Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction by Hannu Rajaniemi
You may already know Rajaniemi from his buzzy Jean le Flambeur series (The Quantum Thief, The Fractal Prince, The Causal Angel); if that’s the case, rest assured that his Collected Fiction offers the same fantastical quality, but in a dozen different flavors. If you’re new to his charms, this is an excellent place to start: Rajaniemi writes post-singular fairy tales about computer-dragon romances, technologically-uplifted cats and dogs, and haunted space stations. If you like your science fiction lavish and the science part a little outlandish, this is definitely the book for you.
Standout stories: “Tyche and the Ants”, “Elegy for a Young Elk”
The Very Best of Kate Elliott by Kate Elliott
Kate Elliott is an amazing person. Full stop. Her writing is gorgeously toned and filled with evocative imagery. She’s been a well-respected, prolific fantasy author for decades, and she’s no slouch with science fiction, either. (Also, she used to fight in the SCA in full freaking armor.) The Very Best collects all the short stories from her illustrious career in one volume, from performances of Shakespeare on alien worlds, to the reflective thoughts of a prisoner hung at the gates of a city. Her stories are exciting, unsettling, and brimming with sensory detail.
Standout stories: “My Voice is in My Sword”, “The Gates of Joriun”
Hopefully these collections will help kickstart your summer of short stories. If you think I missed any, feel free to suggest your own in the comments.
Read the rest of Reader’s selections at B&N SCI-FI & FANTASY BLOG.
For more info on HANNU RAJANIEMI: COLLECTED FICTION, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover art by Lius Lasahido
Design by Elizabeth Story
For more on THE VERY BEST OF KATE ELLIOTT, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover art by Julie Dillon.
Design by Elizabeth Story.