I haven’t read William Gibson recently – but Hannu may just get me back on the hard science fiction track. The book is available from Netgalley – click the cover to go to the NG page. I requested it. It usually takes a few days to get a “yes” or “no” from Netgalley.
“A storytelling skill rarely found from even the most experienced authors.”
“Hard to admit, but I think he’s better at this stuff than I am.”
—Charles Stross, author of Accelerando and The Rapture of the Nerds
Inside the firewall the city is alive. Buildings breathe, cars attack, angels patrol, and hyperintelligent pets rebel.
With unbridled invention and breakneck adventure, Hannu Rajaniemi is on the cutting-edge of science fiction. His post-apocalyptic, post-cyberpunk, and post-human tales are full of exhilarating energy and unpredictable optimism. Whether the next big step in technology is 3D printing, genetic alteration, or unlimited space travel, Rajaniemi writes about what happens after.
Publishing May 12, 2015
Praise for Hannu Rajaniemi
“Writing that’s striking, evocative…. Thoughtful, hard, densely realised and highly patterned, there’s nothing quite like it in contemporary SF”
“Rajaniemi is a virtuoso idea-smith, with a flair for stylish imagery and clever literary architecture.”
“With his challenging, intellectual high-wire-balancing-act novels, Hannu Rajaniemi is definitely a body thief supreme.”
—Barnes & Noble.com
Praise for The Quantum Thief
“Spectacularly and convincingly inventive, assured and wholly spellbinding: one of the most impressive debuts in years.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A stellar debut.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Rajaniemi has spectacularly delivered on the promise that this is likely to be the most important SF novel we’ll see this year.”
NetGalley Members Say…
Recommends This Book Strongly
Hannu Rajaniemi exploded on the international Science Fiction scene with the publication of THE QUANTUM THIEF and its predecessors involving the exploits of Jean Le Flambeur in a Post-Singularity future. But before this awesome event, Rajaniemi had steadily been publishing short stories of the quantum future in his native Finland and adopted Scotland. Here are the bulk of those stories, and they are quite something different indeed. This is not your father’s Science Fiction, no, and to describe it as “Hard Science Fiction” is misleading. This is ultra hard and mesmerizingly adroit writing, that reminds one of the first time encounter with William Gibson or Bruce Sterling at the beginning of Cyberpunk. So different and intoxicating in structure and idea. In fact, the ideas fly so fast and furious, you find yourself turning back to earlier passages to solidify your connection to the writing. There are seventeen award-worthy stories here and then it gets even stranger, for Rajaniemi began writing Twitter stories( 140 characters or less!) and explains this and includes multiple examples. Some people will be put off by the dense writing and the scatter-shot barrage of concepts, but if you are looking for something intriguing and are willing to work a little- the future is yours
Recommends This Book Yes
A wonderful, bizarre, cyberpunk-ish, post-human collection of short stories. Not all of the stories shine, and often I was left wanting more, but overall, a delightful, thought-provoking collection. This was my first introduction to Hannu Rajaniemi, and I will definitely be seeking out more.