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Hannu Rajaniemi

Author of The Quantum Thief

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Works by Hannu Rajaniemi

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Engineering Infinity (2011) — Contributor — 354 copies
Year's Best SF 11 (2006) — Contributor — 236 copies
Edge of Infinity (2012) — Contributor — 225 copies
Twenty-First Century Science Fiction (2013) — Contributor — 185 copies
The New Voices of Fantasy (2017) — Contributor — 180 copies
Reach for Infinity (2014) — Contributor — 141 copies
The Apex Book of World SF 2 (2012) — Contributor — 87 copies
The Best of World SF: Volume 1 (2021) — Contributor — 86 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2015 Edition (2015) — Contributor — 75 copies
Infinity's End (2018) — Contributor — 74 copies
Nova Scotia: New Scottish Speculative Fiction (2005) — Contributor — 63 copies
Future Tense Fiction: Stories of Tomorrow (2019) — Contributor — 59 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 4 (2019) — Contributor — 52 copies
The Eagle Has Landed: 50 Years of Lunar Science Fiction (2019) — Contributor — 34 copies
Nordic Visions: The Best of Nordic Speculative Fiction (2023) — Contributor — 32 copies
Make Shift: Dispatches from the Post-Pandemic Future (2021) — Contributor — 25 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 7 (2023) — Contributor — 21 copies
Arc 1.1: The Future Always Wins (2012) — Contributor — 15 copies
Pwning Tomorrow (2015) — Contributor — 12 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 50 • July 2014 (2014) — Contributor — 10 copies


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Rajaniemi, Hannu Jaakko
Ylivieska, Finland
Places of residence
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
San Francisco, California, USA
University of Oulu (BS|Mathematics)
Cambridge University
University of Edinburgh (PhD|mathematics)
ThinkTank Maths Limited
Writers' Bloc
John Jarrold
Short biography
Hannu Rajaniemi was born in Ylivieska, Finland, in 1978. He read his first science fiction novel at the age of 6 – Jules Verne's ''20,000 Leagues Under the Sea''. At the age of 8 Hannu approached ESA with a fusion-powered spaceship design, which was received with a polite thank you note.
Hannu studied mathematics and theoretical physics at the University of Oulu and completed a B.Sc. thesis on transcendental numbers. He went on to complete Part III of the Mathematical Tripos at Cambridge University and a PhD in string theory at University of Edinburgh. After completing his PhD, Hannu joined three partners to co-found ThinkTank Maths (TTM). The company provides mathematics-based technologies in the defence, space and energy sectors.
Hannu is a member of an Edinburgh-based writers' group which includes Alan Campbell, Jack Deighton, Caroline Dunford and Charles Stross. His first fiction sale was the short story ''Shibuya no Love'' to Futurismic.com. Hannu's first novel, ''The Quantum Thief'', is published by Gollancz in the UK and by Tor in the US.



Series Info/Source: This is the first book in the Jean le Falmbeur series. I borrowed this on audiobook from the library.

Thoughts: My husband and I were listening to this on audiobook while driving and neither of us really liked it. It jumps around too much, too much info-dumping, and the characters are lackluster at best. The narrator also had a very monotone voice which was hard to listen to and stay engaged with.

The story starts with Jean le Flambeur being trapped in a quantum prison where he is being replicated. He is rescued by Mieli who needs him to steal something. We then jump to a different character (whose name I can't remember right now). The story felt fractured because you spend a bit of time with Jean and then a lot of time with the other characters and then suddenly you are back to Jean again.

We didn't like either Jean or Mieli, both characters did not seem to have any depth to them and were very standoffish. We also didn't find the story very engaging. My husband mentioned he was a tad curious about what Jean had stolen to get put into prison, but beyond that they story just wasn't engaging.

I had borrowed this from the library so I ended up just returning it. After listening to a few hours of it (about 25% of the way in) neither of us wanted to listen to more. Which is kind of a bummer because I was excited to read this.

My Summary (3/5): Overall this wasn't for me (or my husband). The poor narration quality was part of this. That coupled with the way the story jumped around, the un-engaging story, and stiff characters just made this a no go. I was disappointed because I was really looking forward to reading this. We stopped at 25% of the way through the story and returned the book.
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krau0098 | 102 other reviews | Feb 15, 2024 |
The world-building that Rajaniemi undertakes in this book is so ambitious that it ultimately undercuts the story. This is particularly true at the end, where the matrioshka-doll-type worlds becomes confusing. I suppose that is part of the point: a post-singularity society by its very nature would be confusing. But we are a pre-singularity readership and I had a hard time absorbing the fullness of Rajaniemi's vision. This is a pity, because the author created characters that were engaging and believable and likable.… (more)
Treebeard_404 | 102 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
I'm really conflicted about this book. I actually feel very good talent of creation, not everyone can make something like THIS and keep it together long enough. With enough details and right amount of crazy new words and tech.

This world is ALIEN. From the beginning, in the middle, till the end. And it's consistent in its alien ways throughout the whole book. None of the characters are likable. None of them. Not even a single one. World conceptions even worse. They are taken beyond transhuman and far out. And they mean it. For me it's more like nauseating psychological horror than sci-fi.

And what? From the first third I desperately wanted for author to continue, grow, achieve, change, expand. And I want it after finishing. There is too much potential and talent to waste.
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WorkLastDay | 102 other reviews | Dec 17, 2023 |
Beautiful prose by a skillful writer is quickly overshadowed by a story too confusing for it's own good
hubrisinmotion | 102 other reviews | Nov 14, 2023 |



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