"The good thing is, no one will ever die again. The bad thing is, everyone will want to."
A physicist receives a mysterious paper. The ideas in it are far, far ahead of current thinking and quite, quite terrifying. In a city of "fast ones," shadow players, and jinni, two sisters contemplate a revolution.
And on the edges of reality a thief, helped by a sardonic ship, is trying to break into a Schrödinger box for his patron. In the box is his freedom. Or not.
Jean de Flambeur is back. And he's running out of time.
In Hannu Rajaniemi's sparkling follow-up to the critically acclaimed international sensation The Quantum Thief, he returns to his awe-inspiring vision of the universe…and we discover what the future held for Earth.
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Rajaniemi's fun if sometimes torturously convoluted follow-up to 2011's The Quantum Thief returns to the adventures of Jean le Flambeur, posthuman master thief, still unable to remember much of his past and now forced to work for space captain Mieli and her goddess/debtor Jos phine Pellegrini. On Earth, meanwhile, Tawaddud Gomelez schemes to advance her powerful father's political fortunes and put behind her a blemished past that includes a dalliance with a jinni. Rajaniemi plays with Arabian Nights references, from a character named Dunyazad, after Scheherazade's sister, to multilayered storytelling, but these elements never quite work alongside the hard postsingularity SF of Jean's story. The plot can get muddled as a result, but Rajaniemi's witty language ("On the day the Hunter comes for me, I am killing ghost cats from the Schr dinger Box") and charmingly wry hero will make the read well worth the effort for the first installment's fans.
An Incredible Tale Set in the Posthuman Future
Hannu Rajaniemi takes the reader on another wild ride through the post-singularity post-human future. The ideas and concepts in this book come so fast and furious that one has to just accept that they will make sense. However, there is characterization and story here as well.
“The Fractal Prince” picks up the story line from “The Quantum Thief” when our thief and his Oortian Warrior Angel seek to find a prize on Old Earth, which may change the balance of power among the Founders of the post-singularity Sobornorst.
The story is told in two threads that converge into a singular narrative. Each is fascinating and full of amazing ideas from the cutting edges of futurism. However weird, there are still characters, even if they are sometimes far more than human. The story sweeps you up and carries you along with it, and you find it is over all too soon.
Arthur C. Clarke once said that any sufficiently advance technology would be indistinguishable from magic. The author puts this into practice in a book full of magic disguised as science. Like William Gibson who invented this genre, his prose is beautiful, like poetry. The novel is brilliant, but the ending is so obscure I'm still not sure what exactly happened. I would say a read of the Quantum Thief is a prerequisite to understanding this sequel. If you liked the first book, hop on for this magic carpet ride. I look forward to the final installment of this trilogy.
The Fractal Prince
If you love far future extrapolations, hard sci-fi, engaging plotting & a decent cast of characters you'll love this book & it's predecessor The Quantum Thief. Rajaniemi is creative and a good storyteller along the lines of Charles stross.