[Pdf Read] The Fractal Prince Author Hannu Rajaniemi
Ntum Thief It truly is a natural progression in the life and times of Jean le Flambeur For that reason it cannot be read without reading the first novel The concepts present would not be well understoodThe third novel in the series The Causal Angel will be released by Tor in April 2014 in England and May 2014 in the United States I eagerly await the latest release of what I consider to be one of the most finely crafted sci fi series in recent historySeries Rating So Far 55 uick Guide to Terms Extra NotesContains Spoilers I wrote few brief notes for folks that may be confused with some of the terms used in either book one or book two The terms below are in no particular order and contain spoilers This glossary would be of most interest to readers after finishing The Fractal Prince and in preparing for The Causal AngelThe Sobernost An effort and collective on the part of its founders to uphold The Great Common Task and upload their minds to digital form so that death may be eradicated uantum mechanics and uantum technologies are leveraged to do this The Sobornost refers to this consensus of minds the dominant minds that of the Founders shape the trilogy s solar system a post singularity Milky WayThe Great Common Task GCT Mass uploads of one s mindconsciousness to the Sobornost collective The goal is to completely eradicate death This is the Sobornost s leading philosophy and goal Nothing else seems to matter to them well the Founders also like vying for powerGuberniyas Stories Reality and the Mind Guberniyas are Hs for Founders as well as a mode of transportation They also reinforce the idea of stories within stories as they can be used to create virtual environments virs Founders generally live in their Guberniyas where they have complete control Again a critical takeaway from Fractal Prince is the idea of subjectivity That is to say that that an Aun or Founder s view of the universe literally shapes it and manifests itself via story like elements imposition of one s will over another can be seen by individuals minds Gogols working at the behest of one of the Sobornost founders It is only when these realities collide that subjective world views fight for dominance such is what occurs in Fractal Prince The Zoku The secondary force in the universe that opposes the ideals of the Sobornost actually they oppose the GCT and believe in one life and death afterwards They are modeled after an MMO guild and as such enter into uantum created realmspaces wearing armor and riding strange animal mounts Zoku realmspaces are not fake in they are generated with Zoku jewels and often with space based generators as seen in The Fractal Prince The Zoku are an ideal a carefree group that both embrace the post singularity world and et maintain their humanity unlike the lofty goals of the Sobornost Realizing that most sci fi readers are probably into gaming Rajaniemi seems to have taken it one step further with the Zoku This is kind of cool Plus gamers have the coolest tech right GPGPUs anyone Okay maybe that s just my interpretation See the section below for my personal understanding of the Zoku Sobornost conflict No Cloning Theorem Zoku Heavily opposed to the GCT the Zoku have adopted a policy of no cloning or mind uploading Each mind is uniue The Sobornost have exploited their cloningcopying with the advent of Founder copyclans and significantly enslaving Gogols to power Sobornost technology or aid in Sobornost agendasCopyclans and Sobornost Bodies Usually Sobornost Founders have copyclans This means they have clones of themselves which also experience life often elsewhere on some other planet They are not Prime Prime is one s active body usually the first It is akin to saying I have a clone But the clone would not be Selected Short Stories you really just a copy ofou Copyclans are not simply clones they are entire clone clans hundreds of clones hence why Sobornost Founders have them readily availableOne can sense what is occurring to his or her copies if they have Sobortech in their bodies Sobornost bodies can activate the abilities inherent in their metacortex and become physically God like this is usually temporary unless they are actually Founders within their own domain this is unlocking is very much like the anime Hellsing both Mieli and Jean do this regularly throughout the series Jean s body in both books was designed by the Pellegrini as such it contains near limitless powers Unfortunately the Pellegrini locked Jean s powers in hopes of controlling himVirs virtual realities whereby an individual can experience things Zoku Realmspace and Sobornost Founder guberniyas are types of virs Virs run inside one s head like software uantum State refers to the status of a uantum based element or device that makes use of them uantum states that is In The uantum Thief one s Watch displays the Time an individual has left before he or she enters uiet public service so to speak The signals sent to and from the Watch reflect different uantum statesMatjek Chen The Prime of his Self in The Fractal Prince and leader of the Sobornost The GCT was his own design It is significant that Matjek is the Prime of himself and not a clone because it shows us that he is fairly uncontested even if other Founders are vying for power Matjek is seemingly a constant in the solar system depicted in this series Further the events at the end of The Fractal Prince support the notion that much of the known solar system is driven by Matjek Chen s mind although Matjek Chen s Guberniya must travel to Earth in The Fractal Prince this seems to indicate that the series does not take place solely in Matjek s mind merely that his will is very influential in the Sobornost collectiveMatjek Chen was once an ordinary man from Earth that was placed in Guberniya safe haven by his parents It is assumed that Matjek left Earth after it was devastated by nanites Matjek was also friendly with the flower prince in le Flambeur s human days Aun The Aun are primal Gods of Earth that existed well before the Sobornost They propagated and survived through storytelling and belief existing primarily in the