Empire is a science fiction novel by Clifford D. Simak, first published in 1951.
In a future time, the solar system is powered by one energy source, controlled by one huge organisation, which has plans to use this control to dominate the planets.
Unknown to them, a couple of maverick scientists accidentally develop a completely new form of energy supply and threaten the corporation's monopoly. Naturally, the corporation can't allow this to happen...
A stunning story about the manipulation of pure energy, climaxing in interstellar conflict.