THREE MORE MONTHS.
Three more months until I can hold this book in my hands.
This book, third in a trilogy about a gentleman thief who is rescued from a prison that tests for patterns in game theory by a finnish speaking lesbian mercenary from the oort cloud who is by the way not sexualized at all, seriously, this book does not have time for anyone’s fantasies, it is too busy being awesome. This trilogy which hops between planets in the solar system, displaying a myriad of post-human cultures at different power levels and the conflicts between their philosophies, spoiling me on monolithic system cultures having territory wars for all science fiction ever, not that I ever particularly liked monolithic cultures and territory wars to begin with.
Know what Hannu Rajaniemi said about this book? He said
It’s quite heavily concerned with games, which have a very powerful effect on the human mind. In games, we have some freedom to choose who we are as we take on specific roles or impose deliberate constraints on ourselves in order to have fun. This reaches another level in role-playing games and massive multi-player online games, where you create an avatar for yourself. I’ve got some background in tabletop and live action role-playing games, as there’s quite a rich culture of that in Nordic countries like Finland and Sweden as opposed to the Anglo-Saxon world. People create quite artistically ambitious scenarios that go way beyond Dungeons & Dragons. So the themes of the trilogy come together with these kinds of elements. In The Quantum Thief, we had the Zoku, who are like a post-human culture that revolves around games and game designs in various forms, so the third book is going to be a very Zoku heavy book.
Know who is a giant geek about MMOs and games? IT’S ME. Know who could not be more psyched about this book? IT’S STILL ME.
Three more months.