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The stories within the anthology consist of different time periods and perspectives from within the "empire". I'm pretty sure the empire is built based on a technology that allows suspended animation, possibly with the person's memories recorded on tapes. There was a story focused on an artist and one focused on a queen (leader of the empire?) who is only brought out of suspended once every x (100? 400?) years to see the progress and approve things. I believe that at least one of the queen's lieutenants is scheming against her. There was also the emergence of telepathic humans that threaten the empire and are destroyed (that last part might not be accurate, but instead another book getting mixed up in my memory). Overall, the series seemed to provide most of the focus on individuals within the society rather than on the society-wide moves.

Other scenes/stories I remember (or might be misremembering):

  • A reality star recording their entire life and selling it being talked into "one more day" to be set for life.
  • A video game player having his account/status ruined while he is in suspended animation
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This might be The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card. It consists of one novel and a number of short stories, which might explain why you recall

different time periods and perspectives from within the "empire".

(I leaned heavily upon Wikipedia to augment my meager memory).

the empire is built based on a technology that allows suspended animation

Society is based on "lengthening" one's life by going into suspended animation using a drug called Somec. The more valuable one is, the more downtime they get for the uptime, thus stretching their existence longer.

There was a story focused on an artist

Skipping Stones is about an artist too poor to sleep with Somec, but whose art benefits from his living a normal life.

one focused on a queen (leader of the empire?) who is only brought out of suspended once every x (100? 400?) years to see the progress and approve things.

And What Will We Do Tomorrow involves Abner Doon, one of the protagonists, meeting the Empress at her awakening - and admitting he's about to tear the empire apart. She is only awake 1 day out of every 5 years.

The was also the emergence of telepathic humans that threaten the empire and are destroyed

Another protagonist, Jason Worthing, is one of the few telepaths who survived the Empire's purge of them. When Abner Doon broke the empire, he sent Jason off who then fathered a super-race of telepaths and telekinetics; at a later date, they judge themselves unworthy and accept destruction. This story is told in The Worthing Chronicle.

A reality star recording their entire life and selling it being talked into "one more day" to be set for life.

Lifeloop deals with a reality show actress living a single show from wake to sleep so deeply that she rejects a suitor (thinking he was acting), but later wakes to find he was not.

A video game player having his account/status ruined while he is in suspended animation

In Breaking the Game Abner Doon famously took over a master gamer's positions during the gamer's downtime and managed to destroy a near-perfect winning position, as practice towards his goal of dismantling the sleep-based Empire. This short story was the answer to this question here.

  • ah thank you so much! I couldn't find it for the life of me. all the elements I kept searching for were too generic. – toilets Feb 15 at 11:28
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Also, depending on age, published as under the anthology Capital by Orson Scott Card. enter image description here. This collection just had the short stories involving Somec and the sleep skipping on Capital. The Worthing Chronicle interwove these stories into another larger novel, set much later in the future, after the destruction of Capital.

  • Wow! Same copy and cover as mine. – DannyMcG Feb 15 at 8:44
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    @DannyMcG Same edition, not the same copy, presumably ;-) – Rand al'Thor Feb 15 at 13:17

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