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Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation | Ken Liu
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Broken Stars, 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. Following Invisible Planets, Liu has now assembled the most comprehensive collection yet available in the English language, sure to thrill and gratify readers developing a taste and excitement for Chinese SF. Some of the included authors are already familiar to readers in the West (Liu Cixin and Hao Jingfang, both Hugo winners); some are publishing in English for the first time. Because of the growing interest in newer SFF from China, virtually every story here was first published in Chinese in the 2010s. The stories span the range from short-shorts to novellas, and evoke every hue on the emotional spectrum. Besides stories firmly entrenched in subgenres familiar to Western SFF readers such as hard SF, cyberpunk, science fantasy, and space opera, the anthology also includes stories that showcase deeper ties to Chinese culture: alternate Chinese history, chuanyue time travel, satire with historical and contemporary allusions that are likely unknown to the average Western reader. While the anthology makes no claim or attempt to be "representative" or “comprehensive," it demonstrates the vibrancy and diversity of science fiction being written in China at this moment. In addition, three essays at the end of the book explore the history of Chinese science fiction publishing, the state of contemporary Chinese fandom, and how the growing interest in science fiction in China has impacted writers who had long labored in obscurity. Stories include: “Goodnight, Melancholy” by Xia Jia “The Snow of Jinyang” by Zhang Ran “Broken Stars” by Tang Fei “Submarines” by Han Song “Salinger and the Koreans” by Han Song “Under a Dangling Sky” by Cheng Jingbo “What Has Passed Shall in Kinder Light Appear” by Baoshu “The New Year Train” by Hao Jingfang “The Robot Who Liked to Tell Tall Tales” by Fei Dao “Moonlight” by Liu Cixin “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: Laba Porridge" by Anna Wu “The First Emperor’s Games” by Ma Boyong “Reflection” by Gu Shi “The Brain Box” by Regina Kanyu Wang “Coming of the Light” by Chen Qiufan “A History of Future Illnesses” by Chen Qiufan Essays: “A Brief Introduction to Chinese Science Fiction and Fandom,” by Regina Kanyu Wang, “A New Continent for China Scholars: Chinese Science Fiction Studies” by Mingwei Song “Science Fiction: Embarrassing No More” by Fei Dao For more Chinese SF in translation, check out Invisible Planets. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Me: “No more book buying“
The Universe: Here, have some deals.
Guess who bought books?

wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 Happens to all of us! 😉 2w
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Naptime reading. Not pictured: mug of tea. 🍵

Full disclosure: this is my favorite cover and it‘s why I picked up the book in the bookstore. I‘m so glad I did.

#currentlyreading #scifi #anthology

RachelO I‘d totally buy that for the cover/title! 3mo
lauren.lerner I did and I do not regret it, @RachelO. I‘ve never read any Chinese #scifi so this has been a great introduction!! 3mo
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Sometimes, I recalled the rumors about the end of the world from my childhood. Maybe the prophecy has been true—except that perhaps the apocalypse didn‘t arrive in a single instant, but took decades or even centuries to descend...

From “What Has Passed Shall in Kinder Light Appear” by Baoshu
#currentlyreading #sff #anthology

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My boyfriend‘s wonderful family got me these books for my birthday and I‘m so so grateful, amazing goodreads wishlist stalking 😊 they‘re always way too generous but I can‘t wait to read these. They‘re all so beautiful!

kathedron My daughter gave me the Sagas of Icelanders for Christmas. (I haven't got to it yet, though.) 3mo
Crazeedi Nice! 3mo
Aimeesue Lovely! Ken Liu is SO good. “The Paper Manageriez” is one of my favorite short stories of all time. ❤️ 3mo
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RachelO How lovely! 3mo
AlaMich The Sagas of Icelanders looks intriguing, not to mention ENORMOUS! I‘ve never heard of it... 3mo
AlaMich Okay, I just looked the Icelanders up and now I feel stupid... 3mo
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