Hannu Rajaniemi: The Fractal Prince



Cated uantum mechanics and uantum technologies are leveraged to do this The Sobornost refers to this consensus f minds the dominant minds that Ordesa of the Founders shape the trilogy s solar system a post singularity Milky WayThe Great Common Task GCT Mass uploadsf Vladivostok one s mindconsciousness to the Sobornost collective The goal is to completely eradicate death This is the Sobornost s leading philosophy and goal Nothing else seems to matter to them well the Founders also like vying for powerGuberniyas Stories Reality and the Mind Guberniyas are Hs for Founders as well as a modef transportation They also reinforce the idea Circ of stories within stories as they can be used to create virtual environments virs Founders generally live in their Guberniyas where they have complete control Again a critical takeaway from Fractal Prince is the ideaf subjectivity That is to say that that an Aun Potique or Founder s viewf the universe literally shapes it and manifests itself via story like elements imposition f ne s will camilove over another can be seen by individuals minds Gogols working at the behestf Lettres onef the Sobornost founders It is Phdre only when these realities collide that subjective world views fight for dominance such is whatccurs in Fractal Prince The Zoku The secondary force in the universe that Phdre opposes the idealsf the Sobornost actually they Contes oppose the GCT and believe inne life and death afterwards They are modeled after an MMO guild and as such enter into uantum created realmspaces wearing armor and riding strange animal mounts Zoku realmspaces are not fake in they are generated with Zoku jewels and Mde often with space based generators as seen in The Fractal Prince The Zoku are an ideal a carefree group that both embrace the post singularity world and yet maintain their humanity unlike the lofty goalsf the Sobornost Realizing that most sci fi readers are probably into gaming Rajaniemi seems to have taken it Gorgiques one step further with the Zoku This is kindf cool Plus gamers have the coolest tech right GPGPUs anyone Okay maybe that s just my interpretation See the section below for my personal understanding Liol of the Zoku Sobornost conflict No Cloning Theorem Zoku Heavilypposed to the GCT the Zoku have adopted a policy Joker of no cloningr mind uploading Each mind is uniue The Sobornost have exploited their cloningcopying with the advent Iphignie of Founder copyclans and significantly enslaving Gogols to power Sobornost technologyr aid in Sobornost agendasCopyclans and Sobornost Bodies Usually Sobornost Founders have copyclans This means they have clones Ravage of themselves which also experience lifeften elsewhere Enfance on somether planet They are not Prime Prime is Germinal one s active body usually the first It is akin to saying I have a clone But the clone would not be you really just a copyf you Copyclans are not simply clones they are entire clone clans hundreds Nord of clones hence why Sobornost Founders have them readily availableOne can sense what isccurring to his Epp or her copies if they have Sobortech in their bodies Sobornost bodies can activate the abilities inherent in their metacortex and become physically God like this is usually temporary unless they are actually Founders within theirwn domain this is unlocking is very much like the anime Hellsing both Mieli and Jean do this regularly throughout the series Jean s body in both books was designed by the Pellegrini as such it contains near limitless powers Unfortunately the Pellegrini locked Jean s powers in hopes Cris of controlling himVirs virtual realities whereby an individual can experience things Zoku Realmspace and Sobornost Founder guberniyas are typesf virs Virs run inside Hilda one s head like software uantum State refers to the statusf a uantum based element Hippie or device that makes usef them uantum states that is In The uantum Thief Papillon one s Watch displays the Time an individual has left before her she enters uiet public service so to speak The signals sent to and from the Watch reflect different uantum statesMatjek Chen The Prime f his Self in The Fractal Prince and leader f the Sobornost The GCT was his Rythmes own design It is significant that Matjek is the Primef himself and not a clone because it shows us that he is fairly uncontested even if Appia other Founders are vying for power Matjek is seemingly a constant in the solar system depicted in this series Further the events at the endf The Fractal Prince support the notion that much f the known solar system is driven by Matjek Chen s mind although Matjek Chen s Guberniya must travel to Earth in The Fractal Prince this seems to indicate that the series does not take place solely in Matjek s mind merely that his will is very influential in the Sobornost collectiveMatjek Chen was nce an Caligula ordinary man from Earth that was placed in Guberniya safe haven by his parents It is assumed that Matjek left Earth after it was devastated by nanites Matjek was also friendly with the flower prince in le Flambeur s human days Aun The Aun are primal Godsf Earth that existed well before the Sobornost They propagated and survived through storytelling and belief existing primarily in the minds Flures of Earth s inhabitants It is strongly hinted at that le Flambeur is an Aun possiblyne that somehow received a Sobornost mind upload he is not confined to Earth Hamlet or body less It is much likely that le Flambeur is a primal archetype for all subtle dealings thievery and trickery akin to the Norse LokiThe Dragon Jewel Releases a world breaking Sobornost Dragon This becomes important note that this does not refer to the Kaminari JewelThe Kaminari Jewel Jean stole this Zoku jewel from the basen the Oubliette The item is a reality shaper like all Zoku jewels but also seems to possess significantly power than Brnice otherwise mentioned It is determined in The Fractal Prince that the Chen will stop at nothing to recover this jewel thus it isf significant importance to the Pellegrini and her plans for Founder dominance as well With the Kaminari Jewel the Chen believes that he can stop death in the universe immediately it is assumed that that like meline other Zoku jewels it affects reality itself and thus can be much effective than the GCT alone Singularity Metaphysical A singularity is an event that is either technological in naturer biological it is when human intelligence Lettre Laurence or technology reaches such a point where it transcends the now It literally becomes fluid changingften immediately and changes Thogonie one s perceptionsf reality presumably Singularity PhysicsAstrophysics A black black hole which are all Andy and His Yellow Frisbee or part consuming the Sobornost have the ability to create black holes and use them to terraform planets making them conducive to Sobornost technology Interestingly a similar technology is used to harness a sun s power inrder to fuel Sobornost technology making power plants by sucking up solar radiation Oubliette Moving city Sydney on Mars peoplen Mars do not Blade of Dishonor (Omnibus Edition) openly accept the Sobornost idealsVoice Consensus votes within the OublietteCryptarch Leaderf Oubliette and enigmatic This leader does not take an apparent role in