The io9 Book Club is in session! Let's talk about Hannu Rajaniemi's The Quantum Thief.

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Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. In June we read Hannu Rajaniemi's novel The Quantum Thief. Jump into comments to get started talking about it!

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For those unfamiliar with the io9 book club, here's how it works: You read the book. We create a special book club post on io9 when the meeting is in session. That would be the post you're reading right now. Then everybody talks about the book in comments for a few days, starting right now.

Hannu Rajaniemi will drop by and speak to us about the novel on Friday at noon. I'll post a call for questions for him on Thursday — keep an eye out for it!

So, what did you think of the book?

Want to get a headstart on next month's book? July's pick is Genevieve Valentine's Mechanique. We'll meet to talk about it on July 26. And in August, we'll be reading Ian McDonald's The Dervish House.

DISCUSSION

By
Annalee Newitz

I read this novel several months ago but I'm still pondering the implications of Rajaniemi's depiction of privacy in the Oubliette. I can't help thinking that the idea of privacy-regulating organs is a response to the hysteria of today over how social media is destroying privacy. Instead, Rajaniemi offers us a vision of a culture that has completely redefined privacy, and manages to create private moments we could never dream of (like keeping a sexual encounter private only to yourself by erasing your partner's memory).

This, to me, is one of the best uses of science fiction — to tell people, "Look, you think you're losing privacy, but you're actually at the dawn of an era where privacy will become something completely different, but no less important." Of course the Oubliette's privacy scheme has its limits and vulnerabilities, too. Which makes it realistic.