Invisible Planets

Invisible Planets

Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation

Book - 2016
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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

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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