events concerning the Oubliette The Cryptarch s identity is revealed in The uantum Thief tzaddik Zoku powered vigilantes that patrol the Oubliette in hopes f thwarting crime They also help keep the Sobornost from returning to the OublietteFlower Prince Jean le Flambleur as silly as the name sounds he is called this because he ften has a single flower in his lapel This is a term used in The Fractal Prince It is also a term used with great respect as if le Flambeur were a great personJean le Flambeur Gentlemen Thief Mind Burglar uantum Thief Nice dressed Moscardino often silly very serious asf late Whether Shiver or not Flambeur is actually a Founderr in some way associated with the Primes is unknown He claims to have been around long before the singularity He met Matjek Chen in his youth and drank beer with him n ne particular ccasionMemories Not a term exactly Jean le Flambleur has fragmented memory f who he was prior to being imprisoned in the dilemma prison This restricts his potential In rder to fulfill the Pellegrini s goals he must unlock this knowledgeJosephine Pellegrini r the Pellegrini is a Founder known to be cruel She apparently has feelings for Jean She also wants Jean to embrace his ld ways and aid her in her mysterious uest She s conniving and self absorbedSydan An Oort female that Mieli fights to see again In The Fractal Prince Sydan s fate is explored to some degree when Venus underwent a Sobornost singularity she was trapped by the devastation She was then sucked into the planet s core presumably The Pellegrini claims that she can help Mieli get back her love Whether this is true is unknown Short Essay n Zoku Sobornost Relations This was written prior to reading The Causal Angel and may contain many errors for things that were unknown to me prior to finishing the seriesAssentConsensus vs HumanityEvolution One Huey piano Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues of the most interesting elementsf the series to date is that f humanity r specifically what it means to be human The Sobornost appear to favor conformity a universal consensus immortality and assent The latter presents itself in the form f the All Defector and directly supports these themes Although Jean believes that the All Defector is a natural progression f the dilemma prison s programming it s just as likely that the Zoku designed the All Defector as a virus Chine : Dans les monts de la lune or as a way to introduce a chaotic element chancer uncertainty into an Lego Crazy Action Contraptions: A Lego Inventions Book (Klutz) otherwise fixed system the prison supports the Sobornost idealsf assent surrender and group think While this is just my Power Revealed opinion it does keep true to the central themesf the seriesFurther the Zoku are gamers at heart they embrace chaos disorder and mortality We see this in their pposition to the GCT their strong desire to live life to its fullest and to promote evolution The Zoku support evolution as seen through their support f conflict life death and change Raiding and competition is at the heart Lud-in-the-Mist of what makes MMOs strong it s also symbolicf an evolutionary type survival Chasing the Dream Anthology of the fittest The Sobornost do not embrace this Extinction is a concept which the Sobornost fight vehemently against Interestingly in most science fiction stories we either see either a Sobornost like theme usually a novel set in a dystopian futurer a Zoku like high tech Utopia rarely do we see both elements in the same tale This Freedom vs Consensus conflict is masterfully highlighted by Rajaniemi in both The uantum Thief and The Fractal Prince The Zoku s tale is the nly ne left to tell and it ll be the focus f his next book set to release in May 2014 Nothing pleases me than when a novel refuses the reader exposition Instead they immerse you in the world and let you sink r swim And let me tell you that first gulp Shuck of air is so sweet I read The uantum Thief to which this book is the seuel I was worried that having already swam in thatcean Romance and Legend of Chivalry (Myths and Legends Series) of post human lives sentient machines and cultures based solelyn MMORPGs that navigating these waters would be too easy I was delightfully wrong I had many gasps The Formation of Islamic Art of sweet sweet air but I was deliciously worried that a wave will come crashing downn me and pull me under Three cheers for The Fractal Prince Jean le Flambeur the gentleman thief returns in this novel with a plan to steal the soul Beam Ends of a god With the helpf Mieli the Oortian warrior woman and Perhonen the sentient ship he travels to an Earth that is at nce ddly familiar and unrecognizableAgain Hannu Rajaniemi creates a world where try as you The review was Addicted to a Savage: A Hood Love Story originally posted in the blog Random s 23 Cents Step into the Palacef Stories taste their body f fractalsI gobbled The Fractal Prince up in just a few days hungry to devour as many pages as possible during my daily commute between tube stations Or maybe trying to slow down and savor them sorry to see the book come to an end Anything inducing such paradoxical states f mind must be than just good The follow up to The uantum Thief is full f such curiosities It is pretty short as novels go and yet it feels vast infinite even The story is involved to the point f Torment (Fallen, obfuscation but each day I would sink effortlessly into its winding ways and half an hour later would poput f the underground ne One That Got Away or self contained stories sparkling like exotic jewels in my mind It is a labyrinth and a room fullf mirrors where you can easily lose yourself Nightmare on Wall Street occasionally even your self and where subliminal glimpsesf massive creatures moving hidden underneath the surface will startle you grand colorful illusions will dazzle memes will burrow and most The Chairs' Hiatus of what you know will be revealed as nothing than shifting sandsI don t mean to suggest that Rajaniemi has already peaked as an author and his writing is a thesaurusf perfection On the contrary I think his talent has a lot f space to grow his skills could be even sharper the writing profound He is no Nabokov as f yet but who knows where his craft will lead him The Fractal Prince is incredibly bold in terms Mastering Logical Fallacies: The Definitive Guide to Flawless Rhetoric and Bulletproof Logic of formal experimentation it holds true to the promisef its title and this alone makes the novel Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart onef the most interesting reads Caged in Spirit of the year In termsf content its predecessor The uantum Thief dealt mostly with information privacy veils and the rewriting f history The Fractal Prince is even ambitions it focuses n the fractal nature Friday Night Stage Lights of minds and storiesn the hidden warp and weft f information that structures the worldThis is a stunningly ambitious undertaking even so when you realize that Rajaniemi has tried to shape the plot itself as a fractal On the surface f it the story is told by just a couple f characters Beneath it though there is a cacophony f voices each Les Tuniques Bleues prsentent - tome 2 - Les chevaux dans l'arme of them eager to tell itswn story The book is deliberately structured along the