Rajaniemi's debut The Quantum Thief took the Sci-Fi world by storm in 2010. It certainly made an impression on me. So saying I can't wait for the next book The Fractal Prince is no understatement, especially given the book was delayed a bit already. The organic looking spaceship art is quite eye catching, but I'm not a fan of the white background yet it does go along with the style from the UK paper release. Here is the blurb:
The sequel to Hannu Rajaniemi's extraordinary debut novel is set to build on the extravagent promise of one of the most exciting new voices to come out of the genre this century. Jean le Flambeur, posthuman thief, is out of prison, but still not free. To pay his debts to Oortian warrior Mieli and her mysterious patron the pellegrini, he has to break into the mind of a living god. Planning the ultimate heist takes Jean and Mieli from the haunted city of Sirr on broken Earth to the many-layered virtual realms of the mighty Sobornost. But when the stakes of the pellegrinis game are revealed, Jean has to decide how far he is willing to go to get the job done.The US cover was released sometime ago and again graced by wonderful Kekai Kotaki art. The Fractal Prince will be released in the UK from Gollancz and Tor in the US come this September.
On the edges of physical space a thief, helped by a sardonic ship, is trying to break into a Schrodinger box. He is doing the job for his patron, and owner of the ship, Mieli. In the box is his freedom. Or not. The box is protected by codes that twist logic and sanity. And the ship is under attack. The thief is nearly dead, the ship is being eaten alive. Jean de Flambeur is running out of time. All of him. And on earth, two sisters in a city of fast ones, shadow players and jinni contemplate a revolution. There are many more stories than can be told even in a thousand nights and one night, but these two stories will twist, and combine. And reality will spiral. 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 find out what the future held for Earth.
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