The House of Styx

The House of Styx

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 600 pages
  • 159 x 237 x 53mm | 880g
  • Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1781088055
  • 9781781088050
  • 1,307,102

Review quote

"Awesomely intersectional and packed full of French swear words, The House of Styx is a great scientific adventure!" -- Apple Books Review * Apple Books * "Kunsken's vivid worldbuilding is a knockout... This is a must-read." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review * Publishers Weekly * 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 * SciFiNow * "Such a wonderful read." -- Locus Magazine -- Adrienne Martini * Locus Magazine * "This electrifying planetary adventure features a hardscrabble family that earnestly addresses issues of addiction, gender, sexuality, and disability while surviving storms of all sorts in the hostile clouds of Venus. Highly recommended." -- The Library Journal, starred review * The Library Journal * "Kunsken has, to my mind, already established a place as one of the best pure 'hard science' writers of the current generation, and this book is further evidence of that." -- Rich Horton, Locus Magazine -- Rich Horton * Locus Magazine * "Sometimes nail-biting and always well-paced, The House of Styx is high concept sci-fi that puts characters first-and succeeds by doing so." -- Aurealis * Aurealis *
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About Derek Kunsken

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. He tweets from @derekkunsken, blogs at, and makes his internet home at
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Rating details

270 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 31% (84)
4 38% (103)
3 20% (53)
2 10% (27)
1 1% (3)
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