Some stories have won awards (including Hao Jingfang’s Hugo-winning novella, Folding Beijing); some have been included in various ‘Year’s Best’ anthologies; some have been well reviewed by critics and readers; and some are simply Ken’s personal favorites. Many of the authors collected here (with the obvious exception of New York Times bestseller Liu Cixin’s two stories) belong to the younger generation of ‘rising stars’. In addition, three essays at the end of the book explore Chinese science fiction. Liu Cixin’s essay, The Worst of All Possible Universes and The Best of All Possible Earths, gives a historical overview of SF in China and situates his own rise to prominence as the premier Chinese author within that context. Chen Qiufan‘s The Torn Generation gives the view of a younger generation of authors trying to come to terms with the tumultuous transformations around them. Finally, Xia Jia, who holds the first Ph.D. issued for the study of Chinese SF, asks What Makes Chinese Science Fiction Chinese?
Table of Contents
- 1 Invisible Planets
- 2 Invisible Planets – Award-winning translator and author Ken Liu presents a collection of short speculative fiction from China.
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- 2.0.3 People who are strangers to liquor are incapable of talking about literature. Mo Yan
- 2.0.4 China’s censorship is not as rigorous as everyone thinks. The self-censorship of the authors is much worse. Yan Lianke
- 2.0.5 The Digital Ancient – Tech Art Salon
- 2.0.6 Google to move the production of most of its American-bound hardware out of China
- 2.0.7 Chinese Pictures by Isabella Bird
- 2.0.8 Interview with Margaret Sun: Betwixt & Between
- 2.0.9 People who are strangers to liquor are incapable of talking about literature. Mo Yan
- 2.0.10 China’s censorship is not as rigorous as everyone thinks. The self-censorship of the authors is much worse. Yan Lianke
- 2.0.11 The Digital Ancient – Tech Art Salon
- 2.0.12 Interview with Zhang Bo and Zhang Chong, directors of “The Fourth...
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