minds of Earth s inhabitants It is strongly hinted at that le Flambeur is an Aun possibly one that somehow received a Sobornost mind upload he is not confined to Earth or body less It is much likely that le Flambeur is a primal archetype for all subtle dealings thievery and trickery akin to the Norse LokiThe Dragon Jewel Releases a world breaking Sobornost Dragon This becomes important note that this does not refer to the Kaminari JewelThe Kaminari Jewel Jean stole this Zoku jewel from the base on the Oubliette The item is a reality shaper like all Zoku jewels but also seems to possess significantly power than otherwise mentioned It is determined in The Fractal Prince that the Chen will stop at nothing to recover this jewel thus it is of significant importance to the Pellegrini and her plans for Founder dominance as well With the Kaminari Jewel the Chen believes that he can stop death in the universe immediately it is assumed that that like other Zoku jewels it affects reality itself and thus can be much effective than the GCT alone Singularity Metaphysical A singularity is an event that is either technological in nature or biological it is when human intelligence or technology reaches such a point where it transcends the now It literally becomes fluid changing often immediately and changes one s perceptions of reality presumably Singularity PhysicsAstrophysics A black black hole which are all or part consuming the Sobornost have the ability to create black holes and use them to terraform planets making them conducive to Sobornost technology Interestingly a similar technology is used to harness a sun s power in order to fuel Sobornost technology making power plants by sucking up solar radiation Oubliette Moving city on Mars people on Mars do not openly accept the Sobornost idealsVoice Consensus votes within the OublietteCryptarch Leader of Oubliette and enigmatic This leader does not take an apparent role in events concerning the Oubliette The Cryptarch s identity is revealed in The uantum Thief tzaddik Zoku powered vigilantes that patrol the Oubliette in hopes of thwarting crime They also help keep the Sobornost from returning to the OublietteFlower Prince Jean le Flambleur as silly as the name sounds he is called this because he often has a single flower in his lapel This is a term used in The Fractal Prince It is also a term used with great respect as if le Flambeur were a great personJean le Flambeur Gentlemen Thief Mind Burglar uantum Thief Nice dressed often silly very serious as of late Whether or not Flambeur is actually a Founder or in some way associated with the Primes is unknown He claims to have been around long before the singularity He met Matjek Chen in his outh and drank beer with him on one particular occasionMemories Not a term exactly Jean le Flambleur has fragmented memory of who he was prior to being imprisoned in the dilemma prison This restricts his potential In order to fulfill the Pellegrini s goals he must unlock this knowledgeJosephine Pellegrini or the Pellegrini is a Founder known to be cruel She apparently has feelings for Jean She also wants Jean to embrace his old ways and aid her in her mysterious uest She s conniving and self absorbedSydan An Oort female that Mieli fights to see again In The Fractal Prince Sydan s fate is explored to some degree when Venus underwent a Sobornost singularity she was trapped by the devastation She was then sucked into the planet s core presumably The Pellegrini claims that she can help Mieli get back her love Whether this is true is unknown Short Essay on Zoku Sobornost Relations This was written prior to reading The Causal Angel and may contain many errors for things that were unknown to me prior to finishing the seriesAssentConsensus vs HumanityEvolution One of the most interesting elements of the series to date is that of humanity or specifically what it means to be human The Sobornost appear to favor conformity a universal consensus immortality and assent The latter presents itself in the form of the All Defector and directly supports these themes Although Jean believes that the All Defector is a natural progression of the dilemma prison s programming it s just as likely that the Zoku designed the All Defector as a virus or as a way to introduce a chaotic element chance or uncertainty into an otherwise fixed system the prison supports the Sobornost ideals of assent surrender and group think While this is just my opinion it does keep true to the central themes of the seriesFurther the Zoku are gamers at heart they embrace chaos disorder and mortality We see this in their opposition to the GCT their strong desire to live life to its fullest and to promote evolution The Zoku support evolution as seen through their support of conflict life death and change Raiding and competition is at the heart of what makes MMOs strong it s also symbolic of an evolutionary type survival of the fittest The Sobornost do not embrace this Extinction is a concept which the Sobornost fight vehemently against Interestingly in most science fiction stories we either see either a Sobornost like theme usually a novel set in a dystopian future or a Zoku like high tech Utopia rarely do we see both elements in the same tale This Freedom vs Consensus conflict is masterfully highlighted by Rajaniemi in both The uantum Thief and The Fractal Prince The Zoku s tale is the only one left to tell and it ll be the focus of his next book set to release in May 2014 This review is for Book 2 The Fractal Prince and Book 3 The Causal Angel Books 2 and 3 were just as entertaining as Book 1 The uantum Thief although neither achieved the thematic heights of Book 1 the premise of rewriting history that impressed me profoundly Instead we are treated to further adventures in this surreal far future world created by Rajaniemi Rajaniemi continues to impress me with his ability to project into the extreme future what life might be like if consciousness could be digitized I don t believe it can be but it makes for fantastic and fantastical possibilitiesIn these two books Jean le Flambeur and his semi partner Meili the battle angel continue on their uest to fulfill