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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 â€œFolding Beijingâ€ 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 Yearâ€™s Best anthologies, and some are simply Ken Liuâ€™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.
â€œThe Year of the Ratâ€ by Chen Qiufan
â€œThe Fist of Lijianâ€ by Chen Qiufan
â€œThe Flower of Shazuiâ€ by Chen Qiufan
â€œA Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonightâ€ by Xia Jia
â€œTongtongâ€™s Summerâ€ by Xia Jia
â€œNight Journey of the Dragon-Horseâ€ by Xia jia
â€œThe City of Silenceâ€ by Ma Boyong
â€œInvisible Planetsâ€ by Hao Jingfang
â€œFolding Beijingâ€ by Hao Jingfang
â€œCall Girlâ€ by Tang Fei
â€œGrave of the Firefliesâ€ by Cheng Jingbo
â€œThe Circleâ€ by Liu Cixin
â€œTaking Care of Godâ€ by Liu Cixin
â€œThe Worst of All Possible Universes and the Best of All Possible Earths: Three-Body and Chinese Science Fictionâ€ by Liu Cixin and Ken Liu
â€œThe Torn Generationâ€ Chinese Science Fiction in a Culture in Transitionâ€ by Chen Qiufan and Ken Liu
â€œWhat Makes Chinese Science Fiction Chinese?â€ by Xia Jia and Ken Liu
About the Author
Ken Liu is an award-winning author of speculative fiction. His books include the Dandelion Dynasty series (The Grace of Kings), The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories, and the Star Wars tie-in novel, The Legends of Luke Skywalker. He frequently speaks at conferences and universities on topics like futurism, cryptocurrency, the mathematics of origami, and more. He lives near Boston with his family.
"Vibrant collection... these are tales rich with lush language, inventive premises, and heartbreaking storytelling." â€”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." â€”Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Greatly varied in theme and approach, all of these stories impress with their visionary sweep and scope...superb compilation." â€”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" â€”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" â€”SF Book Reviews
"Dreamlike and hypnotic, evocative and inspiring'" â€”The Bookbag
"There is fabulous variety in this book, ranging from hard Science Fiction to near-future social Science Fiction ... a fine collection" â€”SF Crowsnest