Hannu Rajaniemi

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Hannu Rajaniemi
Born (1978-03-09) 9 March 1978 (age 46)
Ylivieska, Finland
OccupationWriter, entrepreneur
GenreScience fiction, fantasy

Hannu Rajaniemi (born 9 March 1978) is a Finnish American author of science fiction and fantasy, who writes in both English and Finnish. He lives in Oakland, California, and was a founding director of a commercial research organisation ThinkTank Maths.[1]

Early life[edit]

Rajaniemi was born in Ylivieska, Finland in 1978. He holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Oulu, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Mathematical Physics from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to starting his PhD candidature, he completed his national service as a research scientist for the Finnish Defence Forces.[1]

While pursuing his PhD in Edinburgh, Rajaniemi joined Writers' Bloc,[2] 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"[3] 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.[4][5]

Rajaniemi gained attention in October 2008 when John Jarrold secured a three-book deal for him with Gollancz,[6] on the basis of only twenty-four double-spaced pages.[4][7] His debut novel, The Quantum Thief, was published in September 2010 by Gollancz in Britain[8] and was published in May 2011 by Tor Books in the U.S.[9][10] The novel has been nominated for the 2011 Locus Award for Best First Novel.[11] A sequel, The Fractal Prince, was published in September 2012 by Gollancz in Britain, and in October 2012 by Tor in the U.S.[12] The third book in the series is called The Causal Angel, and was published in July 2014 by Gollancz in the U.K. and by Tor in the U.S.[13]

Rajaniemi has stated that the literary works of Jules Verne originally inspired both his career in science, as well as his science-fiction writing.[14] Other influences include Maurice Leblanc, Arthur Conan Doyle and architecture blogger Geoff Manaugh.[15] He also co-founded Helix nanotechnologies.[16]

Awards and honors[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Rajaniemi lives in San Francisco, California with his wife.[21][citation needed] Before moving to the U.S., he lived in the United Kingdom for over ten years.[22]



  • Summerland (2018, ISBN 978-1473203273) [23]

The Jean le Flambeur series[edit]


  • Words of Birth and Death (2006, Bloc Press), as a limited edition chapbook.[26]
    • "The Viper Blanket"
    • "Barley Child"
    • "Fisher of Men"
  • Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction (2015)[27] ISBN 978-1-61696-192-3

Short fiction[edit]

A partial list follows.


  1. ^ a b "About us". ThinkTank Maths. Archived from the original on 12 June 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Writers' Bloc » Hannu Rajaniemi". Writers' Bloc. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Shibuya no Love".
  4. ^ a b Sam Bandah (3 November 2010). "Interview: Hannu Rajaniemi". SciFiNow. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  5. ^ John Jarrold: Clients. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  6. ^ Jarrold, John (6 October 2008). "Major three-book pre-empt deal for debut SF novelist". LiveJournal. Archived from the original on 16 March 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  7. ^ Richard Lea (9 November 2010). "Hannu Rajaniemi: the science of fiction". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  8. ^ Hannu Rajaniemi Archived 2010-04-06 at the Wayback Machine on the publisher's site.
  9. ^ John Jarrold (23 July 2010). "Three-book US rights deal for Hannu Rajaniemi". Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  10. ^ Jussi Ahlroth, Hannu Rajaniemen romaanit julkaistaan myös Yhdysvalloissa, Helsingin Sanomat, 20.7.2010, p. B 1.
  11. ^ a b "2011 Locus Award Finalists". Locus. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-13.
  12. ^ Hannu Rajaniemi – The Fractal Prince cover art, release date, and preorder details on Upcoming4.me. Archived 2012-04-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Endgame: The Causal Angel by Hannu Rajaniemi.
  14. ^ Popular Finnish authors reveal the books that shaped their student years. Study.eu. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  15. ^ Once a physicist: Hannu Rajaniemi.
  16. ^ Helix Nanotechnologies. The Y Combinator Database. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  17. ^ "Tähtivaeltaja Award 2012"
  18. ^ "And The Winners Are…", SF&FTA website, June 18, 2011.
  19. ^ "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 2011 John W. Campbell Memorial Award". Locus. Archived from the original on 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  20. ^ "Campbell Memorial Award Finalists". Locus. May 10, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  21. ^ "Hannu Rajaniemi vastaanotti Pro Ylivieska-mitalin". Keskipohjanmaa (in Finnish). 16 December 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  22. ^ Heinilä, Tiina (12 October 2010). "Hannu Rajaniemi aims at world domination". Embassy of Finland, London. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  23. ^ "Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi".
  24. ^ "The John W. Campbell Memorial Award" Archived 2019-10-31 at the Wayback Machine. 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.
  25. ^ Hannu Rajaniemi - The Causal Angel announced Archived 2014-03-23 at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ "Writer's Bloc - Chapbooks". 9 October 2009. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  27. ^ "Tachyon 2015 preview: HANNU RAJANIEMI: COLLECTED FICTION". Tumblr. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  28. ^ "And The Winners Are..." Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Awards. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
  29. ^ Tilton, Lois (December 7, 2010). "Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early December". Locus. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  30. ^ Seel, Nigel (April 11, 2011). "Book Review: Engineering Infinity (ed) Jonathan Strahan". ScienceFiction.com. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  31. ^ Waters, Robert E. (March 8, 2011). "Engineering Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan". Tangent. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  32. ^ Alexander, Niall (12 June 2014). "Step into the Stars: Reach for Infinity, ed. Jonathan Strahan". Tor.com. Retrieved 13 December 2015.

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