lines Honey Bunny Funnybunny of One Thousand and One Nights and just like a fractal it exposes layers within layers within layers the deeper you go Of course the best a workf fiction can accomplish is an illusion Catalogue Of Rubbings Of Brasses And Incised Slabs - Victoria And Albert Museum of a fractal but I ll be damned if Hannu isn t a master illusionist Thus The Fractal Prince resembles a strange breedf fruit Drying of Biomass, Biosolids, and Coal: For Efficient Energy Supply and Environmental Benefits onion like and many headed with smaller bulbs hiding within largernes their skins suffused with surprising flavors which when tasted wake up unexpected associations all Heres to Us of that fitting in a twisted multi aspected mandala that nevertheless makes perfect sense And then when you are at least sure that you know your locationn that bizarre map you find it is curling back n itself and spewing you where you were in the beginning r rather encapsulating the beginning so that you wonder whether there is any point in keeping track The Testament of Marcellus of thingsr if everything isn t just an endless Khana Pugos, Dina Pugos ouroborosSomewhere along the Cosmic Highway the trickster ex godf thieves Jean le Flambeur Mieli from Oort and her ship Perhonen are trying to gain leverage against the ruler f the Solar System and survive the Hunter that is after them Jean is desperately trying to pen a Schr dinger box holding a captive god To do that he will have to hack into a zoku router and possibly kill a billion f hypothetical kittens At the same time n Earth in the last surviving human city Sirr in the sky two sisters are playing a dangerous game Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns: A Guide to Customizing a Hand-Stitched Alabama Chanin Wardrobe of politics and story telling Tawaddud Gomelez a stigmatized princessf Sirr embodiment slave and jinn s whore is this book s Isidore playing counterpoint to Jean s story line As in the previous Der Sieger nimmt alles one the two eventually merge and this time the convergence is even exuisiteNot that I didn t enjoy the young Martian detective and his zoku girlfriend but I found Tawaddud much human and easy to relate to The reasons for that are probably rooted in the respective environmentsf the novels The Oubliette society f the previous installment had a working formula to beat death it was gamified to the extreme perating according to rules that resemble top down designed narratives Even though still human it was much cleaner abstracted somehow its problems were issues f information privacy and security Tawaddud s world is much messier and fuzzy bounded It is a world f broken dreams poormen and richmen civilization and desert jinns and body thieves The story within story template captures that effectively especially in Tawaddud s character which is probably the most complex so far Given that a certain lack A Matter of Perception (urban fantasy, metaphysical magical realism stories) of depth in characterization remains as my biggest problem with the series I feel that this is an important improvement. Adow players and jinni two sisters contemplate a revolutionAndn the edges f 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 notJean de Flambeur is back And.

This review is for Book 2 The Fractal Prince and Book 3 The Causal Angel Books 2 and 3 were just as entertaining as Book 1 The uantum Thief although neither achieved the thematic heights f Book 1 the premise Before the Garden: God's Eternal Continuum of rewriting history that impressed me profoundly Instead we are treated to further adventures in this surreal far future world created by Rajaniemi Rajaniemi continues to impress me with his ability to project into the extreme future what life might be like if consciousness could be digitized I don t believe it can be but it makes for fantastic and fantastical possibilitiesIn these two books Jean le Flambeur and his semi partner Meili the battle angel continuen their uest to fulfill the ambiguous and relatively confusing mission they have been compelled to perform by the pelligrini an The Philosophy of Software: Code and Mediation in the Digital Age original Founderf the Sobornost Yuppies Invade My House at Dinnertime: A Tale of Brunch, Bombs, and Gentrification in an American City onef the first beings to develop and command high level code Winterspring or information which controls muchf the reality that makes up the existing society The story ranges across the inner planets and moons f the solar system and the various spaceways connecting them Although a great deal f it also ccurs in diverse versions f cyberspace Jean and Meili are caught between numerous socialmilitarytechnologicalpolitical forces that include the competing Founders who each control nearly limitless versions Le tonton de Max et Lili est en prison - tome 95 (95) of themselves in various physical and digitized forms unleashed and nearly impossible to control code beings that havenly modest identities but great appetites as well as a civilization called the Zoku who have gamified society and turned every single action and choice the members make into a game move that rewards them for success Zoku society is something like if you got points in life for making choices that benefit the goals J. 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Le Lyonnais, les Savoies, la Savoie, la Provence, la Cte-d'Azur, la Corse, l'Algrie, la Tunisie, le Maroc, Rhne, Ain, Alpes-Maritimes, Drme, Hautes-Alpes, Basses-Alpes, Vaucluse, Bouches-du-Rhne, Haute-Savoie, Isre, Savoie, Var, Principaut de Monaco of a group All actions are monetized and banked for future benefits Zoku society is in a sense a barter society as well where actions that move the group toward certain goals are rewarded with bankable points and higher levelsf access to powers Individuals achieve personal power by helping the groupJust as in Book 1 Rajaniemi has a poetic flare for inventing and describing technology I m far from pro technology because for every benefit f technology to date we have also produced great harm Mass production and the great mobility f planes trains and automobiles have wrought global warming For every MRI system that could save lives we have nuclear bombs that could destroy all life and civilization We probably should have stopped at the toothbrush and the bicycle And that s why some science fiction authors who seem to glorify technology like Neal Stephenson really disappoint me They seem to posit technology as being able to solve all KIDNAPPING KILEY (A erotic tale of bondage, domination, sadism and masochism our problems I ll call them Technoptimists Rajaiemi doesn t strike me as a technoptimist His tremendous imagination has envisioned a far future that we may never reach but he shows just as much struggle and despair in the future as the present With beingsf lesser power at the mercy f those f greater power and those with power have their العرقية والقومية: وجهات نظر أنثروبولوجية (عالم المعرفة، own agendas that have nothing to do with what will actually benefit the masses On thether hand as is My Reputation often the case with epic adventures highly clever single individuals have the power to save the day and make a huge difference So I could level the charge against Rajaniemi that he seems