With unbridled invention and breakneck adventure, Hannu Rajaniemi is on the cutting-edge of science fiction. Read more...
With unbridled invention and breakneck adventure, Hannu Rajaniemi is on the cutting-edge of science fiction. His postapocalyptic, postcyberpunk, and posthuman 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 nanomachinesor 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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-05-04
- Reviewer: Staff
Technology features strongly in this solid speculative fiction collection by Rajaniemi (The Quantum Thief). His work is unabashedly in love with its genre, mixing complex technical jargon with classic, pulp-style plots along with a clear appreciation for speculative fiction. In the lengthy "Skywalker of Earth," a very modern woman gets caught up in a battle between two protagonists straight out of Astounding Stories, with the fate of the solar system at stake. Horror-fantasy appear along with the SF, as with "The Viper Blanket" or the comedic "Satan's Typist." On occasion, Rajaniemi trips over his own clever prose, especially when adding jarring pop culture references, but lush language more than makes up for it. Some stories focus on machines, but their characters still feel real, as in "The Jugaad Cathedral," where a Second Life world may be a second chance for a disabled person. This delightful trip into imaginative worlds brings a fresh take to timeless ideas. Agent: John Jarrold (U.K.). (May)