Review :: The Quantum Thief
The Quantum Thief
Tähtivaeltaja Award 2012, Locus Award nominee 2011.
The most exciting SF debut of the last 5 years – a star to stand alongside Reynolds and Morgan.
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.
Hannu Rajaniemi (born 1978) is Scottish-based Finnish SF writer. Rajaniemi's short fiction has featured in Interzone, Finnish magazines, the anthology Nova Scotia and two Best of the Year SF anthologies. Hannu has a Ph. D. in string theory and is a co-founder of ThinkTank Maths Limited, a technology consultancy.
Hannu Rajaniemi's favorite word is lumi.