THE QUANTUM THIEF by Hannu Rajaniemi is a tremendous first novel, first published in Great Britain last year and now in the US. It is a wild adventure story taking place centuries from now on Mars. The solar system has been colonized by our descendents, not all of whom get along. Technologies based on quantum weirdness are everywhere. Robotics has progressed well beyond true artificial intelligence. Jean le Flambeur, master thief, is broken free from prison to steal some time. This is what might be called hard science fiction in that the science is an intelligent and informed extrapolation of what we now know or speculate.
Armed with nothing but diplomacy and time on the long flight to plan strategies, STARBOUND’s Ad Astra crew of transplanted Martians, humans from the Mars colony and trained spies from Earth heads to its possible doom at the Wolf 25 system. Their mission is to negotiate peace with an alien force that has delivered Earth a warning. A sequel to MARSBOUND, STARBOUND follows the thread of the woman dubbed “Mars Girl,” aka Carmen Dula, on what may be a fools errand or the saving of humanity.