the ambiguous and relatively confusing mission they have been compelled to perform by the pelligrini an original Founder of the Sobornost one of the first beings to develop and command high level code or information which controls much of the reality that makes up the existing society The story ranges across the inner planets and moons of the solar system and the various spaceways connecting them Although a great deal of it also occurs in diverse versions of cyberspace Jean and Meili are caught between numerous socialmilitarytechnologicalpolitical forces that include the competing Founders who each control nearly limitless versions of themselves in various physical and digitized forms unleashed and nearly impossible to control code beings that have only modest identities but great appetites as well as a civilization called the Zoku who have gamified society and turned every single action and choice the members make into a game move that rewards them for success Zoku society is something like if ou got points in life for making choices that benefit the goals of a group All actions are monetized and banked for future benefits Zoku society is in a sense a barter society as well where actions that move the group toward certain goals are rewarded with bankable points and higher levels of access to powers Individuals achieve personal power by helping the groupJust as in Book 1 Rajaniemi has a poetic flare for inventing and describing technology I m far from pro technology because for every benefit of technology to date we have also produced great harm Mass production and the great mobility of planes trains and automobiles have wrought global warming For every MRI system that could save lives we have nuclear bombs that could destroy all life and civilization We probably should have stopped at the toothbrush and the bicycle And that s why some science fiction authors who seem to glorify technology like Neal Stephenson really disappoint me They seem to posit technology as being able to solve all our problems I ll call them Technoptimists Rajaiemi doesn t strike me as a technoptimist His tremendous imagination has envisioned a far future that we may never reach but he shows just as much struggle and despair in the future as the present With beings of lesser power at the mercy of those of greater power and those with power have their own agendas that have nothing to do with what will actually benefit the masses On the other hand as is often the case with epic adventures highly clever single individuals have the power to save the day and make a huge difference So I could level the charge against Rajaniemi that he seems to ascribe to the great man theory of history rather than emphasizing the power of social movements That said the great man here is a woman and it is a pretty damn good story Most of us get a buzz out of someone being a hero and Rajaniemi delivers that blended with enough cynicism that we don t feel like it s fakeAs long as ou re a reader who is comfortable with technology so advanced it s like magic and that is only directionally justified then this is an exhilarating ride of a series I found it hard to put downI should trademark that. He’s running out of timeIn Hannu Rajaniemi’s sparkling follow up to the critically acclaimed international sensation The uantum Thief he returns to his awe inspiring vision of the universeand we discover what the future held for Earth.
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Er these two instances of synaesthetic writing uite common in the book Below the shopkeeper coughs again a mucous jagged sound Their descent brings a rush of waste heat and a tangy smell of overclocked metabolisms But then again to uote a famous Sobornost warmind Matter and mind Dualism Primitive distinctions All is information So why should a writer s method distinguish between mind and bodyThe fabric of post human wonders is especially dense on Earth Sirr in the sky is a proud heir to the Oubliette as one of the jaw dropping SF cities ever imagined Its kilometer long vertical Shards remnants of a ruined space station lighting up the night the muhtasib aristocrats in palaces high up and the commoners on the ground the angel nets and the gogol merchants ships the Fast Ones the mutalibun and the body thieves in the dessert Ah I will let ou find about those on Open City your own explore the fractals inour uniue wayApart from the sheer and stark awesomeness of the world and the intricacy of the plot there are also the Big Ideas And these are really huge in the second book having leveled up significantly The motif of fractals is not spliced to the formal DNA of the novel merely for the coolness factor it reflects a serious preoccupation with the mystery of minds and stories myths and gods past and future The Great Task of the Sobornost comes into crisp resolution and its vision is pitched against the much elusive essence of classic humanity and the zokus The book trades in complex uestions such as why we need storytelling what is consciousness a strange loop a self loop and where to draw the boundary between human and non human Ideas that as Rajaniemi admits are pickpocketed from thinkers as diverse as Douglas Hofstadter Andy Clarke and Carl Jung The notion of memesarchetypes is particularly central to the book But like my friend Isaac taught me a long ago on Mars alcohol is not just about chemistry it s the meme the feeling Bacchus speaking in my head and making it all better Jean himself is a kind of meme the trickster archetype embodied in flesh and this starts to show and as the series progresses It will be interesting to read about the zoku point of view regarding these conundrums in the later chapters of the story They seem particularly fond of untidy narratives and Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves yet scorn run of the mill humans as meme zombies Anyway Rajaniemi does a fantastic job at presenting a metaphysical vision of a universe made of information At certain points some of the ideas reminded me of Philip Dick s deeply disturbing but insightfully graceful form of mysticism only operationalized and made sane The Finnish writer