Hugo Award-winning author Charlie Stross dives deep into the underbelly of paratime espionage, nuclear warfare, and state surveillance in his techno-thriller set in the Merchant Princes universe
Dark State ups the ante on already volatile situations laid out in the sleek techno-thriller Empire Games, the start to Charles Stross' fresh storyline in The Merchant Princes series.
In the near-future, two nuclear superpowers are about to collide across timelines. One is a hyper-police state; the other is in the midst of a technological revolution. And two women — a mother and her long-lost daughter — are about to find themselves on opposite sides of the confrontation.
In Commissioner Miriam Burgeson’s timeline, her top-level agents run a high-risk extraction of a major political player.
Meanwhile, Rita, newly-minted spy and the Commissioner's estranged daughter, must contend with a an activated sleeper cell that threatens unravel everything.
With a penchant for intricate world-building and an uncanny ability to realize alternate history and technological speculation, Stross' writing will captivate any reader who's a fan of high-tech thrillers, interdimensional political intrigue, and espionage.
Charles David George "Charlie" Stross (born 1964) is a writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. His works range from science fiction and Lovecraftian horror to fantasy. Stross was born in Leeds.
Stross is sometimes regarded as being part of a new generation of British science fiction writers who specialise in hard science fiction and space opera. His contemporaries include Alastair Reynolds, Ken MacLeod, Liz Williams, Neal Asher and Richard Morgan.
Photo: Photograph by Simon Bradshaw, 1 May 2009, Book signing at Forbidden Planet, London. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.