Invisible Planets

Invisible Planets

Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation

Book - 2016
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"Readers at Tor and around the SF world have recently become familiar with Ken Liu and his Chinese translation work via the bestselling and award nominated novel The Three-Body Problem , by acclaimed Chinese author Cixin Liu. Readers who have developed a taste and excitement for Chinese SF by these means will be excited to hear that Ken Liu, the translator of that volume is assembling, translating, and editing an anthology of Chinese science fiction short stories.The thirteen stories in this collection are a strong and diverse representation of Chinese science fiction, including two by Liu Cixin. Some have won awards in translation, some have garnered serious 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."--Syndetics.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2016.
New York : Tor, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765384195
Characteristics: 383 pages ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Liu, Ken 1976-


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Sep 08, 2020

Not an easy read, but definitely worth it. There are several stories that I know I will hold on to for a long time.

Jul 30, 2020

The stories themselves are excellent -- and varied. If you haven't read The Three Body Problem yet and want a taste of what it's about, The Circle by Liu Cixin will give you a lot to chew on. My favorites were Folding Beijing and Silent City. Both deal with authoritarianism, though with vastly different outcomes.

The three essays at the end highlight what was inescapable for me as I was reading it: these stories are really good science fiction, but don't strain yourself trying to find the theme or themes that makes them uniquely "Chinese". If anything, stories about modernism, technology, and "progress" gone haywire were applicable to modern American life, and we're better served seeing this collection as a marker of our shared era, not its country of origin.

Nov 13, 2019

I liked many of the stories, but I think I found the three by Xia Jia the most outstanding. I agree that she is as elegant a writer of fiction as Ken Liu says she is.

Apr 04, 2017

Short stories are always great for poolside / vacation consumption and Invisible Planets is no exception. While it may not give you a full picture of what Chinese fiction is (how could it when so many authors have such diverse ideas - and across such a large country?) it does give you a sense of the ideas, culture and vision that many may have. Many of the stories are excellent and I'm finding that I am now looking up some of the authors to follow up-read their full-length novels. If you like science fiction, you like opening your mind to new things - I urge you to open a bit further and explore the Invisible Planets!


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