explores those problem spaces in his usual brisk fashion so don t expect a comprehensive argument but be prepared to getou mind blown here and there along the fractal edgesAnd if ou have endured this review to its end and still aren t convinced that The Fractal Prince could well be the best SF novel in 2012 let s see what Iank Banks has to offer before any rash pronouncements consider the following This is a book that can pull off this sentence I m going to find a job that does not involve breaking into giant machines full of lesbian dragon sex Nothing to say910 One of the reasons I read non fiction and classics is that they tend to challenge me than the books I enjoy reading the most I ll pick up science fiction or fantasy because I want to escape relax and take a break But too much and I get boredI did not have that problem when I read this book Not one bit Hannu Rajaniemi though has found a way to both escape and challenge my mind at the same time The challenge is such that as I have seen one reviewer note I would not reco 355 starsThe Fractal Prince currently sits at the top of the most complex and difficult sci fi book I ve ever read probably soon to be replaced by its seuelRajaniemi continues his uncompromising no exposition storytelling style Other than one or two short sentences all terms were left unexplained it s up to the readers to make sense of what each terminology means from the narrative For example gogols Spimescape Wildcode and many Feel free to call me stupid or dumb if ou want but I had to cheat a bit here I almost DNFed this book at 30% mark because I understood almost nothing Do not let the page count trick Eye Sleuths Ghostly Vacations you into thinking this is a light sci fi read it s absolutely not Ifou re checking this review because Restful Sleep you re thinking of giving up I strongly suggestou check out these two wiki page one being completely spoiler free and the other one contain some spoilershttpwwwkarangillcomglossary ua completely spoiler free glossary explanationandhttpsenwikipediaorgwikiListof this one has spoilers for the first book and mini spoiler for this book But if Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial you ended up checking this oneou ll probably appreciate the spoilersThis two list helped me immensely I ended up enjoying this book so much than before The reason behind this is mostly because I sucked at mathphysics and hard sci fi is not a genre I visit often especially when the level of hardness is as hard as Wakanda s vibranium I mean for god sake I was happy to get a 7100 score on my physics final exam in high school how the heck would I be able to understand this high concept sci fi jargons without any exposition If reality is not what Death Goes Shopping you want it to be change it Picture The Fractal Prince Chinese edition coverJean at this point has become something of a trickster archetype incarnate Mieli s past Stories within stories stories coming to life wildcode body swapping identity theft look it s too much to say in a reviewIfou re able to appreciate every idea that appeared in the book I seriously think Matrimonio a la Fuerza (Saga Londres, you re going to end up putting this bookseries intoour favorites list There were a lot of brilliant ideas that lie beneath the surface of the main plot and sci fi jargon I struggled during the first half but with the help of those two wiki page I mentioned the second half of the book ended up becoming a very engaging ride full of high concept and revelations Metafictional stories within stories from multi perspectives switching back and forth between timelines body swapping and identity theft look it s impossible for me to explain all the things that made this book awesome I seriously need a reread of the trilogy one dayI know I m not done with this trilogy et but this two book alone in my opinion was difficult than Cixin Liu s Remembrance of Earth s Past trilogy already For now all I can say is that although I enjoyed this one uite mind blown by the concepts too I wasn t able to fully appreciate every single thing that happened in this book Once again I can only recommend this book and trilogy to readers who love hard sci fi with close to zero expositions I highly doubt any new to sci fi readers unless they re scientists mathematicians would be able to understand everything that Rajaniemi cooked up here Consider ourself warned Now let me proceed to destroy my brain by reading the conclusion immediately You can find this and the rest of my Adult EpicHigh Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest More post singularity thief nonsense in a wildly inventive future solar systemLook the thing is I like a story that skips infodumps as much as the next girl The preuel had that great setup where Thunder Voice (Sam Keaton: Legends of Laramie you could actually steal time off of someone s life and this book does the same trick of ploppingou down into a culture and never actually explaining the rules so it takes a few hundred pages to figure shit out He makes it worthwhile because these settings really are great But at a certain point it is incumbent upon an author to ensure that his readers this is awkward can actually figure out what the fuck happened Because I am a sophisticated and experienced reader I read this book over a short period of time I rewound to check certain sections again and I m still not sureIt s supposed to be all gestures there s this puzzle box and getting into it destroys parts of what s inside And the book is supposed to be like that Parts of it are supposed to be impenetrable unlike Rebelde Rendición (Saga Londres, your typical caper which turns on the eventual flourishing reveal And that s fine But I finished it feeling that for all its vivid textures and beautiful set pieces this book simply failed to execute on its end of the reader writer contract I am assuming perhaps incorrectly that the key to the puzzle box is in the third book but I m frankly not convinced at this point that I want to bother This is designed as a series recap in preparation of Causal Angel You can also use it as a review of both novels ifou haven t read them though