I'm trying to remember the name of this story, because it was awesome. Turns out the Roman Empire didn't really fall; it had just gone underground. Once spaceflight was invented, this hidden Roman Empire somehow established its own colony planet, and became the main rival of Earth.

The novel (actually a series of several) was good old fashioned fun; pistols, cutlasses, square-jawed space captains, and derring-do.

Can anyone help me out here?

  • Rome 'something' by Robert Silverberg maybe – DannyMcG Sep 13 '17 at 4:09
  • @Danny3414 Silverberg's Roma Eterna? That's about an alternate world where the Roman Empire never fell. The OP is asking about a story where the Roman Empire went "underground"—whatever that could mean. – user14111 Sep 13 '17 at 4:17
  • Yeah I didn't read the question too well did I? Just saw Romans in space and the Silverberg memory popped up – DannyMcG Sep 13 '17 at 4:40
  • @Danny3414 The Silverberg book is probably way better than the one the OP is looking for. – user14111 Sep 13 '17 at 4:43
  • @Danny3414 it's not Roma Aeterna (which is a good read BTW, just a very different style). This one is more schlocky in an over-the-top fun way. The Romans' main enemy is America (iiiiiinnnn spaaaaaaaace), if that helps. – akaioi Sep 13 '17 at 4:59

Roma Nova series by Rebecca M Maluch -

(Quotes from a review by SF author Jo Walton)

There are five of them The Myriad (2003), Wolf Star (2005), The Sagittarius Command (2007), Strength and Honor (2009) and The Ninth Circle (2011).

There are a number of things about them that are absolutely wonderful. There are also other things about them that are just cringe-inducingly terrible. I can’t think of anything else offhand that needs me to forgive so much but which remains worth it.

To start with, there are Romans in space. And there are American marines in space. And in a logical universe they’d be fighting each other, but in the universe they find themselves in they are allied against amazingly horrific FTL tentacled aliens. Now, if that doesn’t already have you sitting up straighter in your chair, these books are probably not for you. But there’s also an awesome narrative element in play in these books, which is what makes me really like them.

You know why there are Romans in space, in our future? It’s because the Roman Empire never died, it just became a huge underground conspiracy, running the world in secret until there was a suitable terraformed planet, Palatine, whereupon they grabbed it and sent out the call and lots of doctors and lawyers and classics majors up and left Earth to head for Nova Roma to re-found the empire. (The only reason I know that this conspiracy doesn’t really exist is that if it did, I would be in it. See you on Palatine!)

Source... https://www.tor.com/2012/08/29/romans-and-aliens-rm-meluchs-tour-of-the-merrimack-books/

  • I almost upvoted, and then I noticed that you haven't sourced the review by Jo Walton. Please give the source of the review, and a link if it's available online. Oh, and please format it as a block quote. thanks. – user14111 Sep 13 '17 at 5:19
  • Don't have the technical capability/knowhow to 'format it as a block quote' sorry (Not even sure what that means tbh) – DannyMcG Sep 13 '17 at 5:24
  • Okay no probs. Cheers – DannyMcG Sep 13 '17 at 5:26
  • Sorry @Narusan, didn't know you were editing it. – user14111 Sep 13 '17 at 5:28
  • @Danny3414 No worries. Just put this ">" in the beginning of a line and it will be the quote-style. – Narusan Sep 13 '17 at 5:30

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