The Space Books
Immediately after his first Fantasy books--THE DRAGON KING TRILOGY-- Lawhead tried his hand at Science Fiction. DREAM THIEF tells the tale of where science and parascience meet absolute evil. The EMPYRION SAGA is a duology in which Orion Treet must unravel a centuries-old mystery, while coming to terms with new rules of physics. EMPYRION is set on a transgalactic dystopian planet where very little is as it seems, and where no one can be trusted--not even yourself.
Epic science fiction about alien intervention in human civilization, in which a sleep researcher on an orbiting space station is contacted through his dreams by an alien intelligence bent on the manipulation of humankind. The struggle to prevent this domination takes him to a terraforming project on Mars. There, among the howling winds of a hostile planet, he discovers the decaying remains of an ancient civilization whose demise just might hold the clue to saving humanity.
"Science Fiction and Fantasy elements are combined to produce a Hi-Tech mystical experience. . . . This is an original and accomplished tale bursting with suspense and intrigue." SFF Books Reviews
Traveller, debt-dodger, itinerant critic, and writer of history books nobody buys, Orion Treet is astounded to be invited to accompany a top-secret mission: to observe and document an extra-terrestrial colony on a newly discovered planet.
But the paradise planet Treet and his companions are promised is a nightmare world locked in a death spiral of hate, fear, and death. The explorer’s arrival rekindles an impossibly ancient feud – and deadly conflict between two highly evolved civilizations. It is the struggle for the future of a world, a battle where there can be no spectators. Everyone must choose a side.
How resilient is the human spirit in the face of merciless oppression? What values in life stand up to certain death?
In the second and concluding Empyrion book, Orion Treet determines to return to Dome after his brief respite among the peaceable, graceful Fieri. No one but Orion and a handful of rebels seriously believes that Dome will carry out its threat to annihilate Fierra.
Abandoned by his companions from Earth, Treet becomes a solitary figure in a deadly civil war. The Empyrion novels are among Lawhead's most captivating accomplishments of storytelling and adventure; among the best there is in science fiction.