I can t guarantee it s spoiler free I ve also included a glossary of terms found within the series as well as a short essay on Zoku Sobornost relations these two absolutely contain spoilers Please note that I created it prior to reading The Causal Angel and it contains some inaccuracies as it doesn t include information revealed in the final book Review of Rajaniemi s Jean le Flambeur Series May Contain Spoilers What follows is a mini review of the series to date including the Finnish author s The uantum ThiefBook 1 and The Fractal Prince Book 2 The uantum Thief is the beginning of Rajaniemi s ambitious high tech heist tale It s the tale of a superhuman thief named Jean le Flambeur Jean has the ability to steal intangible things that are important in a high tech world things like uantum states and mindsOh Wretched Moments yeah did I mention that Hannu Rajaniemi studied uantum physics and possesses and in depth knowledge of string theory While the series puts the hard in hard sci fi it is also offset by plenty of adventure and fantasy Despite what some reviewers claim this series is easy to read and is a masterfully woven science fiction tale The futuristic universe described in the trilogy is a post singularity setting This means that humanity has achieved the ability to transcend physical bodies and live on various planets throughout our Solar System The universal consensus in which their minds exist is known as the SobornostJean s new body given to him by Miele and her shadowy employer is actually a Sobornost Founder s creation Its potential is limitless but Miele keeps tight control over it Unfortunately there s another catch he s incomplete and brokenIn uantum Thief we re introduced to Jean when he s rescued by a combat ready winged soldier named Mieli Mieli is his partner and employer during the series She rescues Jean from a Dilemma Prison a crystal clear structure in space that pitsour mind against Estimating centrifugal compressor performance you reuiringou to make impossible decisions only to die an infinite number of times But the true gem is not the witty and wild rogue Jean it s the OublietteThe Oubliette the primary location of uantum Thief is a moving city on Mars Unlike other novels the city s currency is Time each individual possesses a temporal allotment when one s Time runs out their minds enter uiet Those in uiet become semi automatons used to maintain the OublietteBut unlike other novels that have similar storylines Rajaniemi designed a social exchange element that marks the uantum Thief as one of the most interesting stories I ve ever read The gevulot is an asymmetric cryptographic system similar to public key encryption that allows citizens to share what they want about themselves gevulot reuests are handled with a thought and can include one s entire pastOne of the coolest things about gevulot is the concept of Agoras These locations are public suares where all information is recorded in exomemory Elsewhere in the Oubliette people share what they want including their presence For example Jean s antithesis Isidore Beautrelet a oung investigator lives in an apartment with another person Although Isidore can be in the same room as his roommate he doesn t actually see her unless she allows for itWithout giving too much information away Jean goes to the Oubliette in hopes of recovering lost memories of his past While attempting to restore himself to his former glory Jean will learn about the city s power structure all the while trying to evade Isidore BeautreletAn interesting concept in the novel is that of the Zoku a group of individuals opposed to the Sobornost They create video game like environments virs virtual environments or realmspace as the Zoku call it They are based on an MMO clan they have achieved immortality not from uploading their minds to Sobornost systems but to their own Surprisingly this isn t as corny as it may sound to some it s really uniue an intriguingOne of the other cool things about the novel is the third main character Mieli s sapphire ship which resembles a spider and its web each segment is like a teardrop caught in the web like design surrounding it The ship itself is alive it is named Perhonen and represents itself through butterfly avatarsThe second novel in the series The Fractal Prince is a lot different than The uantum Thief While the latter was groundbreaking and significant the former is a story about the same universe It does follow the events in the first book but it s also a lot less awe inspiring than the first novelThe Fractal Prince is about the Sobornost and a war torn Earth Earth has only one significant city left Sirr all the others have been abandoned though a plague of nanites known as wildcode These nano machines warp everything they touch into surreal mutations It is noted that Sirr was once Sirr in the Sky but that city has since been destroyed the last human remnants inhabit the wastelands below it on the Earth s surfaceSirr is actually an extremely interesting place despite the fact that it isn t as cool as the Oubliette The story told there intentionally mimics One Thousand and One Nights Sirr is an Arabian esue Middle Eastern city complete with sous The main currency is Gogols sold by Gogol hunters and traders Gogols are from the The uantum Thief and are minds with or without bodies Seals protect the city from wildcode The ruling rich live on vertical Shards made by broken spires from when Sirr in the Sky fell from the cloudsThere are a number of storylines present in Fractal Prince and to describe them all would be too much of a spoiler One of the primary plots is about a storyteller and jinn lover named Tawaddud Unlike spirit based jinn found in Arabian folklore these are actually body less Gogols Tawaddud must solve a criminal case while trying to overcome social stigmas placed on her by othersOntological subjectivity reality made possible through storytelling and various character viewpoints of them is a chief theme present throughout the second book Even the chapter layout itself has significance There is no one main story the plots change from MieliJean to TawaddudSirr again and again until the novel