Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Rough Guide to Space Opera: Hannu Rajaniemi - Blue Tyson

Hannu Rajaniemi is a polymath who hopefully is not a race car driver, rock star, or brain surgeon along with the rest. For a Finn, he writes rather excellently in English, as can be seen in the really good debut novel The Quantum Thief. This is about a posthuman thief in the style of Arsene Lupin, who has to get out of jail and find out what is really going on with these artificial intelligences and in Martian society. He has to also orchestrate a caper with a partner riding herd on him and find out what he used to be up to.



He also also written a small number of short stories, some of which are very good, and you can find a couple online.



You'd think with his genius, or the publisher calling it 'The Most Exciting Debut In Five Years' and having a noted cool opening they could manage an excerpt of such. No such level of professional competence on display, however.



The Quantum Thief



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