to ascribe to the great man theoryf history rather than emphasizing the power The American Way of Life: Fotomontajes: 1952-1966 of social movements That said the great man here is a woman and it is a pretty damn good story Mostf us get a buzz ut f someone being a hero and Rajaniemi delivers that blended with enough cynicism that we don t feel like it s fakeAs long as you re a reader who is comfortable with technology so advanced it s like magic and that is Fly, Little Bird only directionally justified then this is an exhilarating ridef a series I found it hard to put downI should trademark that I loved the previous book but I read it too long ago to remember if I found it as hard to grasp as this ne There s several story lines that play ut simultaneously in very different worlds and With Two Oars: Reflections on Sculling on topf that there s what feels like a very deliberate tribute to 1001 Nights in the use QUEBEC 5ED -FRANCAIS- of nested stories and manyf the universe s elements Once everything is revealed the layering and plot manipulations are simply grand but I was well past the halfway point Siddhartha of the book before I felt like I had a handlen what was happening This book is very worthwhile but probably best paired with ADHD medication One f the reasons I read non fiction and classics is that they tend to challenge me than the books I enjoy reading the most I ll pick up science fiction r fantasy because I want to escape relax and take a break But too much and I get boredI did not have that problem when I read this book Not ne bit Hannu Rajaniemi though has found a way to both escape and challenge my mind at the same time The challenge is such that as I have seen ne reviewer note I would not recommend Rajaniemi s The uantum Thief trilogy to the uninitiated to science fiction Unlike the Star Wars When Magoo Flew: The Rise and Fall of Animation Studio UPA or even Star Trek universes where the lawsf science are as ignored as any swords and sorcery fantasy and indeed Luke Skywalker may have in common with the uesting sword welding hero than not Rajaniemi does not ignore physics He just finds a way to weld physics to do what he wants This is not to say that The Fractal Prince is dry and sodden down by the weight A Heart Mended of physics In fact uite the contrary Instead the writing moves so fast so uickly that it isnly the sprinkling f labels and jargon that reminds me that Rajaniemi is even thinking about it What makes it feel real is this very awareness The Fractal Prince is so far into the future that it is difficult recognizing what humanity has become A lot f writers decide to slow down the technological progress when this happens to enable them to anchor their story in a reality that is easier to describe if just because it looks like Her Hot New Daddy - A Pseudo Incest Erotica Story ourwn reality but shiny with space ships that look and move like gravity bound jet craft and laser guns that act like semi automatic firearmsPerhaps it is because Rananiemi s is so cavalier about his ambition to create and remain honest to the setting Primacy of his story that his ambition is understated In the universef The uantum Thief who we might as well just call by name in Jean de Flambeu s universe we cannot help but see the characters as foreign even alien Gods and goddesses compete with warminds and self loops and a dozen ther entities all apparently descended from the race we call humanity somehow melded by technology and preserved copied enhanced and expandedAnd if that doesn t all blow your mind at least when you read it it s probably because you ve become lost in the jargon Rajanamiemi pulls terms from a half dozen languages that are not native to ur planet but totally uncommon to the western reader I admit that I drew n Google than nce to get the gist for what he was intending with a word and then even then I had to add to what I found an expanded understanding The Green Berets: The Amazing Story of the U. 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Army's Elite Special Forces Unit of what it meant in the contextf the uantum Thief universe Russian Japanese and Finnish all contribute to the vocabularyPick up the book though push through the vocabulary and you might find yourself a story that is both creative and familiar Taking place in the space between Mars where most The Curse of the Jade Dragon of the plot in the first book in the trilogy took place and Earth andn Earth itself The Fractal Prince takes a page from A Thousand and One Nights Not nly is the setting f the heist a world reminiscent La condition humaine of the pre Islamic Arabic world but takes place in a shining cityn the edge f a hostile desert where decay and corruption are hiding just below the surface and where a story is as forbidden as the worship f images in modern day Islam And yet like Come for Cholent ourwn world the forbidden become a currency in themselvesAt its root under all the science the fiction the clever jargon and imaginative settings this is the story Kommandant in Auschwitz of a heist and Rajanamiemi lays the pieces in place carefully hiding strings until the end letting the reader see themnly as the plot comes together to a final denoument that is fully satisfying But do not going into it without your eyes wide Naruto dj - シネマイグラフテイ [Cinema Graffiti] open This is not spacepera It s science fiction and Rajanamiemi does it well It will both challenge and entertain and really that s what good fiction should do This is designed as a series recap in preparation f Causal Angel You can also use it as a review f both novels if you haven t read them though I can t guarantee it s spoiler free I ve also included a glossary f terms found within the series as well as a short essay n Zoku Sobornost relations these two absolutely contain spoilers Please note that I created it prior to reading The Causal Angel and it contains some inaccuracies as it doesn t include information revealed in the final book Review American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese American Disloyalty in World War II of Rajaniemi s Jean le Flambeur Series May Contain Spoilers What follows is a mini reviewf the series to date including the Finnish author s The uantum ThiefBook 1 and The Fractal Prince Book 2 The uantum Thief is the beginning fastText Quick Start Guide: Get started with Facebook's library for text representation and classification (English Edition) of Rajaniemi s ambitious high tech heist tale It s the talef a superhuman thief named Jean le Flambeur Jean has the ability to steal intangible things that are important in a high tech world things like uantum states and mindsOh yeah did I mention that Hannu Rajaniemi studied uantum physics and possesses and in depth knowledge Cosplay made in Japan of string theory While the series puts the hard in hard sci fi it is alsoffset by plenty f adventure and fantasy Despite what some reviewers claim this series is easy to read and is a masterfully woven science fiction tale The futuristic universe described in the trilogy is a post singularity setting This means that humanity has achieved the ability to transcend physical bodies and live n various planets throughout To Quench A Thirst our Solar System The universal consensus in which their minds exist is known as the SobornostJean