Derek Kunsken 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.
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 Kunsken'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 The Quantum Magician is a fabulous debut, it would make the most fantastic movie. It has everything and more, it seriously needs to be read by way more people. Highly, highly recommended. -- The Curious SFF Reader Con games and heists are always hard to write - one like this, which comes out pitch perfect, wrapped in a nuanced and striking sci-fi narrative is, to say the least, a rarity. -- SF and F Reviews The Quantum Magician feels like what would happen if Locke Lamora landed in Bank's Culture, and if Locke had a lot to say about depraved humans. And I do love me a con artist story! Also? The writing is brilliant, the pacing is damn near perfect, the dialog is fun and snarky, the characters are great, I couldn't put this book down! -- The Little Red Reviewer 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 A delightfully engaging heist story. -- Caroline Mersey, Science Fiction Book Club 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 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 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 Technology changes us-even our bodies-in fundamental ways, and Kunsken handles this wonderfully. -- Cixin Liu Kunsken has a wonderfully ingenious imagination. -- Adam Roberts, Locus An audacious con job, scintillating future technology, and meditations on the nature of fractured humanity. -- Yoon Ha Lee A boldly ambitious debut. -- SFX Magazine