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Invisible Planets

Invisible Planets

Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation

Ken Liu, ed.

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Science fiction readers the world over have recently become familiar with Ken Liu’s Chinese translation work via The Three-Body Problem, the bestselling and Hugo award-winning novel by acclaimed Chinese author Cixin Liu. Ken Liu has now assembled, translated, andedited an anthology of Chinese science fiction stories, the most comprehensive collection yet available in the English language, sure to thrill and gratify readers developing a taste and excitement for Chinese SF.

The thirteen stories in this collection, including two by Cixin Liu and the Hugoand 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 roundout 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.

Locus Awards - Nominee


INTRODUCTION: CHINA DREAMS


by Ken Liu


 


This anthology collects a selection of short speculative fiction from China that I’ve translated over the years into one volume. Some have...

Praise for Invisible Planets

"Vibrant collection... these are tales rich with lush language, inventive premises, and heartbreaking storytelling." —Mary Robinette Kowal

"These stories, along with the rest of the anthology, represent the best in both science fiction and works in translation, detailing situations that appear alien on the surface but deftly reframe contemporary issues to give readers a new view of familiar human experiences.A phenomenal anthology of short speculative fiction." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Greatly varied in theme and approach, all of these stories impress with their visionary sweep and scope...superb compilation." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"With stories ranging over social control, world-building rats and redundant robots who have outlived the humans who made them, this is a collection that will stimulate and delight" —Daily Mail


'A wonderful collection, it's thoughtful and entertaining fiction that as a western reader opens your eyes to science fiction written by a different, rich culture. My favourite short story collection of the year" —SF Book Reviews

"Dreamlike and hypnotic, evocative and inspiring'" —The Bookbag

"There is fabulous variety in this book, ranging from hard Science Fiction to near-future social Science Fiction ... a fine collection" —SF Crowsnest

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Ken Liu, ed.

KEN LIU (editor and translator) is a writer, lawyer, and computer programmer. His short story “The Paper Menagerie” was the first work of fiction ever to sweep the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards.

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