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Künsken, Derek

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1971-    ) Canadian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Tidal ­Maneuvers" in On Spec for Fall 2006. Most of his later work fits into two connected Hard SF series. The Quantum Universe sequence beginning with The Quantum Magician (January-May 2018 Analog; 2018) follows the life and exploits of a Genetically Engineered Superman whose hubristic longing to advantageously understand the entire world leads him into playing confidence-man to the universe. The Quantum Universe: Venus Ascendant sequence beginning with The House of Styx (March-July 2020 Analog; 2020 ebook), which is set in a moderately Near Future Terraformed Venus, follows the adventures and emotional entanglements of a Québécois family, of colonizing stock, who discover a Wormhole to another planet, which they hope to use to relieve themselves and their fellow colonists from the clutches of an avaricious bank. Künsten's own elated dependency on the SF Megatext is not conveyed without nostalgia. [JC]

Derek Stéphane Künsken

born Cobourg, Ontario: 13 March 1971



Quantum Universe

  • The Quantum Magician (Oxford, Oxfordshire: Solaris, 2018) [first appeared January-May 2018 Analog: Quantum Universe: pb/Justin Adams]
  • The Quantum Garden (Oxford, Oxfordshire: Solaris, 2019) [Quantum Universe: pb/Justin Adams]

Quantum Universe: Venus Ascendant

  • The House of Styx (Oxford, Oxfordshire: Solaris, 2020) [ebook: first appeared March-July 2020 Analog: Quantum Universe: Venus Ascendant: na/Justin Adams]


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