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A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan #1) (CD-Audio)

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By Arkady Martine, Amy Landon (Read by)
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This is book number 1 in the Teixcalaan series.

Staff Reviews

Rich with wondrous imageries, fascinating cultural etiquettes, and polished dialogue just as arresting as it is hilarious, A Memory Called Empire is a fresh and welcoming addition to the bulging shelves of science fiction. Curated with numerous fictitious excerpts from the likes of ship manuals, ancient literature texts, and garbled ship transmissions, the world within the story is vividly alive. Arkady Martine has not only produced a space opera the likes of an Ann Leckie or James S.A. Corey, but also a social discussion on how things, places, and people are remembered; whether in word or something much more personal. There is also a strong commentary on world politics and borders set on an interstellar scale. A Memory Called Empire is truly one of the few books I will reread again and again, not only for personal pleasure, but also as a reminder of great storytelling done right.

— Nicholas


"A Memory Called Empire perfectly balances action and intrigue with matters of empire and identity. All around brilliant space opera, I absolutely love it."—Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice

Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn't an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.

Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan's unceasing expansion—all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret—one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life—or rescue it from annihilation.

A fascinating space opera debut, Arkady Martine's A Memory Called Empire is an interstellar mystery adventure.

"The most thrilling ride ever. This book has everything I love."—Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky

About the Author

Arkady Martine is a speculative fiction writer and, as Dr. Anna Linden Weller, a historian of the Byzantine Empire and a city planner. Under both names, she writes about border politics, rhetoric, propaganda, and the edges of the world.

Arkady grew up in New York City and, after some time in Turkey, Canada, and Sweden, lives in Baltimore with her wife, the author Vivian Shaw.

Martine's debut novel, A Memory Called Empire, kicks off the Teixcalaan series.

Praise For…

“An elegant and accomplished example of the subgenre of subtle scheming with a background of stars. A delightful read. I couldn’t put it down.”—Jo Walton, Hugo and Nebula award-winning author of Among Others

“A taut murder mystery entwined with questions of technological ethics, A Memory Called Empire is also an evocative depiction of foreignness. Martine creates an elaborate and appealing culture against which to play out this story of political intrigue, assimilation, and resistance. Daring, beautiful, immersive, and often profound.”—Malka Older, author of Infomocracy

A Memory Called Empire is a murder mystery wrapped up in a political space opera, and deeply immerses the reader in a unique culture and society. I very much enjoyed it and look forward to what Martine does next.”—Martha Wells, author of The Murderbot Diaries

A Memory Called Empire elevates space opera to poetry—clever, deep, sometimes tragic, sometimes violent, always transcendent poetry that shines like the edge of a knife.”—Delilah Dawson

“An intricate, layered tale of empire, personal ambition, political obligations and interstellar intrigue. Vivid and delightfully inventive.”—Aliette de Bodard, Nebula Award-winning author of the Xuya Universe stories and The House of Binding Thorns

“A cutting, beautiful, human adventure about cultural exchange, identity, and intrigue. The best SF novel I’ve read in the last five years.”—Yoon Ha Lee, author of the Machineries of Empire trilogy

“An exceptional first novel recommended for fans of Cherryh, Leckie, Banks, and Asimov.”—Elizabeth Bear, author of Hammered

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250318961
ISBN-10: 1250318963
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: March 26th, 2019
Language: English
Series: Teixcalaan