The House of Styx

The House of Styx
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"Künsken's vivid worldbuilding is a knockout...This is a must-read." -Publishers Weekly starred review

"Awesomely intersectional and packed full of French swear words, The House of Styx is a great scientific adventure!" -- Apple Books Review

Discover the beginnings of the Quantum Evolution with The House of Styx, the start of a groundbreaking new series set 250 years before The Quantum Magician.

Life can exist anywhere. And anywhere there is life, there is home. In the swirling clouds of Venus, the families of la colonie live on floating plant-like trawlers, salvaging what they can in the fierce acid rain and crackling storms. Outside is dangerous, but humankind's hold on the planet is fragile and they spend most of their days simply surviving.

But Venus carries its own secrets, too. In the depths, there is a wind that shouldn't exist. And the House of Styx wants to harness it.

"Künsken has, to my mind, already established a place as one of the best pure ''hard science'' writers of the current generation, and this book is further evidence of that." -- Rich Horton, Locus Magazine

"A boldly ambitious debut." -- SFX Magazine

"An audacious con job, scintillating future technology, and meditations on the nature of fractured humanity." -- Yoon Ha Lee

"Künsken has a wonderfully ingenious imagination." -- Adam Roberts, Locus

"Technology changes us--even our bodies--in fundamental ways, and Kunsken handles this wonderfully." -- Cixin Liu

"I have no problems raving about this book. A truly wild backdrop of space-opera with wormholes, big space-fleet conflict and empires.... What could go wrong?" -- Brad K. Horner

"This brainy sci-fi heist novel uses mathematics like magic to pull you through a caper worthy of Jean-Pierre Melville." -- The B&N SciFi and Fantasy Blog

"The Quantum Magician is the type of book you go back to the beginning and read again once you know how everything pans out and have those 'why didn't I see that the first time?' moments." -- Strange Alliances

"A delightfully engaging heist story." -- Caroline Mersey, Science Fiction Book Club

"The Quantum Magician is a space adventure built on the scaffolding of a classic con job movie (think The Italian Job or Ocean's Eleven). It hits all the right beats at the right time, and part of the fun in reading it is wondering: what will go wrong? Who will betray who? What will be the reversals? When done well, as in the case of The Quantum Magician, it's a delight to read." -- The Ottawa Review of Books

"The Quantum Magician feels like what would happen if Locke Lamora landed in Bank's Culture, and if Locke had a lot to say about depraved humans. And I do love me a con artist story! Also? The writing is brilliant, the pacing is damn near perfect, the dialog is fun and snarky, the characters are great, I couldn't put this book down!" -- The Little Red Reviewer

"Con games and heists are always hard to write - one like this, which comes out pitch perfect, wrapped in a nuanced and striking sci-fi narrative is, to say the least, a rarity." -- SF and F Reviews

"The Quantum Magician is a fabulous debut, it would make the most fantastic movie. It has everything and more, it seriously needs to be read by way more people. Highly, highly recommended." -- The Curious SFF Reader

"The House Of Styx is a stunning new sci-fi family drama that admirably shoulders the burden of two heavy genres and distills them into an exhilarating and heart-breaking journey of discovery." -- SciFiNow, 5 star review

"Sometimes nail-biting and always well-paced, The House of Styx is high concept sci-fi that puts characters first--and succeeds by doing so." -- Aurealis

ISBN: 
9781781088050
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Binding: 
Hardcover
Publication Date: 
April 13, 2021