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From Barnes & NoblePrince of Sunset belongs to the subgenre in which I find myself most comfortable: high-concept space opera. It tells the story of the long-lost heir to a far-future interstellar empire (for which I've used a Chinese historical model, as an alternative to the more usual Roman and British empires among the stars). With the help of two friends and an ancient, partially omniscient computer that has taken on the human race as a "new project" in place of its own nearly extinct creators, he seeks to save the empire from totalitarian revolutionaries and scheming warlords. The story can be called a tragedy in the classical sense, for the hero's most admirable quality -- uncompromising loyalty to his friends -- becomes a tragic flaw that prevents him from realizing his great dream. Nevertheless, he sets the stage for an eventual triumph in which he and his companions will, in a sense, participate.