s conclusion Some readers find some of the concepts difficult to understand such as the idea of realities within realities but these concepts are presented in clear ways that are not didactic or superfluousIf The uantum Thief s detailed universe sparked our interest ou ll love how Fractal Prince fleshes out the Sobornost virtual realities virs Guberniyas Jean s personality and motives morality and ethics in a post singularity world the Aun of Earth and The best way to read the books is to supplement our reading by checking out the various Wikis on the web such as the Exomemory Wiki and the Jean le Flambeur Character List page on WikipediaWhile I know I ve been somewhat vague in my review of The Fractal Prince I think the novel is worth reading for fans of The ua. Adow players and jinni two sisters contemplate a revolutionAnd on the edges of reality a thief helped by a sardonic ship is trying to break into a Schrödinger box for his patron In the box is his freedom Or notJean de Flambeur is back And.
On the day the Hunter comes for me I am killing ghost cats from the Schr dinger Box I luuuuurve this opening line His craft is exuisite so far Update The imagery is almost better than anything I ve read in either sci fi or fantasy If ou took out the better and deeper images from all thee matrix movies threw them up against the wall with jinn and fairies and the greatest heist mysteries heavily spiced it with near impossible mathematical concepts and theorems that really need some deep explanations ou re not going to even remotely get in this text save S cat but he gives a uick explanation for this one although its been done in sci fiction a lot already Lifes a Pitch you stir in planetary intelligences diamond cities that crashed to earth slow and uicktime peoples AND warring sisters then maybeou ve got the first gorgeous fifty pages of this book And don t forget to keep a copy of Castle Barebane your mind beforeou read or Mixed Tape Series Volume you might just lose a copy ofour prime iteration I want to give this 6 stars Have I been waiting for something like this all my life since Singularity Sky Maybe A uoteSo Sightseeing instead How about watching a transhuman mind have a Hawking orgasm From afarMieli smiles A warm rush of relief washes over herI bet ou say that to all the girls she saysThe entire novel is poetry and math and all told with brilliant imagery I ve decided to bone up on my uantum physics too just so I can appreciate the story I may be relatively uniue in this respect because I don t really believe that general readership of sci fi novels just decide to understand uantum physics in order to fully appreciate a novel they had just read Well to be fair I ve read popular accounts in the past and have enjoyed them immensely even if I pick up on less than one tenth of the math Ok maybe I m not that odd after all in wanting a greater understanding At least in this case I feel really justified and encouraged after reading this brilliant work of mathfictionSo I finished it and I can only say WowWell I can say a lot because wow doesn t do it a third of justice Or even an irrational third of justiceWhat I will say is that these two books have now jumped to my top ten favorite books list Together because I don t want to cause other injustices to stories and I have a very great feeling about the next book While I ought to recommend this book to everyone I doubt it will be to everyone s taste But then does everyone like Blake Shakespeare Manly P Hall s Secret Teachings of All Ages Of course they should But they are all very very different than this piece which might need to be its own genre from now on I m tempted to just transcend here and put an end to my miseryRead em peeps Just read em perhaps three times You ll seeUpdate second readI laughed and I cried I got out of the whole story angle than I did the first time all of the stories within stories minds within stories stories coming to life and eating our children All the Devils are Here your children coming back from the dead to birth stories that would later eat the Earth and help the dead child become the God King of the Gogols OH YES Yeses Miles to Go (The Walk, yes A thousand timeses He turned a fundamentally metafiction concept into a hypercube and spun it out with such verve and beauty as to kick my mind in its ass I cannot say how much I loved this book Again much better the second time reading than the first if possible but I can t regret a s Nothing pleases me than when a novel refuses the reader exposition Instead they immerse The Wake you in the world and letou sink or swim And let me tell Circus Act (Spy Pups you that first gulp of air is so sweet I read I loved the previous book but I read it too long ago to remember if I found it as hard to grasp as this one There s several story lines that play out simultaneously in very different worlds and on top of that there s what feels like a very deliberate tribute to 1001 Nights in the use of nested stories and many of the universe s elements Once everything is revealed the layering and plot manipulations are simply grand but I was well past the halfway point of the book before I felt like I had a handle on what was happening This book is very worthwhile but probably best paired with ADHD medication Oh mygodReading this diamond hard sci fi novel is certainly not for space opera virgins My mind is bleeding from the attempt But then again nothing previously written in the genre except volume one could prepare one adeuately for this frenetically paced incredibly complex fractally dense relentlessly overwhelming work It is post human post singularity and post current imagination Sui generis indeed and the gentle reader is not provided with a easy roadmap Or a lifebelt It s sink or swim there is minimal explanation of the myriad of complex ideas and I m certain many will abandon ship by the third chapterFor those who persevere there is a delight of nested stories and an unveiling of known and new protagonists I am sure that the final novel will be a stunnerAll I can say is here be dragons andou are not prepared The review was originally posted in the blog Random s 23 Cents