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