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Collected Fiction

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  530 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
'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
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Tachyon Publications (first published May 12th 2015)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
I had never read anything by Hannu Rajaniemi before I read this collection and I was a bit doubtful in the beginning because the two first stories didn't really rock my boat. Actually, I found myself a bit confused. It felt a bit like I had missed something and I had a bit of trouble understand what was going on. But by the third story, it started to get better.

I will not list all the stories in this collection instead I thought I would mention some of them that were really memorable.

The Hauntin
Althea Ann
Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it
A nice collection which could be a good introduction to Rajaniemi's work. Mainly science fiction with a splash of Finnish folklore thrown in, the book showcases a greater breadth to the author's talents than I'd expected, having only read one of his novels previously.

*** Deus Ex Homine
The world is recovering (?) from an AI plague... Computing viruses symbiotically meshed with human intelligence, creating 'gods.'
Now, a 'nerd' who was once a god and now relies on another kind of artificial symbion
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I love my cat.

However, after reading Hannu Rajamieni’s Collected Fiction my cat and I have scheduled a performance meeting to set some new feline goals. In Rajanieni’s frenetically inventive universes a good cat is one that dons weapons and launches a combined real-world and virtual guerrilla campaign in aid of its embattled owner. Sadly, my lazy tabby shows no interest in coding, co-ordinating air support or mastering small arms.

Anyway, my perpetually slumbering feline aside, if you’ve read The
Alexander Popov
Feb 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
This one actually verges on 4 stars, but since I gave as many to The Quantum Thief, one of my favorite SF books for the last 10 years or so, it feels right to make explicit the difference between the two.


It’s hard to even begin to express how much of a Hannu Rajaniemi fan I am. I have reviewed his books before (here and here in English, and here and here in Bulgarian), journeying through them has always been electrifying. His fiction is a vortex where the science and strangeness of the future m
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, scifi

Hannu Rajaniemi must be one of the most creative and ambitious science fiction writers in our era, and his imagination is fully displayed in the whimsical, imaginative, and often downright peculiar stories of the collection. In fact, to echo that motif, I'll start with the last two sections, in which his experimental streak is most prominent. The first, "Snow White is Dead," is intended to be an interactive neurofiction experience: machine learning algorithms used feedback from an electroenc
I am so thrilled to be finally reading this book that I have to put in a disclaimer that I'm a huge fan of Mr. Rajaniemi. My expectations are set very high, and as a result, I'm worried that the readings will fall far below it.

We'll see. I'll review stories as they affect me, and skip the ones that don't.

Deus ex Homine

It's just a freaking short story, and yet I got enough info running through my head to make one hell of a great novel, including a blow-you-out-of-the-water feel-good ending. If th
Yzabel Ginsberg
[I received a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

A few months ago, I read Hannu Rajaniemi's first two installments of "The Quantum Thief": not so easy to follow novels, but unique in their own right, because of their fascinating blend of science and, dare I say, poetry.

These short stories are a little easier to follow, while retaining this quality, as well as first sentences that almost always manage to pique my interest, combining as they do totally different elements. Ty
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
For my full review with detailed, longer reviews of each story in this anthology, go to my blog

This is Rajaniemi's second anthology after Words of Birth and Death's three stories. It collects his best-of stories, re-publishes stories that are not accessible anymore and brings three previously unpublished stories. Their length reach from twitter size to novelette, they are in the genres of SF and weird fiction.

Considering that Rajaniemi published stories since some 10 years, one might get the imp
Sara J. (kefuwa)
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people into quirky stuff, Otherland fans
Recommended to Sara J. by: Netgalley, and that cover(pretty!)
A truly eclectic and oft times bizarre collection of stories. Part surreal, part sublime, part cyberpunk - with some stories touching base with Finnish mythology/folklore and some stories having an almost light playful feel to them. There is even a sort of tribute to Calvino's Invisible Cities - but with planets which I found delightful (aptly titled "Invisible Planets").

The first few stories were a bit so-so for me, but it started picking up with "The Haunting of Apollo A7LB" - and then I real
HR has a truly weird and rich imagination: stories with servers and dragons, cats and dogs, evil babies, elements from Greek mythology and ‘Alice in wonderland’ (maybe) and many more, all entangled with very hard sci-fi concepts from quantum physics.

After the first story, I found myself staring at the kindle with mouth open. After the second, I tried to calm my neurons which were screaming in distress. Tried two more after that and marked it as read. It’s like watching a very erudite and sophist
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reading Hannu Rajaniemi inevitably makes me wish I was smarter. The science and physics in his novels usually have me pulling up Wikipedia for a crash course in string theory, quantum physics, entanglement, or something else my brain was previously unaware than I needed to know. Any other time, this kind of intense reading would put me off of an author, but Rajaniemi catapulted to near the top of my favorites with the release of his first novel, “The Quantum Thief.” It was a hard read, and a lot ...more
Mar 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Very few authors can put hard sf in a story without making it a boring science class or a pretentious show-off, and Rajaniemi is one of those chosen ones. You don’t feel dumb for not catching all those terms or weird names; in fact, they don’t really matter much, because they’re not the center of the story but an instrument when conveying big, complex concepts. I’ve been hearing about Rajaniemi for a long time, but the situation didn’t present itself for me to read one of his novels. Now that th ...more
Samantha (AK)
I knew nothing about Hannu Rajaniemi prior to reading this. It showed up in my recommendations and I was in the mood for short stories, so I snagged it on a whim.

