Solaris signs The Quantum Magician

2 years ago

Solaris, the multiple award winning publisher of cutting edge science fiction and fantasy, has signed The Quantum Magician, the breathtaking debut from acclaimed short story writer Derek Künsken.

Künsken, an author of immense talent and imagination, joins Solaris at an exciting time for the Rebellion Publishing imprint, as it celebrates multiple prominent award nominations for its science fiction list.

The Quantum Magician is a truly first-class debut from Solaris – which is quickly gaining a reputation for publishing the best and brightest new names in genre fiction.

Jonathan Oliver said:

“There’s little that brings me more pleasure than reading a knockout SF debut, and Derek has delivered in spades. Not only is this a grand and vast adventure, but The Quantum Magician is also hard SF at its best, asking vital questions about the future of humanity itself.”

Derek Künsken said:

“In The Quantum Magician, I wanted to look at all the humanities we will create. Some new humans will help civilization, some will spiral it backwards, and some will, through no fault of their own, be really good at confidence schemes and heists. Solaris already takes a complex look at space opera futures, so it's really exciting to work with them.”

The Quantum Magician will be published by Solaris in October 2018.


The Quantum Magician
by Derek Künsken

Belisarius is a quantum man, an engineered Homo quantus who fled the powerful insight of dangerously addictive quantum senses. He found a precarious balance as a con man, but when a client offers him untold wealth to move a squadron of warships across an enemy wormhole, he must embrace his birthright to even try. In fact, the job is so big that he'll need a crew built from all the new sub-branches of humanity. If he succeeds, he might trigger an interstellar war, but success might also point the way to the next step of Homo quantus evolution.

"With its audacious con job, scintillating future technology, and meditations on the nature of fractured humanity, The Quantum Magician is a pleasure to read." – Yoon Ha Lee


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, and makes his internet home at