s new body given to him by Miele and her shadowy employer is actually a Sobornost Founder s creation Its potential is limitless but Miele keeps tight controlver it Unfortunately there s another catch he s incomplete and brokenIn uantum Thief we re introduced to Jean when he s rescued by a combat ready winged soldier named Mieli Mieli is his partner and employer during the series She rescues Jean from a Dilemma Prison a crystal clear structure in space that pits your mind against you reuiring you to make impossible decisions nly to die an infinite number f times But the true gem is not the witty and wild rogue Jean it s the OublietteThe Oubliette the primary location Confounding Cupid of uantum Thief is a moving cityn Mars Unlike The Prison Reform Movement: Forlorn Hope other novels the city s currency is Time each individual possesses a temporal allotment whenne s Time runs Vintage Knit Hats: 21 Patterns for Timeless Fashions out their minds enter uiet Those in uiet become semi automatons used to maintain the OublietteBut unlikether novels that have similar storylines Rajaniemi designed a social exchange element that marks the uantum Thief as ne f the most interesting stories I ve ever read The gevulot is an asymmetric cryptographic system similar to public key encryption that allows citizens to share what they want about themselves gevulot reuests are handled with a thought and can include ne s entire pastOne f the coolest things about gevulot is the concept f Agoras These locations are public suares where all information is recorded in exomemory Elsewhere in the Oubliette people share what they want including their presence For example Jean s antithesis Isidore Beautrelet a young investigator lives in an apartment with another person Although Isidore can be in the same room as his roommate he doesn t actually see her unless she allows for itWithout giving too much information away Jean goes to the Oubliette in hopes f recovering lost memories Culture Shock! Japan of his past While attempting to restore himself to his former glory Jean will learn about the city s power structure all the while trying to evade Isidore BeautreletAn interesting concept in the novel is thatf the Zoku a group f individuals pposed to the Sobornost They create video game like environments virs virtual environments Yedek Parça or realmspace as the Zoku call it They are basedn an MMO clan they have achieved immortality not from uploading their minds to Sobornost systems but to their wn Surprisingly this isn t as corny as it may sound to some it s really uniue an intriguingOne f the ther cool things about the novel is the third main character Mieli s sapphire ship which resembles a spider and its web each segment is like a teardrop caught in the web like design surrounding it The ship itself is alive it is named Perhonen and represents itself through butterfly avatarsThe second novel in the series The Fractal Prince is a lot different than The uantum Thief While the latter was groundbreaking and significant the former is a story about the same universe It does follow the events in the first book but it s also a lot less awe inspiring than the first novelThe Fractal Prince is about the Sobornost and a war torn Earth Earth has nly ne significant city left Sirr all the thers have been abandoned though a plague Lampes antiques du Golfe de Fos. Collections du Muse d'Istres et du Service du Patrimoine de Fos-sur-Mer, Production et consommation of nanites known as wildcode These nano machines warp everything they touch into surreal mutations It is noted that Sirr wasnce Sirr in the Sky but that city has since been destroyed the last human remnants inhabit the wastelands below it The Billionaire's Blackmailed Bride on the Earth s surfaceSirr is actually an extremely interesting place despite the fact that it isn t as cool as the Oubliette The story told there intentionally mimics One Thousand and One Nights Sirr is an Arabian esue Middle Eastern city complete with sous The main currency is Gogols sold by Gogol hunters and traders Gogols are from the The uantum Thief and are minds withr without bodies Seals protect the city from wildcode The ruling rich live Mongodb Basics on vertical Shards made by broken spires from when Sirr in the Sky fell from the cloudsThere are a numberf storylines present in Fractal Prince and to describe them all would be too much La La Rose of a spoiler Onef the primary plots is about a storyteller and jinn lover named Tawaddud Unlike spirit based jinn found in Arabian folklore these are actually body less Gogols Tawaddud must solve a criminal case while trying to vercome social stigmas placed n her by Bruises and Hickies, Stitches and Scars othersOntological subjectivity reality made possible through storytelling and various character viewpointsf them is a chief theme present throughout the second book Even the chapter layout itself has significance There is no ne main story the plots change from MieliJean to TawaddudSirr again and again until the novel s conclusion Some readers find some f the concepts difficult to understand such as the idea Anne Boleyn and Me: The Diary of Elinor Valjean, London, 1525-1536 of realities within realities but these concepts are presented in clear ways that are not didacticr superfluousIf The uantum Thief s detailed universe sparked your interest you ll love how Fractal Prince fleshes ut the Sobornost virtual realities virs Guberniyas Jean s personality and motives morality and ethics in a post singularity world the Aun f Earth and The best way to read the books is to supplement your reading by checking Thug Kitchen Party Grub: For Social Motherf*ckers out the various Wikisn the web such as the Exomemory Wiki and the Jean le Flambeur Character List page n WikipediaWhile I know I ve been somewhat vague in my review f The Fractal Prince I think the novel is worth reading for fans Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission of The uantum Thief It truly is a natural progression in the life and timesf Jean le Flambeur For that reason it cannot be read without reading the first novel The concepts present would not be well understoodThe third novel in the series The Causal Angel will be released by Tor in April 2014 in England and May 2014 in the United States I eagerly await the latest release f what I consider to be ne Punk Princesses of the most finely crafted sci fi series in recent historySeries Rating So Far 55 uick Guide to Terms Extra NotesContains Spoilers I wrote few brief notes for folks that may be confused with somef the terms used in either book The Forged Night With A Sadistic Serviceman Vol.1 (TL Manga): Cry with your lovely voice oner book two The terms below are in no particular Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know order and contain spoilers This glossary would bef most interest to readers after finishing The Fractal Prince and in preparing for The Causal AngelThe Sobernost An effort and collective n the part f its founders to uphold The Great Common Task and upload their minds to digital form so that death may be eradi. “The good thing is no Bruiser: A True Story About a Special Cat 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 aheadf current thinking and uite uite terrifying In a city Toward the Gleam of “fastnes” sh.

