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Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation

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College graduates-turned-soldiers are recruited to kill genetically modified rats. A woman finds salvation and freedom thanks to a curious ruse. Unfamiliar planets and cultures dazzle a young listener. Different classes are separated by a transforming city. Gods come to Earth in the form of aliens seeking retirement and care.

Invisible Planets presents a sampling of top efforts from Chinese authors, many available to American readers for the first time. And it’s an eye-opening collection to be sure.

Honestly, the more fantasy-tinged stories outshine the sci-fi, drawing from the rich history and mythology of China to create some wonderful tales about dragon-horses and ghost cities. Although the science fiction stories offer fascinating glimpses into the present and future of another culture — including some very poignant social commentary, a hallmark of strong, serious science fiction — they don’t deliver the same pop and engagement as the more fantastic tales do.

Concluding with a few nonfiction pieces about the influence and role of science fiction in China — pieces that might’ve made more impact at the start of the collection — this is a marvelous introduction to a brand new world of sci-fi for many readers.

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Author:
Ken Liu
Page Count:
384 pages
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Publisher:
Tor Books
Publish Date:
2016-Nov-01
ISBN:
9780765384195
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Issue:
April 2017
Category:
Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Book Author

Ken Liu

Publisher

Tor Books

Issue

April 2017

ASIN

0765384191

ISBN

9780765384195

Kindle ASIN

B01E3PFTXK

Page Count

384 pages

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Publication Date

2016-Nov-01

“Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation”

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