John Scalzi with Lindsay Ellis

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Do you love political intrigue, fast-paced stories, and the threat of complete ecological collapse?

Hugo-award winning author and science fiction legend John Scalzi returns to Kepler’s on May 1st, in conversation with Lindsay Ellis, to share the final installment in his acclaimed Interdependency series. This wickedly intelligent story is the science fiction book that everyone should read in 2020.

Don’t miss Scalzi at Kepler’s for The Last Emperox.

Compulsively readable, with the trademark humor and creativity that make Scalzi a fan favorite, the Interdependency series offers a topical tale about the death of worlds.

Life that once spanned thousands of star systems could end very soon. Science predicted the collapse of The Flow, the interstellar pathway between planets that makes human civilization possible in this fraught space opera. However, a committed cadre of deniers and profiteers have worked tirelessly to rationalize, delay, and gain from the imminent end of all civilization.

Emperox Grayland wrests control from the faction, but faces a backstabbing, complex network of opposition, and a rapidly diminishing list of allies in her quest to save the empire. Will she be the savior of humankind, or the last Emperox to wear the crown?

With two stars in the science fiction canon—Scalzi’s bright burning sun, and Ellis’ rising light—this is sure to be a night of knockout humor, deeply nerdy revelations, and keen analysis on an other-galaxy story that feels eerily similar to our own.


John Scalzi is one of the wittiest, most inventive and acclaimed SF authors to capture the popular imagination in two decades. Old Man's War, his debut, won science fiction's John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; his dynamic Star Trek parody, Redshirts, won 2013's Hugo Award for Best Novel; and Scalzi boasts multiple other New York Times bestsellers. Material from his widely-read blog The Whatever (whatever.scalzi.com) has earned 2 additional Hugo awards. Scalzi loves pie, hopes you’re registered to vote, and curates 40-60 irreverent musings per day on Twitter.

Linsday Ellis’ rapidly ascendant career began with charismatic, analytic, and quick-spoken commentary covering film, literature, and culture online. Ellis entered the spotlight via her Nostalgia Chick critiques. Millions of followers currently view her long-form video essays on Youtube, covering everything from Disney copyright battles to film and comics. For PBS Studios, Ellis hosts It’s Lit!, exploring trends in American literature. Her highly anticipated first novel, Axiom’s End, debuts this summer through St Martin’s Press.


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