And hope to see The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana in Pop-up of it in the books to come Mieli too receives a human portraiture in this book Hers is a beautiful love story though sadly told in too few pages The supporting role award in thisne however goes to Perhonen A lovely butterfly Bite A Little Harder (Wolf Submission Book 5) of a spider ship wish I knew her Jean just as before remains an enigma a character that I still can t make my aboutBaited by her sister Dunyazad Tawaddud enters the politicsf Sirr which turns ut to be a dizzying mess It is bound to be really when tiny and unimportant post Collapse Earth suddenly becomes a vortex f power play in the Solar System Amidst that and Jean s exploits much is revealed about the world The Untimely Deaths of Alex Wayfare of the far future much than in The uantum Thief A lotf your expectations and understanding Operation Mom: How I got my Mother and Life and a Man of the previous book will possibly not stand at least somef mine didn t Even events that seemed explicitly disambiguated n Mars are complicated further and for that reason it is probably a good idea to reread The uantum Thief before diving into this ne an even better reason is that it s great fun A lot f the events in this book too may seem somewhat paue especially some threads in the explosive end part The author firmly refuses to spoon feed his readers with justifications and explanations and that is rather great and admirable even if it is the source f ccasional confusion But there are simply so many miracles to show in this universe Like Mieli the ship is an uneasy amalgalm Aces and Knaves of Oortian and Sobornost remaden Venus hidden weapons and uantum armour and virs and gogols and antimatter embedded in v ki smartcoral like diamond insects in amber No wonder there is an unchecked profusion Ganges: The Many Pasts of an Indian River of noun phrases non finite and verbless clausesn every page Mieli floats in the spimescape a ghost within the ghost New Dawn of the ship It is a representationf the worldlines all smartmatter leaves behind from every nut and bolt Shinjuku Shark 2: The Poison Ape of Perhonen to the System wide machineryf the Highway Reality verlaid with interpretation and explanation cold physics caught in a cobweb f meaning It is a feature Unpacking Queer Politics: A Lesbian Feminist Perspective of Rajaniemi s writing that I m not sure I like without reservations coupled with the present tense narrative it definitely contributes a somewhat static uality to the perceptionf imagery Which is a paradox in itself as The Fractal Prince is anything but static It moves at the speed In Praise of Adya Kali: Approaching the Primordial Dark Goddess Through the Song of Her Hundred Names of light literally leaps and bounds and twists and never desists with the delugef miracles Now that I m writing this it strikes me that I can very easily visualize the narrative as a comic strip delivering a rapid seuence f still images each ne etched How the Gringos Stole Tequila: The Modern Age of Mexico's Most Traditional Spirit on the pagemind with fastidious detail The detached narrative voice that comes with noun heavy writing is then transmogrified from a potential flaw to methodf story telling lifted from a slightly different media semi disembodied semi character centered An approach rather cleverly fitted to the nature The Leper Window of the story after all it must be very difficult to depict post human godlings then why not tell it all from the vantage pointf a high speed camera able to capture with fidelity everything from visuals to states Phooey! of mind though not necessarily able to explain it I can almost imagine a graphic novel adaptationr why not a uirky anime series with sufficiently brilliant art to render the awesomeness f Rajaniemi s universeThe wild metaphor chase in the last paragraph might seem too stretched but this is actually ne A Possibility of Whales of the coolest things about Rajaniemi s writing It invites you to construct meaning without ever slowing down to take a breath To echo a famous cognitive linguist it taps into the wide backstagef cognition and makes you work damn hard for your money The amount A Collection of Chirurgical Tracts of information analysis conceptual blending and linguistic reverse engineeringne has to engage in to make sense The London Affair of the text is staggering Even staggering is that the effort doesn t really feel like work it is simply that rewarding and enjoyable Just think how much your brain needs to accomplish inrder to decode a thought up word like cleptography It reuires accesses to at least two conceptual domains and the respective schemata associated with them then you have to make the two work together as ne and situate the new notion within the context f the novel itself spun from countless such loci Animal Experimentation and Testing of meaning Scale that up a thousand fold and it might give you a relative idea how muchn fire your brain is while processing such a text The fact that you do want to process it is a sure sign that it packs a whole lot The Stars are Falling: Reasons to Believe We are Enslaved by the Serpent of pleasurable affective punchIn fact another element that potentially could be seen as a flaw is justified in a similar fashion Rajaniemi might not be feeding us information in a very non hard sciences academician friendly fashion but his books are no strangers toccasional info dumps Without those they would take decades to write and would fill thousands One Way Ticket to London of pages Yet here the notorious nemesisf good worldbuilding sits naturally filtered through the idea The Complete Book of Elves of the Sobornost metaselves that tirelessly steer gogols to the fulfillmentf The Great Common Task And trust me you will enjoy the info dumps and fret Family Talk over there being so littlef them The scale f Rajaniemi s ideas and canvas painting is awe inspiring sharing a league with The Hyperion Cantos Which is veritable feat to cram so much in such a lean page count That is why such a methodology f using language to uncover just the tip Pawn Shop of meaning and let the reader figure the restut is entirely functional and adeuate in this case Moreover Rajaniemi uses it to appeal to the senses too it s not reserved for the intellect alone Consider these two instances Alchemy of synaesthetic writing uite common in the book Below the shopkeeper coughs again a mucous jagged sound Their descent brings a rushf waste heat and a tangy smell f verclocked metabolisms But then again to uote a famous Sobornost warmind Matter and mind Dualism