The House of Styx

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.

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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.

“Künsken’s vivid worldbuilding is a knockout…This is a must-read” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

“An audacious con job, scintillating future technology, and meditations on the nature of fractured humanity” – Yoon Ha Lee on The Quantum Magician

“Technology changes us—even our bodies—in fundamental ways, and Künsken handles this wonderfully” – Cixin Liu on The Quantum Magician

“Künsken has a wonderfully ingenious imagination.” – Adam Roberts, Locus

20th Aug 2020
608 pages

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