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Summerland

By Hannu Rajaniemi

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  • £14.99

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.

'I burned through it . . . Great book: Tinker Tailer Soldier Spook' Ian McDonald


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 Murder is obsolete.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


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How do you catch a spy who's already dead?

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.

But 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.


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'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

'Clever, subtle and . . . has a rich emotional centre' SFX

'Summerland is in its own way as persuasive an example of Rajaniemi's disciplined inventiveness as his better-known hard SF' LOCUS

'Engaging writing, tight plotting and fantastic imagination' Ed McDonald, author of Blackwing

'A tense and twisting tale full of delightful allusions and ingeious' Ken MacLeod

'An intricate and vivid world of technological and spiritual wonder' Kirkus

'Hard to admit, but I think he's better at this stuff than I am' Charles Stross

Biographical Notes

Hannu Rajaniemi is from Finland and now lives in California. He has a PhD in String Theory and now works as a co-founder of a synthetic biology startup. Hannu was the most successful debut SF novelist of recent years. His fiction has been published to great acclaim in many countries.

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  • ISBN: 9781473203280
  • Publication date: 28 Jun 2018
  • Page count: 336
  • Imprint: Gollancz
I burned through it in two days. Great book: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spook. [on SUMMERLAND] — Ian McDonald
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
An excellent slice of genre-bending fiction that thrills and intrigues in equal measure. — SCIFINOW
One of SF's leading lights. — SFX MAGAZINE
A beautifully written, well realised supernatural spy thriller, John le Carré as a ghost story. — Gavin G Smith, author of The Bastard Legion
Engaging writing, tight plotting and fantastic imagination. — Ed McDonald, author of Blackwing
An intricate and vivid world of technological and spiritual wonder. — KIRKUS
A jaw-dropping, knowing, hyperintelligent yarn — Locus Magazine
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 tense and twisting tale full of delightful allusions and ingenious — Ken MacLeod
Clever, subtle and... has a rich emotional centre. — SFX MAGAZINE
Summerland is in its own way as persuasive as example of Rajaniemi's disciplined inventiveness as his better-known hard SF. — LOCUS
A solid and enjoyable book and does much to demonstrate Hannu Rajaniemi's versatility and potential. — SF CROWSNEST
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 Summer 2018
Eerily plausible, beautifully pitched on the cusp between wonder and horror, and thoroughly engrossing from the first page to the last — Alastair Reynolds
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