Primitive distinctions All is information So why should a writer s method distinguish between mind and bodyThe fabric Incomparable of post human wonders is especially densen Earth Sirr in the sky is a proud heir to the Oubliette as Overwhelmed by the Spirit: Empowered to Manifest the Glory of God Throughout the Earth onef the jaw dropping SF cities ever imagined Its kilometer long vertical Shards remnants Momentum: Creating Effective, Engaging and Enjoyable Meetings of a ruined space station lighting up the night the muhtasib aristocrats in palaces high up and the commonersn the ground the angel nets and the gogol merchants ships the Fast Ones the mutalibun and the body thieves in the dessert Ah I will let you find about those Boundary Broken (Boundary Magic, on yourwn explore the fractals in your uniue wayApart from the sheer and stark awesomeness f the world and the intricacy f the plot there are also the Big Ideas And these are really huge in the second book having leveled up significantly The motif f fractals is not spliced to the formal DNA f the novel merely for the coolness factor it reflects a serious preoccupation with the mystery f minds and stories myths and gods past and future The Great Task f the Sobornost comes into crisp resolution and its vision is pitched against the much elusive essence f classic humanity and the zokus The book trades in complex uestions such as why we need storytelling what is consciousness a strange loop a self loop and where to draw the boundary between human and non human Ideas that as Rajaniemi admits are pickpocketed from thinkers as diverse as Douglas Hofstadter Andy Clarke and Carl Jung The notion f memesarchetypes is particularly central to the book But like my friend Isaac taught me a long ago Competing for the Cup on Mars alcohol is not just about chemistry it s the meme the feeling Bacchus speaking in my head and making it all better Jean himself is a kindf meme the trickster archetype embodied in flesh and this starts to show and as the series progresses It will be interesting to read about the zoku point Fat Land of view regarding these conundrums in the later chaptersf the story They seem particularly fond f untidy narratives and yet scorn run f the mill humans as meme zombies Anyway Rajaniemi does a fantastic job at presenting a metaphysical vision Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York of a universe madef information At certain points some f the ideas reminded me f Philip Dick s deeply disturbing but insightfully graceful form Backstage Passes: Life on the Wild Side with David Bowie of mysticismnly perationalized and made sane The Finnish writer explores those problem spaces in his usual brisk fashion so don t expect a comprehensive argument but be prepared to get you mind blown here and there along the fractal edgesAnd if you have endured this review to its end and still aren t convinced that The Fractal Prince could well be the best SF novel in 2012 let s see what Iank Banks has to ffer before any rash pronouncements consider the following This is a book that can pull Elmer off this sentence I m going to find a job that does not involve breaking into giant machines fullf lesbian dragon sex Nothing to say910 More post singularity thief nonsense in a wildly inventive future solar systemLook the thing is I like a story that skips infodumps as much as the next girl The preuel had that great setup where you could actually steal time The Red Stockade offf someone s life and this book does the On the day the Hunter comes for me I am killing ghost cats from the Schr dinger Box I luuuuurve this pening line His craft is exuisite so far Update The imagery is almost better than anything I ve read in either sci fi r fantasy If you took ut the better and deeper images from all thee matrix movies threw them up against the wall with jinn and fairies and the greatest heist mysteries heavily spiced it with near impossible mathematical concepts and theorems that really need some deep explanations you re not going to even remotely get in this text save S cat but he gives a uick explanation for this ne although its been done in sci fiction a lot already you stir in planetary intelligences diamond cities that crashed to earth slow and uicktime peoples AND warring sisters then maybe you ve got the first gorgeous fifty pages f this book And don t forget to keep a copy f your mind before you read The Something or you might just lose a copyf your prime iteration I want to give this 6 stars Have I been waiting for something like this all my life since Singularity Sky Maybe A uoteSo Sightseeing instead How about watching a transhuman mind have a Hawking rgasm From afarMieli smiles A warm rush f relief washes ver herI bet you say that to all the girls she saysThe entire novel is poetry and math and all told with brilliant imagery I ve decided to bone up n my uantum physics too just so I can appreciate the story I may be relatively uniue in this respect because I don t really believe that general readership A Killing Tide of sci fi novels just decide to understand uantum physics inrder to fully appreciate a novel they had just read Well to be fair I ve read popular accounts in the past and have enjoyed them immensely even if I pick up Shivers: four in one: The Enchanted Attic/A Ghastly Shade of Green/The Locked Room - The Awful Apple Orchard on less thanne tenth L'Oracle de votre subconscient : I-Ching, Le Livre des transformations of the math Ok maybe I m not thatdd after all in wanting a greater understanding At least in this case I feel really justified and encouraged after reading this brilliant work Weirdos of the Universe, Unite! of mathfictionSo I finished it and I cannly say WowWell I can say a lot because wow doesn t do it a third Les Naufrags d'Ythaq T03 : Le soupir des toiles of justice Or even an irrational thirdf justiceWhat I will say is that these two books have now jumped to my top ten favorite books list Together because I don t want to cause The Royal Joust other injustices to stories and I have a very great feeling about the next book While Iught to recommend this book to everyone I doubt it will be to everyone s taste But then does everyone like Blake Shakespeare Manly P Hall s Secret Teachings American Maharajah of All Ages Of course they should But they are all very very different than this piece which might need to be itswn genre from now n I m tempted to just transcend here and put an end to my miseryRead em peeps Just read em perhaps three times You ll seeUpdate second readI laughed and I cried I got ut f the whole story angle than I did the first time all f the stories within stories minds within stories stories coming to life and eating your children your children coming back from the dead to birth stories that would later eat the Earth and help the dead child become the God King Squeamish About Sushi: And other Food Adventures in Japan of the Gogols OH YES Yes yes yes A thousand times yes He turned a fundamentally metafiction concept into a hypercube and spun itut with such verve and beauty as to kick my mind in its ass I cannot say how much I loved this book Again much better the second time reading than the first if possible but I can t regret a single instant Oh mygodReading this diamond hard sci fi novel is certainly not for space pera virgins My mind is bleeding from the attempt But then again nothing previously written in the genre except volume ne could prepare The Quarterback's Crush one adeuately for this frenetically paced incredibly complex fractally dense relentlesslyverwhelming work It is post human post singularity and post current imagination Sui generis indeed and the gentle reader is not provided with a easy roadmap Or a lifebelt It s sink r swim there is minimal explanation f the myriad f complex ideas 355 starsThe Fractal Prince currently sits at the top f the most complex and difficult sci fi book I ve ever read probably soon to be replaced by its seuelRajaniemi continues his uncompromising no exposition storytelling style Other than Achtung! Cthulhu oner two short sentences all terms were left unexplained it s up to the readers to make sense Infamy of what each terminology means from the narrative For example gogols Spimescape Wildcode and many Feel free to call me stupidr dumb if you want but I had to cheat a bit here I almost DNFed this book at 30% mark because I understood almost nothing Do not let the page count trick you into thinking this is a light sci fi read it s absolutely not If you re checking this review because you re thinking General P.T.G. Beauregard of giving up I strongly suggest you checkut these two wiki page My Wishful Thinking one being completely spoiler free and thether The Boy and the Blue Moon one contain some spoilershttpwwwkarangillcomglossary ua completely spoiler free glossary explanationandhttpsenwikipediaorgwikiListof thisne has spoilers for the first book and mini spoiler for this book But if you ended up checking this ne you ll probably appreciate the spoilersThis two list helped me immensely I ended up enjoying this book so much than before The reason behind this is mostly because I sucked at mathphysics and hard sci fi is not a genre I visit ften especially when the level The Screwball Comedy Films: A History and Filmography, 1934-1942 of hardness is as hard as Wakanda s vibranium I mean for god sake I was happy to get a 7100 scoren my physics final exam in high school how the heck would I be able to understand this high concept sci fi jargons without any exposition If reality is not what you want it to be change it Picture The Fractal Prince Chinese edition coverJean at this point has become something Father Tom Padilla: Mark of the Demon Priest of a trickster archetype incarnate Mieli s past Stories within stories stories coming to life wildcode body swapping identity theft look it s too much to say in a reviewIf you re able to appreciate every idea that appeared in the book I seriously think you re going to end up putting this bookseries into your favorites list There were a lotf brilliant ideas that lie beneath the surface f the main plot and sci fi jargon I struggled during the first half but with the help f those two wiki page I mentioned the second half f the book ended up becoming a very engaging ride full f high concept and revelations Metafictional stories within stories from multi perspectives switching back and forth between timelines body swapping and identity theft look it s impossible for me to explain all the things that made this book awesome I seriously need a reread Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day of the trilogyne dayI know I m not done with this trilogy yet but this two book alone in my pinion was difficult than Cixin Liu s Remembrance f Earth s Past trilogy already For now all I can say is that although I enjoyed this Pantyhose Professionals (Pantyhose Diaries Book 2) one uite mind blown by the concepts too I wasn t able to fully appreciate every single thing that happened in this book Once again I cannly recommend this book and trilogy to readers who love hard sci fi with close to zero expositions I highly doubt any new to sci fi readers unless they re scientists mathematicians would be able to understand everything that Rajaniemi cooked up here Consider yourself warned Now let me proceed to destroy my brain by reading the conclusion immediately You can find this and the rest f my Adult EpicHigh Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest. 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Charlie Stross amongst its members Early works included his first published short story Shibuya no Love in 2003 and his short story Deus Ex Homine in Nova Scotia a 2005 anthology of Scottish science fiction and fantasy which caught the attention of his current literary agent John JarroldRajaniemi gained attention in October 2008 when John Jarrold secured a three book deal for him with Gollancz on the basis of only twenty four double spaced pages His debut novel The uantum Thief was published in September 2010 by Gollancz in Britain and in May 2011 by Tor Books in the US A seuel The Fractal Prince was published in September 2012 by Gollancz and in November 2012 by TorFI Hannu Rajaniemi on Edinburgissa Skotlannissa asuva suomalainen tieteiskirjailija joka kirjoittaa sekäs suomeksi että englanniksi Rajaniemi on opiskellut matemaattista fysiikkaa Oulun ja Cambridgen yliopistoissa ja väitellyt säieteoriasta filosofian tohtoriksi Edinburghin yliopistossa Hän on perustajajäsen matematiikan ja tekniikan konsulttiyhtiössä nimeltä ThinkTank Maths Opiskellessaan Edinburgissa Rajaniemi liittyi kirjoittajaryhmään joka järjesti tekstien lukutilaisuuksia Hänen varhaisia novellejaan on ilmestynyt englanniksi Interzone lehdessä ja Nova Scotia antologiassa Näistä jälkimmäinen kiinnitti Rajaniemen nykyisen kirjallisuusagentin kiinnostuksen vuonna 2005 Vuonna 2008 Rajaniemi solmi kustannussopimuksen kolmesta romaanista brittiläisen Gollancz kustantamon kanssa Valmiina oli silloin ainoastaan romaanin yksi luku Esikoisromaani The uantum Thief ilmestyi syyskuussa 2010 Hänellä on näiden kolmen romaanin julkaisusopimus myös yhdysvaltalaisen Tor kustantamon kanssa Suomeksi Rajaniemen esikoisteoksen julkaisee Gummerus nimellä Kvanttivaras