Wednesday, 26 October 2016

SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY COMPENDIUM REVIEW: Invidible Planets: Collected Fiction - Hannu Rajaniemi

Release Date: 26/05/16
Publisher: Gollancz


Hannu Rajaniemi exploded onto the SF scene in 2010 with the publication of his first novel The Quantum Thief. Acclaimed by fellow authors such as Charles Stross, Adam Roberts and Alastair Reynolds and brilliantly reviewed everywhere from Interzone to the Times and the Guardian he swiftly established a reputation as an author who could combine extraordinary cutting edge science with beautiful prose and deliver it all with wit, warmth and a delight in the fun of storytelling.

It is exactly these qualities that are showcased in this his first collection of short stories. Drawn from antholgies and magazines and online publication and brought together in book form for the first time in this collection here is a collection of sixteen short stories that range from the lyrical to the bizarre, from the elegaic to the impish. It is a collection that shows one of the great new imaginations in SF having immense fun.


If you're looking for some contemporary Sci-Fi Fiction then you really have to give Hannu a try as in this short story compendium, he takes a dark twisted look at a future and inhabitants of planets which are quite diverse as well as disturbing. The settings are unique, have great prose and of course deliver some quite hard hitting punches when you read between the lines. Back this up with fully imagined worlds, cracking dialogue and are wonderful to di into on journeys all round left me salavating for more. A top notch read. Magic.

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