)
Pirate Sun (Virga #3)
The Sunless Countries (Virga #4)
Ashes of Candesce (Virga #5)
The Million
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