Hannu Rajaniemi

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Acclaimed Sci-Fi Author, Entrepreneur and Scientist; Co-Founder, Helix Nanotechnologies

Biography

Hannu Rajaniemi, co-founder and CEO at Helix Nanotechnologies, is a Finnish author of science fiction and fantasy who writes in both English and Finnish. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is a founding director of technology consultancy ThinkTank Maths.

Rajaniemi holds a bachelor of science in mathematics from the University of Oulu, a certificate of advanced study in mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in mathematical physics from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to starting his Ph.D. candidature, Rajaniemi completed his national service as a research scientist for the Finnish Defence Forces.

While pursuing his Ph.D. in Edinburgh, Rajaniemi joined Writers’ Bloc, a writers’ group that organizes semi-regular spoken-word performances and counts Charlie Stross amongst its members. Early works included Rajaniemi’s first published short story “Shibuya no Love” (2003) and his short story “Deus Ex Homine,” an anthology of Scottish science fiction and fantasy that caught the attention of his current literary agent John Jarrold.

Rajaniemi’s debut novel, “The Quantum Thief” (Gollancz, September 2010), was also published in May 2011 by Tor Books in the U.S. A sequel, “The Fractal Prince,” was published in 2012.

Hannu Rajaniemi is available for paid speaking engagements, including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, conference talks and advisory/consulting services, through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Summerland

(Tor Books, June 2018)

Invisible Planets: Collected Fiction

(Gollancz, May 2016)

The Causal Angel

(Tor Books, July 2014)

The Fractal Prince

(Tor Books, September 2012)

The Quantum Thief

(Tor Books, May 2011)

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Biography

Hannu Rajaniemi, co-founder and CEO at Helix Nanotechnologies, is a Finnish author of science fiction and fantasy who writes in both English and Finnish. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is a founding director of technology consultancy ThinkTank Maths.

Rajaniemi holds a bachelor of science in mathematics from the University of Oulu, a certificate of advanced study in mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in mathematical physics from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to starting his Ph.D. candidature, Rajaniemi completed his national service as a research scientist for the Finnish Defence Forces.

While pursuing his Ph.D. in Edinburgh, Rajaniemi joined Writers’ Bloc, a writers’ group that organizes semi-regular spoken-word performances and counts Charlie Stross amongst its members. Early works included Rajaniemi’s first published short story “Shibuya no Love” (2003) and his short story “Deus Ex Homine,” an anthology of Scottish science fiction and fantasy that caught the attention of his current literary agent John Jarrold.

Rajaniemi’s debut novel, “The Quantum Thief” (Gollancz, September 2010), was also published in May 2011 by Tor Books in the U.S. A sequel, “The Fractal Prince,” was published in 2012.

Hannu Rajaniemi is available for paid speaking engagements, including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, conference talks and advisory/consulting services, through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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“Hannu made mind-blowing future implications of scientific discoveries tangible and accessible, and took us on a journey to a quantum future.”

— David Helgason, Founder of Unity Technologies

“We invited Hannu to speak at Slush since he uniquely combines synthetic biology expertise with visionary science fiction — and he did not disappoint!”

—Katja Toropainen, Chief Curator at Slush

“Hannu took us on a journey to the present and future possibilities of genomics and synthetic biology and was a supremely engaging travel guide. Inspiring visionary who can grasp the audience attention for hours. Audience were talking long after the event how amazing Hannu’s keynote speech was. Highly recommended!”

—From Petra Jäntti, CEO of Kaufmann Agency

“I invited Hannu to speak at Google as his science fiction work is compelling and he was shopping a talk on the future of books. His talk was engaging, well presented, and entertaining. The premise that books of the future might respond purely based on how their reader is receiving the presented material is a fascinating topic that delves into what the subjective experience of reading a traditional book can even be said to be. As his novels demonstrate, Hannu commands a broad reaching knowledge of current (and not-yet-extant) technologies, their manifestation in pop-culture, and the creative vision to present their potential impact on modern society. I would highly recommend Hannu as a speaker to any audience interested in the intersection of technology and humanity.”

—From Brian Retford, Former CTO and co-founder Vertex.ai (recently acquired by Intel)

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