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Hannu Rajaniemi
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Summerland

Hannu Rajaniemi


9781473203297

Gollancz


Science Fiction » Science;
Science Fiction » Future Society;
Science Fiction » Military;
Nexus - Science Fiction;
Science Fiction » Technothriller


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336 pages

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An awe-inspiring account of the afterlife and what happens when it spills over into the world of the living. The new novel from the most exciting new voice in the genre since Neal Stephenson.

Loss is a thing of the past. Murder is obsolete. Death is just the beginning.

In 1938, death is no longer feared but exploited. Since the discovery of the afterlife, the British Empire has extended its reach into Summerland, a metropolis for the recently deceased.

Yet Britain isn't the only contender for power in this life and the next. The Soviets have spies in Summerland, and the technology to build their own god.

When SIS agent Rachel White gets a lead on one of the Soviet moles, blowing the whistle puts her hard-earned career at risk. The spy has friends in high places, and she will have to go rogue to bring him in.

But how do you catch a man who's already dead?

By:   Hannu Rajaniemi
Imprint:   Gollancz
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   240g
ISBN:   9781473203297
ISBN 10:   1473203295
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Hannu Rajaniemi is from Finland and now lives in Scotland. He has a PhD in String Theory. He was the most successful debut SF novelist of recent years. He has given TED talks and continues to work as a scientist. His fiction has been published to great acclaim in many countries.


This is not a run of the mill tale of rogue agents, secrets and danger but instead uses this narrative framework as a guide to explore the deeper secrets of the human heart and the power of our own mortality * TheBookBag * It reads like John Le Carre if Le Carre ate a ton of acid before writing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy * NPR * A solid and enjoyable book and does much to demonstrate Hannu Rajaniemi's versatility and potential. * SF CROWSNEST * Summerland is in its own way as persuasive as example of Rajaniemi's disciplined inventiveness as his better-known hard SF. * LOCUS * Clever, subtle and... has a rich emotional centre. * SFX MAGAZINE * A tense and twisting tale full of delightful allusions and ingenious * Ken MacLeod * With boundless imagination, Rajaniemi invents a mortal realm with a steampunk flair... Sci-fi and fantasy readers longing to immerse themselves in a fascinating new world will love exploring Summerland. * SHELF AWARENESS * A jaw-dropping, knowing, hyperintelligent yarn * Locus Magazine * An intricate and vivid world of technological and spiritual wonder. * KIRKUS * Engaging writing, tight plotting and fantastic imagination. * Ed McDonald, author of Blackwing * A beautifully written, well realised supernatural spy thriller, John le Carre as a ghost story. * Gavin G Smith, author of The Bastard Legion * One of SF's leading lights. * SFX MAGAZINE * I burned through it in two days. Great book: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spook. [on SUMMERLAND] * Ian McDonald * An excellent slice of genre-bending fiction that thrills and intrigues in equal measure. * SCIFINOW * Summerland: As if Alfred Hitchcock had made a movie with HP Lovecraft . . . A vision so original it deserves its own subgenre. And all worked out with the diamond-hard logic of a great SF writer. After Summerland, the thriller has a new geometry * Stephen Baxter * Eerily plausible, beautifully pitched on the cusp between wonder and horror, and thoroughly engrossing from the first page to the last * Alastair Reynolds * Calls to mind John Le Carre . . . clever, subtle and . . . has a rich emotional centre * SFX MAGAZINE * He's switched subgenres while retaining his trademark conceptual high jinks and impressive world-building... an impressive plot reminiscent of John le Carre. * GUARDIAN *

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