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Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation

Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation

"Like a set of good poems, this collection took the top of my head off. From the titular story, "Invisible Planets" by Hao Jingfang (in dialogue with Calvino's Invisible Cities), to Chen Qiufan's fatalistic "The Year of the Rat," this whole anthology sings with different subgenres, nuances, and perspectives. Ken Liu is a meticulous translator who preserves each author's distinct voice through the cultural rough-handling inevitable when bringing a story into English. Like any good anthology, it gives you a taste, a place to dip in your hand and pull up a cold draught from the well. This well is both wide and deep. Have a sip."

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Author Ken Liu
Publisher Tor Books
Publication Date 2018-08-21
Section New Titles - Paperback / Science Fiction / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Story B.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780765384201

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.

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