John Scalzi: The Last Emperox

Wednesday April 15: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Event Admission          Signed Copy, No Admission

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.

Heralded as one of the most popular science fiction writers today, New York Times bestselling author John Scalzi returns with the final installment in his acclaimed epic Interdependency series (in which he tells the saga of a complete collapse of a human civilization spanning dozens of star systems—and the repercussions on a tenuous collective that has governed its citizens with an intricate social and class system), The Last Emperox (A Tor Hardcover; On-sale: April 14, 2020). 

The Last Emeprox marks the first complete series finished by Scalzi… and is also the first complete series in his headline-making decade-long contract with Tor.  Entertaining, thought-provoking, and creative both in his books and his online musings, Scalzi’s popularity continues to spread, both with speculative fiction fans and far beyond the genre. The Interdependency series will satisfy fans around the world, and continues in the vein of Scalzi’s popular accessible science fiction, filled to the brim with his trademark wit, humor, and creativity that makes him a favorite of readers, booksellers, and critics alike. Now is your chance to catch up on this full series, with The Collapsing Empire, The Consuming Fire, and The Last Emperox.

Imagine how those in power would deal with the knowledge of the coming collapse of civilization as we know it….Even as the evidence is obvious and insurmountable, would many still try to rationalize, delay and profit from the threat to our safety, well-being, and our very existence?

Though set hundreds of years in the future, The Last Emperox explores some of the philosophical and political challenges we may face even in this day and age, but it’s told as an escapist saga with excitement and humor. Scalzi has created a realistic and fascinating world that echoes our own—with strong and diverse female characters, including Emperox Grayland herself. Grayland and her thinning list of allies must use every tool at their disposal to save as many of her people from impoverished isolation, while the selfish forces opposing her rule will make a final, desperate push to topple her from her throne and power, by any means necessary. Will Grayland become the savior of her civilization . . . or the last emperox to wear the crown?  

Join in the Rare Book Room where John Scalzi will discuss his newest book!

John Scalzi is the author of several SF novels including his massively successful 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 the New York Times bestsellers Lock In, Fuzzy Nation and Redshirts; the latter novel won science fiction's Hugo Award in 2013. He also won a Hugo Award for Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, a collection of essays from his popular blog Whatever ( He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.