John Scalzi - The Collapsing Empire

Join Volumes in celebrating the first novel of a new space-opera sequence set in an all-new universe by Hugo Award-winning John Scalzi. 

** This is a ticketed event. A copy of The Collapsing Empire is included in the ticket price.**


One of the most popular and acclaimed science fiction authors to emerge in the last decade, John Scalzi returns with the beginning of all new saga: THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE (on sale March 21). Entertaining, hilarious, and creative both in his books and his online musings, Scalzi continues to cement his well-deserved prominent place in the literary world.

The book: 

Our universe is ruled by physics and faster than light travel is not possible—until the discovery of The Flow, an extra-dimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transport us to other worlds, around other stars.Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war—and a system of control for the rulers of the empire. The Flow is eternal—but it is not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off all human worlds from faster than light travel forever, three individuals—a scientist, a starship captain and the Empress of the Interdependency—are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.

The author: 

JOHN SCALZI is the author of several SF novels including the bestselling Old Man's War sequence, comprising Old Man's War, The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony (a New York Times bestseller), Zoe's Tale, The Human Division​, and The End of All Things​. His other novels include New York Times bestsellers Lock In, Fuzzy Nation, and Redshirts; the latter won science fiction's Hugo Award in 2013. John also won a Hugo Award for Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, a collection of essays from his popular blog The Whatever ( He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter. ​


Event date: 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave