(Photo: Talks at Google)
I hardly even know where to begin with this one. Unlike the last Tachyon collection that I read, I had no previous experience with any of Hannu Rajaniemi’s work, and it really was the perfect primer for anyone interested (and now I really want to read the Jean le Flambeur series).
One issue I often have with short stories is that they feel incomplete. They’re often a snapshot from an implied larger story, and leave me frustrated that I don’t know more about what’s going on. Hannu does the same thing; he has these great big, wonderful worlds that we only get to see a portion of, but he also manages to make each story self-contained. I still wanted to know more about that world, but I had the satisfaction of reaching an end, and that was just fantastic.
I also loved the fact that each story was different from the others in its own way, but there was a common thread exploring how technology has and could shape humanity throughout the collection that really pulled the whole thing together. Given the focus on technology and other SF topics, I did expect to get a little lost in some of the descriptions, but Hannu is a genius at communicating technical information in a way that’s accessible without feeling dumbed down.
Even if you’re not that much of a sci-fi fan, I strongly recommend this collection. Sit back, strap yourself in, and enjoy some first-class storytelling.
(Translation from Spanish, courtesy of Google)
Hannu Rajaniemi write hard science fiction. Yes, but not only does this, but the seasoned over a tough, complicated narrative and stories go, at least to me, it has cost me a lot in. And the worst is that once inside, the story ends. Many rereading the same page to finish understanding a concept that is not as interesting as I thought it would be. Still I liked the experience (my first Rajaniemi) and although I have not enjoyed everything I wanted to work, has left me wanting to read more about him.
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