Twilight Imperium: The Stars Beyond edited by Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells

The Stars Beyond

A Twilight Imperium Anthology

The Stars Beyond

A Twilight Imperium Anthology

Edited by Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells

Intergalactic civilization emerges from its war-torn ruins for the first time in generations to explore the galaxy, in this stunning new anthology from the bestselling world of Twilight Imperium

A terrible war destroyed a vast empire and left its survivors shattered and isolated. Millennia of history, technology, and the ever-expanding imperial grip were lost. From the secretive Naalu and the proud Hacan to the piratical Mentak Coalition, these factions and worlds are recovering and looking past their borders to the galaxy beyond again – but what awaits them in the vastness of space? New territory, allies, and opportunities abound, but the history that once bound them together now stands between them, and a galaxy-wide war is just one spark away from being rekindled…

A Ghost of a Chance by M Darusha Wehm
The Fifth Stage by Alex Acks
Shield of the Reef by Robbie MacNiven
First Impressions by Sarah Cawkwell
Contact by Danie Ware
Defiler’s Reef by Tim Pratt

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Intergalactic empires fall, but one faction will rise from the ashes to conquer the galaxy.

Once the mighty Lazax Empire ruled all the known galaxy from its capital planet of Mecatol Rex, before treachery and war erased the Lazax from history, plunging a thousand star systems into conflict and uncertainty.

Now the Great Races who span the galaxy look upon their former capital hungrily – the power and secrets of the Lazax await a new emperor…

To lay claim to the throne is a destiny sought by many, yet the shadows of the past serve as a grim warning to those who would follow in their footsteps.

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Publication Details

Page Count: 352pp
Cover Art: Dominic Harman
Genre: Anthology and Science Fiction

Paperback edition

US On Sale Date: November 22, 2022
UK On Sale Date: February 2, 2023
Paperback ISBN: 9781839081804
Paperback Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm

Ebook edition

Global Ebook On Sale Date: November 1, 2022
ebook ISBN: 9781839081811


Global On Sale: December 6, 2022
ISBN: 9798765050668

About the Author

M. DARUSHA WEHM is the Nebula Award-nominated and Sir Julius Vogel Award-winning author of the interactive fiction game The Martian Job, as well as the science fiction novels Beautiful RedChildren of ArkadiaThe Voyage of the White Cloud, and the Andersson Dexter cyberpunk detective series. Their mainstream books include the Devi Jones’ Locker YA series and the humorous coming-of-age novel The Home for Wayward Parrots. Darushas short fiction and poetry have appeared in many venues, including Terraform and Nature. Originally from Canada, Darusha lives in Wellington, New Zealand after spending several years sailing the Pacific.

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ALEX ACKS is an award-winning writer and sharp-dressed sir. Angry Robot Books published their novels Hunger Makes the Wolf (winner of the 2017 Kitschies Golden Tentacle award) and Blood Binds the Pack. Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures was a 2019 finalist for the Colorado Book Award. They’ve written for Six to Start and Activision-Blizzard, and published over 30 short stories. Alex lives in Denver (where they bicycle and twirl their ever-so-dapper mustache) with their two furry little jerks.

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ROBBIE MacNIVEN hails from the highlands of Scotland. A lifelong fan of sci-fi and fantasy, he has had over a dozen novels published in settings ranging from Marvel’s X-Men, to Descent: Legends of the Dark, to Warhammer 40,000. Having completed a doctorate in Military History from the University of Edinburgh in 2020, he also possesses a keen interest in the past. His hobbies include historical re-enacting and making eight-hour round trips every second weekend to watch Rangers FC.

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SARAH CAWKWELL is a sci-fi and fantasy writer based in the North East of England. Old enough to know better, she’s still very much young enough not to care. She’s been a writer for many years, and her published works include several novels and short stories within the Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 universes and an original alternate-history fantasy novel. When not slaving away over a hot keyboard, Sarah’s hobbies include reading everything and anything she can get her hands on, gaming and other assorted geekery.

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DANIE WARE is a single working Mum with long-held interests in writing, re-enactment, and rolling polyhedral dice. She went to an all-boys’ public school, gained an English degree from UEA, and spent most of her twenties clobbering her friends with an assortment of steel cutlery. After seventeen years handling PR and event management for Forbidden Planet (London) Ltd, she now works for Waterstones Piccadilly.

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TIM PRATT is a Hugo Award-winning SF and fantasy author, and finalist for the World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Stoker, Mythopoeic, and Nebula Awards, among others. He is the author of over twenty novels, and scores of short stories. Since 2001 he has worked for Locus, the magazine of the science fiction and fantasy field, where he currently serves as senior editor.

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CHARLOTTE LLEWELYN-WELLS is a bibliophile who took a wrong turn in the wardrobe and ended up as an editor – luckily it was the best choice she ever made. She’s a geek and fangirl with an addiction to unicorns, ice hockey and ice cream.

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Interviews and Articles

“Good solid space opera standalones”
Red Hat Cat Reviews

“Anyone who likes discovering new worlds and new alien species will enjoy The Stars Beyond. If space and alien stories aren’t usually your thing there is still a good chance you will enjoy this book.”
Cosmic Circus

“The stories all stand alone perfectly and capture the feel of the genre.”
What You Tolkien About

Praise for Aconyte’s Twilight Imperium Novels

The Fractured Void is the epitome of what a space opera should truly be – detailed, complex and full of rich and engaging characters, while simultaneously allied to a galaxy-spanning plot… and written with a genuine sense of tension and a healthy dose of wry humor.”

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviewer


“A breezy, tremendously fun space opera set in the world of Twilight Imperium, this was much funnier than I expected, and generally just a really entertaining read.”

Track of Words, on The Fractured Void


“A fun sci-fi ride.”

The Worlds Between Pages, on The Necropolis Empire

Twilight Imperium: The Stars Beyond edited by Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells

Global Ebook On Sale: November 1, 2022
US Paperback On Sale: November 22, 2022
UK Paperback On Sale: February 2, 2023
Global Audiobook On Sale: December 6, 2022

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