Loss is a thing of the past. Murder is obsolete. Death is just the beginning.

In 1938, death is no longer feared but exploited. Since the discovery of the afterlife, the British Empire has extended its reach into Summerland, a metropolis for the recently deceased.

Yet Britain isn’t the only contender for power in this life and the next. The Soviets have spies in Summerland, and the technology to build their own god.

When SIS agent Rachel White gets a lead on one of the Soviet moles, blowing the whistle puts her hard-earned career at risk. The spy has friends in high places, and she will have to go rogue to bring him in.

But how do you catch a man who’s already dead?

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About Hannu Rajaniemi

Hannu Rajaniemi is a Finnish author of science fiction and fantasy, who writes in both English and Finnish. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is a founding director of a technology consultancy company, ThinkTank Maths.

    Summerland Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    When I first saw Summerland pop up on NetGalley, I got my feisty finger out and click-clickity-clicked as fast as I could. When you read as many books as I do, it's easy to start feeling the dreaded b...

  • Manuel Anto

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Ana and Kata: “Summerland” by Hannu Rajaniemi“Yet the longer you lived in Summerland, the stranger things became. Your hypersight gre...

  • Bradley

    As a bonafide fanboy of Rajaniemi, first for his trilogy and then for his short story collection, I was really chomping at the bit for ANYTHING he might write next. His imagination is by far some of t...

  • Philip

    DNF at 60%I really enjoyed the beginning, and think the ideas and concepts are great. The writing is actually very confident and seasoned too. However, about halfway through I hit a wall that I could ...

  • Gary

    Originally posted at afterlife hardly seems like a suitable subject for science fiction, but authors as far back as Edgar Allan Poe – whose pseudoscientif...

  • Cathy (cathepsut)

    „You are a cruel woman, Mrs. Moore,“ he said between sips.Reminiscent of Marvel‘s Agent Carter, Mrs. Moore is a secret agent... but that is just the beginning. Set in 1938, we get espionage and ...

  • Trish

    This was my first novel by this author, who came highly recommended.The premise of there being an afterlife, making death no big deal, as well as all the political repercussions (Queen Victoria is sti...

  • Ed McDonald

    Full disclosure: I received an advance copy of Summerland because I got to read the first pages at Worldcon, got hooked and then bugged the publisher until they gave me a copy. No spoilers.I've always...

  • Quintin Zimmermann

    Summerland is a peculiar novel with the unique premise of mashing together the disparate concepts of the afterlife with Cold War spy tradecraft .Almost the entire book takes place in an alternate 1938...

  • Jason

    5 Stars Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi lived up to my high expectations. Let me simply state that Rajaniemi has vaulted himself to the top as one of my very favorite science fiction authors writing tod...