The House of Styx (Hardcover)

The first in a ground breaking new science fiction series from the best-selling author of The Quantum Magician (Venus Ascendant #1)

By Derek Künsken

Solaris, 9781781088050, 500pp.

Publication Date: April 13, 2021

List Price: 27.99*
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Description

 “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.


About the Author

Derek Künsken has built genetically engineered viruses, worked with street children and refugees in Latin America, served as a Canadian diplomat, and, most importantly, taught his son about super-heroes and science. His short fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and multiple times in Asimov’s Science Fiction. His stories have been adapted into audio podcasts, reprinted in various Year’s Best anthologies, and translated into multiple languages. They have also been short-listed for various awards, and won the Asimov’s Readers’ Award in 2013. He tweets from @derekkunsken, blogs at BlackGate.com, and makes his internet home at DerekKunsken.com


Praise For The House of Styx: The first in a ground breaking new science fiction series from the best-selling author of The Quantum Magician (Venus Ascendant #1)

 “Künsken’s vivid worldbuilding is a knockout...This is a must-read.”
— Publishers Weekly starred review

“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

“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

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

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

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