Step into the Palace of Stories taste their body of fractalsI gobbled The Fractal Prince up in just a few days hungry to devour as many pages as possible during my daily commute between tube stations Or maybe trying to slow down and savor them sorry to see the book come to an end Anything inducing such paradoxical states of mind must be than just good The follow up to The uantum Thief is full of such curiosities It is pretty short as novels go and Daffodil Girls yet it feels vast infinite even The story is involved to the point of obfuscation but each day I would sink effortlessly into its winding ways and half an hour later would pop out of the underground one or self contained stories sparkling like exotic jewels in my mind It is a labyrinth and a room full of mirrors whereou can easily lose The Private Lives of the Saints yourself occasionally evenour self and where subliminal glimpses of massive creatures moving hidden underneath the surface will startle Biggles Goes to War you grand colorful illusions will dazzle memes will burrow and most of whatou know will be revealed as nothing than shifting sandsI don t mean to suggest that Rajaniemi has already peaked as an author and his writing is a thesaurus of perfection On the contrary I think his talent has a lot of space to grow his skills could be even sharper the writing profound He is no Nabokov as of Mission New York (Scavenger Hunt Adventure yet but who knows where his craft will lead him The Fractal Prince is incredibly bold in terms of formal experimentation it holds true to the promise of its title and this alone makes the novel one of the most interesting reads of theear In terms of content its predecessor The uantum Thief dealt mostly with information privacy veils and the rewriting of history The Fractal Prince is even ambitions it focuses on the fractal nature of minds and stories on the hidden warp and weft of information that structures the worldThis is a stunningly ambitious undertaking even so when Dominion (Life After you realize that Rajaniemi has tried to shape the plot itself as a fractal On the surface of it the story is told by just a couple of characters Beneath it though there is a cacophony of voices each of them eager to tell its own story The book is deliberately structured along the lines of One Thousand and One Nights and just like a fractal it exposes layers within layers within layers the deeperou go Of course the best a work of fiction can accomplish is an illusion of a fractal but I ll be damned if Hannu isn t a master illusionist Thus The Fractal Prince resembles a strange breed of fruit onion like and many headed with smaller bulbs hiding within larger ones their skins suffused with surprising flavors which when tasted wake up unexpected associations all of that fitting in a twisted multi aspected mandala that nevertheless makes perfect sense And then when Angel Pets you are at least sure thatou know Unwilling (The MacLauchlans, your location on that bizarre mapou find it is curling back on itself and spewing A Feast of Freud you whereou were in the beginning or rather encapsulating the beginning so that The Mallen Girl you wonder whether there is any point in keeping track of things or if everything isn t just an endless ouroborosSomewhere along the Cosmic Highway the trickster ex god of thieves Jean le Flambeur Mieli from Oort and her ship Perhonen are trying to gain leverage against the ruler of the Solar System and survive the Hunter that is after them Jean is desperately trying to open a Schr dinger box holding a captive god To do that he will have to hack into a zoku router and possibly kill a billion of hypothetical kittens At the same time on Earth in the last surviving human city Sirr in the sky two sisters are playing a dangerous game of politics and story telling Tawaddud Gomelez a stigmatized princess of Sirr embodiment slave and jinn s whore is this book s Isidore playing counterpoint to Jean s story line As in the previous one the two eventually merge and this time the convergence is even exuisiteNot that I didn t enjoy theoung Martian detective and his zoku girlfriend but I found Tawaddud much human and easy to relate to The reasons for that are probably rooted in the respective environments of the novels The Oubliette society of the previous installment had a working formula to beat death it was gamified to the extreme operating according to rules that resemble top down designed narratives Even though still human it was much cleaner abstracted somehow its problems were issues of information privacy and security Tawaddud s world is much messier and fuzzy bounded It is a world of broken dreams poormen and richmen civilization and desert jinns and body thieves The story within story template captures that effectively especially in Tawaddud s character which is probably the most complex so far Given that a certain lack of depth in characterization remains as my biggest problem with the series I feel that this is an important improvement and hope to see of it in the books to come Mieli too receives a human portraiture in this book Hers is a beautiful love story though sadly told in too few pages The supporting role award in this one however goes to Perhonen A lovely butterfly of a spider ship wish I knew her Jean just as before remains an enigma a character that I still can t make my aboutBaited by her sister Dunyazad Tawaddud enters the politics of Sirr which turns out to be a dizzying mess It is bound to be really when tiny and unimportant post Collapse Earth suddenly becomes a vortex of power play in the Solar System Amidst that and Jean s exploits much is revealed about the world of the far future much than in The uantum Thief A lot of our expectations and understanding of the previous book will possibly not stand at least some of mine didn t Even events that seemed explicitly disambiguated on Mars are complicated further and for that reason it is probably a good idea to reread The uantum Thief before diving into this one an even better reason is that it s great fun A lot of the events in this book too may seem somewhat opaue especially some threads in the explosive end part