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Hannu Rajaniemi


Deus Ex Homine

Hannu Rajaniemi

This short story originally appeared in Nova Scotia: New Scottish Speculative Fiction (2005), edited by Andrew J. Wilson and Neil Williamson. It can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Third Annual Collection (2006), edited by Gardner Dozois, and Year's Best SF 11 (2006), edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Kramer. The Story is included in the collection Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction (2015).

Elegy for a Young Elk

Hannu Rajaniemi

Short story originally published in Subterranean Magazine, Spring 2010. It can also be found in the anthologies The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Five (2011), edited by Jonathan Strahan and The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Eighth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois. It is also included inthe collection Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction (2015).

Read the full story for free at Subterranean Magazine.

Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction

Hannu Rajaniemi

Inside the firewall the city is alive. Buildings breathe, cars attack, angels patrol, and hyper-intelligent 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.

How will human nature react when the only limit to desire is creativity? When the distinction between humans and gods is as small as nanomachines--or as large as the universe? Whether the next big step in technology is 3D printing, genetic alteration, or unlimited space travel, Rajaniemi writes about what happens after.

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His Master's Voice

Hannu Rajaniemi

Sturgeon Award nominated short story. It originally appeared in Interzone, #218 October 2008. The story can also be found in the anthologies The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Three (2009), edited by Jonathan Strahan, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Three (2009), edited by Gardner Dozois and Twenty-First Century Science Fiction (2013), edited by David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden. The story is included in the collection Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction (2015).

Read the story for free at Redstone Science Fiction.

Invisible Planets

Hannu Rajaniemi

This short story originally appeared in the anthology Reach for Infinity (2014), edited by Jonathan Strahan. It can also be found in the anthology The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2015, edited by Rich Horton. The story is included in the collection Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction (2015).

Summerland

Hannu Rajaniemi

An awe-inspiring account of the afterlife and what happens when it spills over into the world of the living. The new novel from the most exciting new voice in the genre since Neal Stephenson.

Loss is a thing of the past. Murder is obsolete. Death is just the beginning.

In 1938, death is no longer feared but exploited. Since the discovery of the afterlife, the British Empire has extended its reach into Summerland, a metropolis for the recently deceased.

Yet Britain isn't the only contender for power in this life and the next. The Soviets have spies in Summerland, and the technology to build their own god.

When SIS agent Rachel White gets a lead on one of the Soviet moles, blowing the whistle puts her hard-earned career at risk. The spy has friends in high places, and she will have to go rogue to bring him in.

But how do you catch a man who's already dead?

The Server and the Dragon

Hannu Rajaniemi

This short story originally appeared in the anthology Engineering Infinity (2010), editedd by Jonathan Strahan. It can also be found in the anthologies The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Six (2012), edited by Jonathan Strahan, and Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology (2012), edited by John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly. The story is included in the collection Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction (2015).

Tyche and the Ants

Hannu Rajaniemi

This short story originally appeared in Edge of Infinity (2012), edited by Jonathan Strahan, and was reprinted in Clarkesworld Magazine, #104 May 2015. It can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection (2013), edited by Gardner Dozois, and The Eagle Has Landed: 50 Years of Lunar Science Fiction (2019), edited by Neil Clarke. The story is collected in Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction (2015).

Read the full story for free at Clarkesworld.

Lions and Gazelles

Future Tense

Hannu Rajaniemi

This short story originally appeared on Slate.com in September 2018, and was later anthologized in The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Four (2019) edited by Neil Clarke and Future Tense Fiction: Stories of Tomorrow (2019) from Unnamed Press.

Read this story for free at Slate.com.

The Quantum Thief

The Quantum Thief Trilogy: Book 1

Hannu Rajaniemi

Jean le Flambeur is a post-human criminal, mind burglar, confidence artist and trickster. His origins are shrouded in mystery, but his exploits are known throughout the Heterarchy - from breaking into the vast Zeusbrains of the Inner System to steal their thoughts, to stealing rare Earth antiques from the aristocrats of the Moving Cities of Mars. Except that Jean made one mistake. Now he is condemned to play endless variations of a game-theoretic riddle in the vast virtual jail of the Axelrod Archons - the Dilemma Prison - against countless copies of himself.

Jean's routine of death, defection and cooperation is upset by the arrival of Mieli and her spidership, Perhonen. She offers him a chance to win back his freedom and the powers of his old self - in exchange for finishing the one heist he never quite managed ...

The Quantum Thief is a dazzling hard SF novel set in the solar system of the far future - a heist novel peopled by bizarre post-humans but powered by very human motives of betrayal, revenge and jealousy. It is a stunning debut.

The Fractal Prince

The Quantum Thief Trilogy: Book 2

Hannu Rajaniemi

"The good thing is, no one will ever die again. The bad thing is, everyone will want to."

A physicist receives a mysterious paper. The ideas in it are far, far ahead of current thinking and quite, quite terrifying. In a city of "fast ones," shadow players, and jinni, two sisters contemplate a revolution. And on the edges of reality a thief, helped by a sardonic ship, is trying to break into a Schrödinger box for his patron. In the box is his freedom. Or not.

Jean de Flambeur is back. And he's running out of time.

In Hannu Rajaniemi's sparkling follow-up to the critically acclaimed international sensation The Quantum Thief, he returns to his awe-inspiring vision of the universe...and we discover what the future held for Earth.

The Causal Angel

The Quantum Thief Trilogy: Book 3

Hannu Rajaniemi

With his infectious love of storytelling in all its forms, his rich characterization and his unrivaled grasp of thrillingly bizarre cutting-edge science, Hannu Rajaniemi swiftly set a new benchmark for Science Fiction in the 21st century. Now, with his third novel, he completes the tale of the many lives, and minds, of gentleman rogue Jean de Flambeur.

Influenced as much by the fin de siècle novels of Maurice leBlanc as he is by the greats of SF, Rajaniemi weaves intricate, warm capers through dazzling science, extraordinary visions of a wild future,and deep conjectures on the nature of reality and story.

In The Causal Angel we will discover the ultimate fates of Jean, his employer Miele, the independently minded ship Perhonnen, and the rest of a fractured and diverse humanity flung throughout the solar system.

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