Now that I'm done with it... I probably won't look for more by this author. It's fine, but it never got better than that. There's a mish-mash of genres here, from quantum physics to Finnish mythology (often within the same story, which sounds interesting but isn't really). As a collection, it's inconsistent, and I had a lot of trouble c
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A satisfying and eclectic collection of stories. There are a few recurring themes: dogs, social media and Finnish mythology. I was really looking forward to reading these stories and they didn't disappoint. I'm probably going to check out his novels in the future.

Invisible Planets
His Master's Voice
The Oldest Game
Fisher of Men
Unused Tomorrows and Other Stories
Carolyn F.
Netgalley - Anthology

1. Deus Ex Homine I am not a Grateful Dead officiando but the line "What a long, strange trip it's been" seems apropos, especially toward the ending. **

2. The Server and the Dragon. This story was kind of sweet and sad. Much better than the first one! Whew! ***

I could not finish the rest of this book. Either I'm not high enough or I'm not intelligent enough for these stream of consciousness stories but they were not enjoyable at all to me.

May 12, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Like with many short story collections, I liked some stories more than others. Couldn't really go with 4 stars, since that's what I gave Quantum Thief.
Apr 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, own, arc
Seregil of Rhiminee
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Risingshadow.

This is a short review of Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction. I'm glad I had a chance to take a look at this short story collection and its contents, because it's an excellent and versatile collection of different kind of science fiction stories written by a promising and talented author.

Hannu Rajaniemi has become a famous and respected science fiction author to many readers with his Jean le Flambeur trilogy (The Quantum Thief, The Fractal Prince and The Caus
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it

I had never read anything by Hannu Rajaniemi nor by anyone finnish, as far as I know. I loved reading about all the finnish snow, saunas, swearing, myths, and all else.
It's also been a while since I read any short story collection, so this was a very refreshing read in more ways than one.

The formatting was pretty good! The only thing I can recall is that in Tyche and the Ants some dialogues were not properly identified with a hyphen or inverted commas. An
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rounded up. I prefer Rajaniemi's novels and the collection is uneven, but there were some stories here I really liked (generally the longer, more hard-core SF ones). And I always enjoy the Finnish angle.
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an ebook of this book for free through NetGalley. I don't think it affected my review.

This collects short stories by Hannu Rajaniemi, perhaps best known for the hard SF post-singularity series that starts with The Quantum Thief.

Short story collections are by their nature a mixed bag... and ones that are all by the same author occasionally disappoint, when the things that attracted you to the author in the first place don't seem to be there, or are only a small part. Occasionally it's
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free copy of this via NetGalley and was not compensated in any way for this review. Thanks for letting me read!

I say that I like sci-fi but I hardly read any of the “harder” variety, and by “hard” I mean that weird stuff happens and you can hardly fathom it. Like a human being having a symbiote stuck to their head that helps them read people’s emotions, and automated combat armor that assists the pilot with an onboard AI (well…I just remembered Tony Stark has that, so it’s not like
Johan Haneveld
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hannu Rajaniemi is in my humble opinion the best current SF author. He's more full of life and humanity than Baxter, more speculative and out there tan Reynolds, fusing the craft of a master fairy tale author, the imagery of a surrealist Dali with the mind blowing ideas of a hacker/theoretical physicist. His stories expand the imagination- with a new term or concept in almost every sentence (this is not sci fi for those new to the genre), postulating a post-singularity future where thoughts can ...more
William Leight
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rajaniemi burst onto the scene with the Jean le Flambeur trilogy, in which he took up Iain M. Banks’s mantle as science fiction’s foremost purveyor of well-over-the-horizon technologies: not just the likes of AI, brain uploading, or nanotech — years beyond our current grasp, but visible from where we stand — but also those, like the WIMP beams characters deployed a few times, that relied on science that as of right now is still just theoretical speculation. As he was quite clever about deploying ...more
Scott Firestone
May 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I didn't know anything about Rajaniemi coming into this--other than knowing his The Quantum Thief has been on my To-Read list. This collection of short stories is on the cutting edge of science fiction.

Most of the stories deal with transhumanism, which is an area of science fiction I'm not much interested in. But that's my fault, and not Rajaniemi's. Despite that, I can't deny he's a talented writer, and some of these stories were very good and affecting--"The Haunting of Apollo A7LB" springs t
Gregory Frost
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Rajaniemi, whose background includes studies in theoretical physics and string theory, writes a kind of hard-science SF that I rarely see, where the pure mind-bending weirdness of the possible science and technology is not a problem posed that the characters have to solve, but is threaded into the weave of the story. Some of these stories are so strange that, upon finishing them, you have to turn around and read again to be sure you understand what you think you've just read. A clever, weird ...more
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
These stories are all so inventive and distinct from each other. There's very little recycled themes, tech or extrapolated social orders between any of them. That makes each one stand alone, but it also makes for a bit of disjointed as a collection. Several of these stories could launch their own series and I hope some do because they're very good.

One constant though is solid writing. Characters are sharp and the story gets to the point in an entertaining way.
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A wonderful, bizarre, cyberpunk-ish, post-human collection of short stories. Not all of the stories shine, and often I was left wanting more, but overall, a delightful, thought-provoking collection. This was my first introduction to Hannu Rajaniemi, and I will definitely be seeking out more.
4 stars

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EN: Hannu Rajaniemi is a Finnish author of science fiction and fantasy, who writes in both English and Finnish. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is a founding director of a technology consultancy company, ThinkTank Maths.

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
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