In this Episode of Science Fiction Double Feature, I talk to author Yoon Ha Lee about his second novel in the Machineries of Empire series, Raven Stratagem. Then we dive into all things heretical with Professor Claire Taylor from the University of Nottingham.
Plot of Raven Stratagem
Shuos Jedao is unleashed. The long-dead general, preserved with exotic technologies and resurrected by the hexarchate to put down a heretical insurrection, has possessed the body of gifted young captain Kel Cheris.
Now, General Kel Khiruev’s fleet, racing to the Severed March to stop a fresh incursion by the enemy Hafn, has fallen under Jedao’s sway. Only Khiruev’s aide, Lieutenant Colonel Kel Brezan, appears able to shake off the influence of the brilliant but psychotic Jedao.
The rogue general seems intent on defending the hexarchate, but can Khiruev – or Brezan – trust him? For that matter, can they trust Kel Command, or will their own rulers wipe out the whole swarm to destroy one man?
Yoon Ha Lee’s critically acclaimed Machineries of Empire trilogy continues with Raven Stratagem, coming from Solaris Summer 2017.
About Yoon Ha Lee
About Claire Taylor
- Claire Taylor’s university profile
- Heresy in Medieval France
- Heresy, Crusade and Inquisition in Medieval Quercy
- The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusade
You can also check out the medieval heresy and dissent research network at the University of Nottingham.