new writers

"John Jarrold has concluded a three-book World Rights deal for Scottish-based Finnish SF writer Hannu Rajaniemi. Hannu’s debut novel (presently untitled) plus two further books were pre-empted by Simon Spanton of Gollancz for a high five-figure sum, on the basis of one chapter."

I know Hannu through the Writer's Bloc spoken-word events that take place most frequently in Edinburgh, and others might know him through his story in the Nova Scotia anthology and a recent piece in Interzone (or maybe it's about to come out, I'm not sure which). Hannu's material, from what I've read, falls squarely in the Stross/MacLeod school of hard sf and is annoyingly clever. Annoying, because he has a PHD in maths and physics and actually knows what he's talking about. Unlike ... er ... me.

But anyway, he's a very nice chap and it's nice to see another Scottish - or Scottish-based, really - pro author in the making.


Zyn said...

Why is it that so many of my favourite SF writers are Scottish?

Anonymous said...

As a Scottish SF fan living in Finland, I am eager to read the work of a Finnish SF writer living in Scotland. Any idea of release date/month/year?

Anonymous said...

Ignore the above, I just worked it out for myself - per Hannu's own site, release is August 2009.


Gary Gibson, science fiction writer said...

He does also have a story in the Nova Scotia anthology of sf by Scottish writers, still in print to my knowledge.

Bob Lock said...

Hannu Rajaniemi's story in Interzone 218 is called “His Master’s Voice” if you want a taste of his writing.

There's a review over at The Fix



Anonymous said...

Daniel/Dankku: The delivery date to Gollancz is August 2009, so look for it in the shops 9 to 12 months later!

Anonymous said...

And when will the ebook version be out? ^_^