HANNU RAJANIEMI: COLLECTED FICTION must be the best and most original debut collection of the past 40 years
cerebral, if in a different direction, is Hannu Rajaniemi. The
eighteen stories in his “Collected Fiction” (Tachyon, 240
pages, $25.95), like his three earlier novels, take us places
no-one else has ever been, in sci-fi or out. Mr. Rajaniemi is an
English-speaking Finn with a Ph.D. in mathematical physics, so he
already lives in a world doubly far-removed from most of us.
unpredictable, curiously uneasy: this collection (which needed a
better title) must be the best and most original debut anthology
since Angela Carter’s “Fireworks” 40 years ago. And just as
with William Gibson’s “Neuromancer” 30 years ago, you look at
the future through its author’s eyes and know yourself outdated.
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