Invisible Planets

Invisible Planets

Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation

Book - 2016
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Award-winning translator and author Ken Liu presents a collection of short speculative fiction from China. Some stories have won awards (including Hao Jingfang's Hugo-winning novella, Folding Beijing ) ; some have been included in various 'Year's Best' anthologies; some have been well reviewed by critics and readers; and some are simply Ken's personal favorites. Many of the authors collected here (with the obvious exception of New York Times bestseller Liu Cixin 's two stories ) belong to the younger generation of 'rising stars'. In addition, three essays at the end of the book explore Chinese science fiction. Liu Cixin's essay, The Worst of All Possible Universes and The Best of All Possible Earths, gives a historical overview of SF in China and situates his own rise to prominence as the premier Chinese author within that context. Chen Qiufan's The Torn Generation gives the view of a younger generation of authors trying to come to terms with the tumultuous transformations around them. Finally, Xia Jia, who holds the first Ph.D. issued for the study of Chinese SF, asks What Makes Chinese Science Fiction Chinese?
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765384195
0765384191
Branch Call Number: FIC INVIS
Characteristics: 383 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Liu, Ken 1976-

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gaungthin
Apr 04, 2017

Short stories are always great for poolside / vacation consumption and Invisible Planets is no exception. While it may not give you a full picture of what Chinese fiction is (how could it when so many authors have such diverse ideas - and across such a large country?) it does give you a sense of the ideas, culture and vision that many may have. Many of the stories are excellent and I'm finding that I am now looking up some of the authors to follow up-read their full-length novels. If you like science fiction, you like opening your mind to new things - I urge you to open a bit further and explore the Invisible Planets!

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