9 March 1978 |
|Genres||Science fiction, fantasy|
Hannu Rajaniemi (born 9 March 1978) is a Finnish author of science fiction and fantasy, who writes in both English and Finnish. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was a founding director of a commercial research organisation, ThinkTank Maths.
Rajaniemi was born in Ylivieska, Finland. He holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Oulu, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to starting his Ph.D. candidature, he completed his national service as a research scientist for the Finnish Defence Forces.
While pursuing his Ph.D. in Edinburgh, Rajaniemi joined Writers' Bloc, a writers' group in Edinburgh that organizes semi-regular spoken word performances and counts 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 Jarrold. 
Rajaniemi 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 Quantum Thief, was published in September 2010 by Gollancz in Britain and was published in May 2011 by Tor Books in the U.S. The novel has been nominated for the 2011 Locus Award for Best First Novel. A sequel, The Fractal Prince, was published in September 2012 by Gollancz in Britain, and in October 2012 by Tor in the US. Third book in the series will be called The Causal Angel, and will be published in April 2014 by Gollancz in Britain and in May 2014 by Tor in US.
Awards and honors
- 2012 Tähtivaeltaja Award, winner (best science fiction book published in Finnish) for The Quantum Thief.
- 2011 Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Awards, winner, Short Form category, translation of Hannu Rajaniemi's "Elegy for a Young Elk".
- 2011 Locus Award for Best First Novel, nominee, The Quantum Thief
- 2011 John W. Campbell Memorial Award, third place, The Quantum Thief
- 2013 John W. Campbell Memorial Award, nominee, The Fractal Prince
A partial list follows.
- "Shibuya no Love"
- Published in futurismic.com, 2003
- Available online
- "Deus Ex Homine"
- "His Master's Voice"
- "Elegy for a Young Elk"
- Words of Birth and Death (2006, Bloc Press), containing
- "The Viper Blanket"
- "Barley Child"
- "Fisher of Men"
The Jean le Flambeur series
- The Quantum Thief (2010, ISBN 978-0-575-08888-7)
- The Fractal Prince (2012, ISBN 978-0-575-08891-7)
- The Causal Angel (2014, ISBN 978-0-575-08896-2)
- "About us". ThinkTank Maths. Retrieved 6.10.2008.
- "Writers' Bloc » Hannu Rajaniemi". Writers' Bloc. Retrieved 11.12.2010.
- Sam Bandah. "Interview: Hannu Rajaniemi". SciFiNow. Retrieved 11.12.2010.
- This was announced as "Major three-book pre-empt deal for debut SF novelist". on John Jarrold's LiveJournal site
- Richard Lea. "Hannu Rajaniemi: the science of fiction". The Guardian. Retrieved 11.12.2010.
- Hannu Rajaniemi on the publisher's site
- John Jarrold. "Three-book US rights deal for Hannu". Retrieved 11.12.2010.
- Jussi Ahlroth, Hannu Rajaniemen romaanit julkaistaan myös Yhdysvalloissa, Helsingin Sanomat, 20.7.2010, p. B 1
- "2011 Locus Award Finalists". Locus. Retrieved 2011-05-13.
- Hannu Rajaniemi - The Fractal Prince cover art, release date, and preorder details on Upcoming4.me
- Hannu Rajaniemi - The Causal Angel announced
- Hannu Rajaniemi - The Casual Angel cover art and synopsis
- "Tähtivaeltaja Award 2012"
- "And The Winners Are…", SF&FTA website, June 18, 2011.
- "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 2011 John W. Campbell Memorial Award". Locus. Archived from the original on 2012-11-23. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
- "Campbell Memorial Award Finalists". Locus. May 10, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
- "And The Winners Are...". Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Awards. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
- "The John W. Campbell Memorial Award". The John Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. The University of Kansas. Updated 11 July 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-24.