The Fractal Prince: Book summary and reviews of The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi

The Fractal Prince

By Hannu Rajaniemi

The Fractal Prince

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"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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"The Fractal Prince addresses some of the largest issues – immortality and death, love and betrayal, the power of story – but it feels more like an intricate, bejewelled device than a deathstar. Often beautiful, it's also, often, rather stiff: a complex but inert piece of art, a mannequin rather than a real boy. But that's as much a strength as a weakness. Thoughtful, hard, densely realised and highly patterned, there's nothing quite like it in contemporary SF." - The Guardian (UK)

"The Fractal Prince is fantastically crafted, studiously stimulating, and aesthetically oh-so-satisfying science fiction. Hannu Rajaniemi may not be a man to hold hands, but surely exploration is more interesting, ultimately, than instruction. So sure, you'll burn a few brain cells reading his new book, but this is a fair price to pay for such calculated artistry." - Tor.com

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Born and raised in Finland, Hannu Rajaniemi lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he is a founding director of a financial consultancy, ThinkTank Maths. He is the holder of several advanced degrees in mathematics and physics. Multilingual from an early age, he writes his science fiction in English.

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