The Quantum Magician


About The Book

The breathtaking debut from acclaimed short story writer Derek Künsken.


Belisarius is a Homo quantus, engineered with impossible insight. But his gift is also a curse—an uncontrollable, even suicidal drive to know, to understand. Genetically flawed, he leaves his people to find a different life, and ends up becoming
the galaxy’s greatest con man and thief. 

But the jobs are getting too easy and his extraordinary brain is chafing at the neglect. When a client offers him untold wealth to move a squadron of secret warships across an enemy wormhole, Belisarius jumps at it. Now he must embrace his true nature to pull off the job, alongside a crew of extraordinary men and women.

If he succeeds, he could trigger an interstellar war… or the next step in human evolution.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Solaris (October 2, 2018)
  • Length: 480 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781781085707

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Raves and Reviews

"An audacious con job, scintillating future technology, and meditations on the nature of fractured humanity"

– Yoon Ha Lee

“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

"...a delightfully engaging heist story."

– Caroline Mersey, Science Fiction Book Club

"A boldly ambitious debut" 


– SFX Magazine

"...a caper worthy of Jean-Pierre Melville"

– B&N SciFi

"The Quantum Magician is the type of book you go back to...and read again"

– Strange Alliances

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