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The Quantum Thief

By Hannu Rajaniemi

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Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 November 2011
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.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 . . .

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The most exciting SF debut of the last five years - a star to stand alongside Alistair Reynolds and Richard Morgan.

About the Author

Hannu Rajaniemi is from Finland. He is 30 years old and has a PhD in string theory. He has lived, taught and worked in Edinburgh for the last seven years where he was a member of the high profile writing group that also included Hal Duncan and Alan Campbell.

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A master thief, a spaceship pilot, her sentient spaceship, and a beleaguered detective make up the building blocks of this remarkable debut by a talented Finnish master of literary sf on a par with Gene Wolfe and Samuel R. Delaney. (LJ 3/15/11) (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

This is a sci-fi book to read; the world is pieced together masterfully and you get a detective/adventure story all in one. -- Linda Bloduedd * BOOK GIRL OF MUR-Y-CASTELL Blog *

EAN: 9780575088894
ISBN: 0575088893
Publisher: Gollancz
Dimensions: 13.1 x 20 x 2.2 centimetres (0.20 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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