marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

The Fractal Prince

The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi

Continuing onward from The Quantum Thief, set in the same future of nanotechnology and AIs and a full occupied solar system.

The thief and Mieli are still traveling on her ship, this time to Earth, to steal something for Mieli's goddess and the thief's old acquittance Josephine Pellegrini.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Tawaddad is interrupted while entertaining a jinn by her sister -- she has to get busy, doing actual work for the family.  A politically powerful ally had died last night, and she is needed.

It involves a virtual reality where a man is a tiger, the wild-code preventing the Great Common Task from simply taking over Earth, purifying one's self in a sauna and cooling off by letting in vacuum, telling stories, the Cry of Wrath, the thief's losing his hand, and much more.
Tags: fiction reviews: sf

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