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HIDDEN EMPIRE by KEVIN J. ANDERSON

Summary

Kevin J. Anderson's New York Times best-selling books set in the Star Wars and X-Files universes and his collaboration with Brian Herbert on the new Dune novels have made him one of science fiction's most wildly popular writers. Now Anderson brings the classic tradition of grand space adventure to an epic new creation. A vast panorama of galactic civilization facing imminent war, The Saga of Seven Suns features a spectrum of characters from monarchs to mutants, scientists to star pirates, from the high to the most humble, all caught in an interstellar apocalypse . . .

Having colonized the worlds of the Spiral Arm, the three branches of humanity -- the Earth-based Terran Hanseatic League, the telepathic green priests of Theroc, and the fiercely rebellious, starship-dwelling Roamers -- consider themselves lords of creation. After all, humans share the galaxy with only two alien species, one harmless and one extinct. The benign Ildirans are an ancient, senescent civilization, while the Klikiss vanished ages before, leaving behind vast ruins filled with technological wonders, but no clues to their mysterious disappearance. So ambitious humans see the galaxy as wide open for the taking. And when two xenoarchaeologists discover a Klikiss device that can convert gas giant planets into new, life-giving suns, the humans promptly put their new technology to the test. The result is hideous beyond imagination . . . For the supposedly uninhabitable gas giants are the homeworlds of another alien species -- the hydrogues. Infinitely more advanced than the Ildirans, supremely more powerful than the Klikiss, and now the victims of accidental genocide, the hydrogues don't seek explanations, apologies, or reparations. Instead, armadas of invincible, city-sized warships emerge from their gaseous worlds with a single purpose: to annihilate every last human -- whether Hansa, Theron, or Roamer.

Suddenly, humans need allies, but the Klikiss can't help them and the Ildirans won't. In their pride, the upstart worlds of Man have misunderstood the brutal realities of the galaxy . . . and now face their own impending doom.

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Hidden Empire
(The Saga of Seven Suns: Book 1)
by Kevin J. Anderson

Aspect
June 1, 2005
Available: June 1, 2005
ISBN #0446616788
EAN #9780446616782
672 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Kevin J. Anderson

The Ashes of Worlds
Scattered Suns
A Forest of Stars
Artifact
Hidden Empire
Hopscotch
Dune: House Corrino

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