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Publisher Description

Invisible Planets, edited by multi award-winning writer Ken Liu--translator of the bestselling and Hugo Award-winning novel The Three Body Problem by acclaimed Chinese author Cixin Liu--is his second thought-provoking anthology of Chinese short speculative fiction. Invisible Planets is a groundbreaking anthology of Chinese short speculative fiction.

The thirteen stories in this collection, including two by Cixin Liu and the Hugo and Sturgeon award-nominated “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, add up to a strong and diverse representation of Chinese SF. Some have won awards, some have garnered serioius critical acclaim, some have been selected for Year’s Best anthologies, and some are simply Ken Liu’s personal favorites.

To round out the collection, there are several essays from Chinese scholars and authors, plus an illuminating introduction by Ken Liu. Anyone with an interest in international science fiction will find Invisible Planets an indispensable addition to their collection.

For more Chinese SF in translation, check out Broken Stars.

Stories:
“The Year of the Rat” by Chen Qiufan
“The Fist of Lijian” by Chen Qiufan
“The Flower of Shazui” by Chen Qiufan
“A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight” by Xia Jia
“Tongtong’s Summer” by Xia Jia
“Night Journey of the Dragon-Horse” by Xia jia
“The City of Silence” by Ma Boyong
“Invisible Planets” by Hao Jingfang
“Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang
“Call Girl” by Tang Fei
“Grave of the Fireflies” by Cheng Jingbo
“The Circle” by Liu Cixin
“Taking Care of God” by Liu Cixin

Essays:
“The Worst of All Possible Universes and the Best of All Possible Earths: Three-Body and Chinese Science Fiction” by Liu Cixin and Ken Liu
“The Torn Generation” Chinese Science Fiction in a Culture in Transition” by Chen Qiufan and Ken Liu
“What Makes Chinese Science Fiction Chinese?” by Xia Jia and Ken Liu

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

GENRE
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
RELEASED
2016
November 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
288
Pages
PUBLISHER
Tom Doherty Associates
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
4.6
MB

Customer Reviews

Prairie_Dog ,

A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction

Author and translator Ken Liu brings us this anthology which provides a survey of contemporary Chinese Science Fiction. It includes award winning authors like Liu Cixin, author of "The Three Body Problem." It also includes other favorite stories selected by Ken Liu to illustrate the current range of science fiction in China. In some cases, two stories are presented from each author. I find this is an interesting method of showing an author's range. Like many anthologies that undertake to survey a type of fiction, some stories will be more to the reader's taste than others. However, overall, I found this to be an interesting and enjoyable collection.

There are forwards which introduce each author and their work, which is very useful to western readers. In addition there are three essays in the back of the book which provide perspectives on the development of science fiction in China.

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