This classic science-fiction series is part of the Future History series that Piper worked on throughout his life. It was written at the dawn of the space age, when authors like Piper, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, and others gave us fascinating looks into what life in future interstellar civilizations might be like.
In this story a galactic empire of thousands of planets has been at peace for hundreds of years. Production all across the empire is regulated to keep markets and economies stable. With this kind of system in place, why is there suddenly a plot to overthrow the current emperor, and who is behind it?
The story has good characters and a nicely convoluted plot. Another gem from a master of the sci-fi genre.