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I recently remembered reading a soft sci-fi novel about 10-15 years ago (borrowed from a library); the basic premise was of some space empire (based throughout the Solar System I believe, but primarily in Space rather than on planets, moons, etc.). Most people I believe lived on some kind of ring (Dyson-like maybe?), and there was matter replication-like capabilities and teleportation.

The Empire was ruled by a young (possibly eternal) Empress, with the protagonist being a male friend of hers (possibly an artist) who may have been in a relationship with her (possibly before she became Empress?). She somehow controlled all the technology (nanites?) which allowed people to do as they wished. The ending featured her being assassinated, but "surviving" by using the teleporters to duplicate herself so she could be with the protagonist.

I think the book had a title of something like "Singularity".

Does this ring a bell?

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    I want to say that "post-scarcity" is what you're looking for. – FuzzyBoots Nov 2 '17 at 12:26
  • I risked a look at post-scarcity on tvtropes and didn't see an obvious match. – Jeremy French Nov 2 '17 at 15:51
  • Charles Stross's "Singularity Sky" was published in that timeframe but I'm not sure it's what you're looking for. Link to Wikipedia page:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singularity_Sky – Emsley Wyatt Nov 2 '17 at 17:16
  • Leaving as a comment because not enough time to flesh out an answer, but this reminds me of Stross' Accelerando. Specifically the Empress part. Maybe someone else can put an actual answer. – DonFusili Nov 7 '17 at 10:36
  • Post-scarcity was what I was thinking of, thanks! – ivanm Nov 12 '17 at 3:05
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This sounds vaguely like Peter Hamilton's Greg Mandel Trilogy (Mindstar Rising, A Quantum Murder, The Nano Flower). Julia Evans would be the young eternal Empress character you refer to, and her fate matches your description. The protagonist, Greg Mandel, is a psychic detective who Julia employs to find her ex-husband.

  • That series looks good, but the one I'm thinking of was stand-alone and soft sci-fi (more "technology is flashy and great"). – ivanm Nov 12 '17 at 3:06

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