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Preview — The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi
The Quantum Thief (Jean le Flambeur #1)
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 stealing rare Earth antiques from the aristocrats of Mars. Now he’s confined inside the Dilemma Prison, where every day he has to g...more
My summary doesn't do the book justice. There are so many ideas crammed in it's slim 331 pages. Before Le Flambeur can even get started on his quest, h ...more
That's not to say I never put it down. I had to put it down once in a while to let my brain heal. And my brain couldn't wait to get better and dive back in for some more words that made it hurt so good ...more
3 times is a real charm with this masterpiece. After two rereads my love for this book is even more...
"Being about to become someone else is a thrilling feeling, a tickle of possibility in my gut. There must have been times when I flicked from one identity to another, posthuman, zoku, baseline, Sobornost. And that makes me want to be the god of thieves again, more than anything."
This is an unusual case for me in that I really found that I loved and appreciated this book so much ...more
The Quantum Thief, the debut novel from Finnish speculative fiction author (and uber-smart string theory expert) Hannu Rajaniemi, has been the source of much gossip and speculation since selling on the strength of its first chapter for a number involving plenty of zeroes. It’s a novel I’ve been eagerly anticipating, so I was rather delighted when the lovely team at Gollancz Australia sent me a copy for review. Needless to say, havin ...more
I take her hand. She embraces me. She beats her wings and we rise up, through the glass sky, away from guns, memories and kings.
Similar sentences and passages of great beauty and wonder pepper this the narrative of this debut novel-which would be a great debut novel, if the people the sentences ...more
He set his gevulet to q-bomb the sapornov. Nano gogols shot through the web of the quantum lattice, setting a self-replicating sequence into his assailant's exomemory. Only 2 terrasecond ...more
The elements of the story include a dense and fine mix of cu ...more
This belongs to the "post-singularity" sub-genre of science fiction. "The singularity" was originally a name for a conceivable point in the future beyond which science fiction writers cannot extrapolate. Basically, the idea is that if we come to understand the human mind well enough to improve it through technology, and in particular our improvements make them better at the cognitive task of improving minds, then they'll be able to make even bette ...more
In the world of The Quantum Thief, several species have made Mars their home, most living in what is called The Oubliette. Through quantum technology, people can choose what others can know, see, or remember about them. The entire planet is made of architecture that is constantly moving and changing in order to escape the phoboi, which are always trying to reinfest the landsc ...more
The story is set in a post-human future, where the humankind had achieved digital immortality and god-like powers, and splitted into fractions, each with a different vision of its future. A thief, Jean le Flambeur, escapes a prison of one of the fractions and tries to find his memories on Mars, in a moving city of Oubliette, where he had hidden them from himself.
The story is stuffed (thanks to the author's physics backg ...more
Including this, a trippy and imaginative post human romp about a thief who can (and does) literally steal a moment of someone’s life away, and the detective chasing him. There is a lot of good stuff here, but it takes a while to come into play. Because seriously, when the o ...more
Protagonists are an Arsene Lupin and an Auguste Dupin, plus a Finnish soldier with a sentient ship (soldier and ship are great). Villains appear to be the Sobornost, which is an ancient orthodox Christian concept associated with slavophilia in the Russian Empire, a concept of the Old Right proper--nasty stuff, similar to Dostoevsky’s pocvennicestvo ideology. No surprise that the old Russian Empire is the model of the villain here, considering author is Finnish. ...more
I used Google to find out the meanings of some words and names because they are non-English. Plus, I read the first 100 pages, then I went back and started reading from the beginning once more.
Speaking for myself, if I hadn't studied programming and database concepts in college, and currently maintain a subscription to New Scientist magazine, I would not have understood most of this book. Not only does it throw you bodily and without apology or explanation into a future world of digital li ...more
Jean Le Flambeur is a famous thief, presently a prisoner of the Archons, whe ...more
This compares best to Charles Stross's Accelerando, but is better written and overall a better read. (As a side note, this is one of the very few hard sci-fi books where I prefer the American cover to the British one.)
The inner portions of the solar system, inside the orbit of Mars, are controlled by the Founders - massively ...more
I generally rate books according to how good I thought they were (inasmuch as "good" can be objectively evaluated), and how much I enjoyed them; these two factors are usually closely related, but not always. The Quantum Thief, as many other reviews make clear, is an idea-dense novel. Right from the first chapter, you get terms flung at you without explanation: oubliette, Ge ...more
The characters were less intriguing than the plot and world; I'm interested in The Fractal Prince because I want to know how this plays o ...more
The first novel of a Finnish mathematician, this Sci-fi novel - one of my favourite and oft-derided genres - is un ...more
Once they get to Mars things settle down a bit and I found myself liking it quite a bit more. Unfortunately, the central hook is that hoary old trope -- lost memory. Fucking amnesia? In my high concept science fiction? I don't care how much public-key ...more
As usual, I try to avoid giving too many details that could be spoilers (even though such information is readily available). In this review I veer towards a little more detail just to illustrate a point or two. They’r ...more
I quite enjoyed this book; however, I can see that it would be annoying to someone who is not into hard sci-fi. The reader is dumped into confusing action and unfamiliar vocabulary and jargon without pause for explanation. About a third of the way in, the reader is handed some background, so if they hang on until ...more
It was a difficult book to grasp as the new world was never really explained and you just had to learn what a whole bunch of strange terms like Oubliette, Tzaddikim, Sobornost meant as you went along ...more
While there were some difficulties in the rule we writers love to repeat time after time to each other, "show, don't tell", this novel was also a reminder that not all rules have to be followed ...more
Note: The re ...more
Es de los libros de ciencia ficción en donde la realidad se da conocida por el lector. Esto supone que el lector, hasta bien entrado el libro, esté bastante perdido. Desde el principio, y hasta el final, es un ejercicio de comprensión y búsqueda de términos. Intentas co ...more
Шагающий город Ублиетт - главный оплот марсианской демократии. После свержения королевской власти и уничтожения Юпитера здесь окопались даже последние враги Соборности из клана зоку.
Сюда ж ...more
It opens with a character in a prison where they are pushed through many, many, many variants of the Prisoner's Dilemma. And then, in the middle of one, someone breaks in -- someone from the Oort Cloud -- to rescue him. They need a thief. And their thief needs his memories back.
On Mars, Isidore is called in to inspect an ugly murder sce ...more
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Rajaniemi was born in Ylivieska, Finland. He holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Oulu, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics from the University of Ca ...more