Lockstep by Karl Schroeder


Toby McGonigal sleeps for 14,000 years and wakes to the mystifying reality of the Lockstep Empire. Worlds hibernate to negate the faster than light problem and minimize resource drain. His siblings have thrived as tyrants and turned Toby into a mythic figure. Can Toby, with the help of some allies, face down his siblings and help the worlds bound by the Lockstep Empire?

Lockstep is filled with exotic worlds such as one in which whole cities exist in bubbles and another is powered by an alien replacement for a sun. The hibernation scheme causes a unique perception of time. The plot builds as Tony realizes he must think outside the metaphorical box to find a solution that won’t drag the empire into war. Lockstep could be a match for those looking for world building, space opera, conspiracies, and/or a tale which addresses science.

Want other books like Lockstep?

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Paul Atriedes is swept into a centuries old power play and must choose his path in Dune by Frank Herbert.


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