The Quantum Thief (eBook)

Description


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 get up and kill himself before his other self can kill him.

Rescued by the mysterious Mieli and her flirtatious spacecraft, Jean is taken to the Oubliette, the Moving City of Mars, where time is currency, memories are treasures, and a moon-turnedsingularity lights the night. What Mieli offers is the chance to win back his freedom and the powers of his old self—in exchange for finishing the one heist he never quite managed.

As Jean undertakes a series of capers on behalf of Mieli and her mysterious masters, elsewhere in the Oubliette investigator Isidore Beautrelet is called in to investigate the murder of a chocolatier, and finds himself on the trail of an arch-criminal, a man named le Flambeur….

The Quantum Thief is a crazy joyride through the solar system several centuries hence, a world of marching cities, ubiquitous public-key encryption, people communicating by sharing memories, and a race of hyper-advanced humans who originated as MMORPG guild members. But for all its wonders, it is also a story powered by very human motives of betrayal, revenge, and jealousy. It is a stunning debut.
 
The Quantum Thief is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Science Fiction & Fantasy title.
 
One of Library Journal's Best SF/Fantasy Books of 2011

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About the Author


HANNU RAJANIEMI is from Finland and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he is a director of a think tank providing business services based on advanced math and artificial intelligence. He holds a Ph.D. in string theory and is a member of the same writing group that produced Hal Duncan. He wrote The Quantum Thief in English.

Praise for The Quantum Thief…


“Spectacularly and convincingly inventive, assured and wholly spellbinding: one of the most impressive debuts in years.”  —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A stellar debut."  —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Outstanding… A storytelling skill rarely found from even the most experienced authors.”
—Library Journal, starred review

"The best first SF novel I’ve read in years. Hard to admit, but I think he’s better at this stuff than I am.”  —Charles Stross

“Rajaniemi has spectacularly delivered on the promise that this is likely to be the most important SF novel we’ll see this year.”  —Locus

“Absolutely incredible… Endlessly inventive and compulsively readable. It’s one of the best books of the year.”  —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick

Product Details ISBN-13: 9781429957144
Published: Tor Books, 05/10/2011
Language: en