The author firmly refuses to spoon feed his readers with justifications and explanations and that is rather great and admirable even if it is the source of occasional confusion But there are simply so many miracles to show in this universe Like Mieli the ship is an uneasy amalgalm of Oortian and Sobornost remade on Venus hidden weapons and uantum armour and virs and gogols and antimatter embedded in v ki smartcoral like diamond insects in amber No wonder there is an unchecked profusion of noun phrases non finite and verbless clauses on every page Mieli floats in the spimescape a ghost within the ghost of the ship It is a representation of the worldlines all smartmatter leaves behind from every nut and bolt of Perhonen to the System wide machinery of the Highway Reality overlaid with interpretation and explanation cold physics caught in a cobweb of meaning It is a feature of Rajaniemi s writing that I m not sure I like without reservations coupled with the present tense narrative it definitely contributes a somewhat static uality to the perception of imagery Which is a paradox in itself as The Fractal Prince is anything but static It moves at the speed of light literally leaps and bounds and twists and never desists with the deluge of miracles Now that I m writing this it strikes me that I can very easily visualize the narrative as a comic strip delivering a rapid seuence of still images each one etched on the pagemind with fastidious detail The detached narrative voice that comes with noun heavy writing is then transmogrified from a potential flaw to method of story telling lifted from a slightly different media semi disembodied semi character centered An approach rather cleverly fitted to the nature of the story after all it must be very difficult to depict post human godlings then why not tell it all from the vantage point of a high speed camera able to capture with fidelity everything from visuals to states of mind though not necessarily able to explain it I can almost imagine a graphic novel adaptation or why not a uirky anime series with sufficiently brilliant art to render the awesomeness of Rajaniemi s universeThe wild metaphor chase in the last paragraph might seem too stretched but this is actually one of the coolest things about Rajaniemi s writing It invites ou to construct meaning without ever slowing down to take a breath To echo a famous cognitive linguist it taps into the wide backstage of cognition and makes The Lords Of Destiny you work damn hard forour money The amount of information analysis conceptual blending and linguistic reverse engineering one has to engage in to make sense of the text is staggering Even staggering is that the effort doesn t really feel like work it is simply that rewarding and enjoyable Just think how much our brain needs to accomplish in order to decode a thought up word like cleptography It reuires accesses to at least two conceptual domains and the respective schemata associated with them then ou have to make the two work together as one and situate the new notion within the context of the novel itself spun from countless such loci of meaning Scale that up a thousand fold and it might give Hosts (Repairman Jack, you a relative idea how much on fireour brain is while processing such a text The fact that Siege of Heaven (Demetrios Askiates, you do want to process it is a sure sign that it packs a whole lot of pleasurable affective punchIn fact another element that potentially could be seen as a flaw is justified in a similar fashion Rajaniemi might not be feeding us information in a very non hard sciences academician friendly fashion but his books are no strangers to occasional info dumps Without those they would take decades to write and would fill thousands of pages Yet here the notorious nemesis of good worldbuilding sits naturally filtered through the idea of the Sobornost metaselves that tirelessly steer gogols to the fulfillment of The Great Common Task And trust meou will enjoy the info dumps and fret over there being so little of them The scale of Rajaniemi s ideas and canvas painting is awe inspiring sharing a league with The Hyperion Cantos Which is veritable feat to cram so much in such a lean page count That is why such a methodology of using language to uncover just the tip of meaning and let the reader figure the rest out is entirely functional and adeuate in this case Moreover Rajaniemi uses it to appeal to the senses too it s not reserved for the intellect alone Consid. “The good thing is no one will ever die again The bad thing is everyone will want to”A physicist receives a mysterious paper The ideas in it are far far ahead of current thinking and uite uite terrifying In a city of “fast ones” sh.
Pdf Read The Fractal Prince Author Hannu Rajaniemi
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 JarroldRajaniemi 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 uantum Thief was published in September 2010 by Gollancz in Britain and in May 2011 by Tor Books in the US A seuel The Fractal Prince was published in September 2012 by Gollancz and in November 2012 by TorFI Hannu Rajaniemi on Edinburgissa Skotlannissa asuva suomalainen tieteiskirjailija joka kirjoittaa sekäs suomeksi että englanniksi Rajaniemi on opiskellut matemaattista fysiikkaa Oulun ja Cambridgen yliopistoissa ja väitellyt säieteoriasta filosofian tohtoriksi Edinburghin yliopistossa Hän on perustajajäsen matematiikan ja tekniikan konsulttiyhtiössä nimeltä ThinkTank Maths Opiskellessaan Edinburgissa Rajaniemi liittyi kirjoittajaryhmään joka järjesti tekstien lukutilaisuuksia Hänen varhaisia novellejaan on ilmestynyt englanniksi Interzone lehdessä ja Nova Scotia antologiassa Näistä jälkimmäinen kiinnitti Rajaniemen nykyisen kirjallisuusagentin kiinnostuksen vuonna 2005 Vuonna 2008 Rajaniemi solmi kustannussopimuksen kolmesta romaanista brittiläisen Gollancz kustantamon kanssa Valmiina oli silloin ainoastaan romaanin yksi luku Esikoisromaani The uantum Thief ilmestyi syyskuussa 2010 Hänellä on näiden kolmen romaanin julkaisusopimus myös yhdysvaltalaisen Tor kustantamon kanssa Suomeksi Rajaniemen esikoisteoksen julkaisee Gummerus nimellä Kvanttivaras