Broken stars : contemporary Chinese science fiction in translation

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Summary

LOCUS AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST ANTHOLOGY

Sixteen short stories from China's groundbreaking science fiction writers, edited and translated by award-winning author Ken Liu.

In Hugo award-winner Liu Cixin's 'Moonlight,' a man is contacted by three future versions of himself, each trying to save their world from destruction. Hao Jingfang's 'The New Year Train' sees 1,500 passengers go missing on a train that vanishes into space. In the title story by Tang Fei, a young girl is shown how the stars can reveal the future.

In addition, three essays explore the history and rise of Chinese science fiction publishing, contemporary Chinese fandom, and how the growing interest in Chinese SF has impacted writers who had long laboured in obscurity.

By turns dazzling, melancholy and thought-provoking, Broken Stars celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of SFF voices emerging from China.

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 .

Contents
Goodnight, melancholy / Xia Jia
Moonlight / Liu Cixin
Broken stars / Tang Fei
Submarines / Han Song
Salinger and the Koreans / Han Song
Under a dangling sky / Chen Jingbo
What has passed shall in kinder light appear / Baoshu
The New Year train / Hao Jingfang
The robot who liked to tell tall tales / Fei Dao
The snow of Jinyang / Zhang Ran
The restaurant at the end of the universe: Laba porridge / Anna Wu
The first emperor's games / Ma Boyong
Reflection / Gu Shi
The brain box / Regina Kanyu Wang
Coming of the light / Chen Qiufan
A history of future illnesses / Chen Qiufan. Essays. A brief introduction to Chinese science fiction and fandom / Regina Kanyu Wang
A new continent for China scholars: Chinese science fiction studies / Mingwei Song
Science fiction: embarrassing no more / Fei Dao.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Liu continues to anthologize the best of the Chinese sf scene (after Invisible Planets, 2016), showcasing a diverse array of styles. Some stories are relatively straightforward sf narratives, such as Baoshu's "What Shall in a Kinder Light Appear," in which one man lives a reverse time line of China's history, while others are experimental pieces like Regina Kanyu Wang's "Brain Box," in which a man experiences his beloved's last moments, thanks to a brain implant. Some stories explicitly reflect the unique cultural context; for example, Zhang Ran's "The Snow in Jinyang," set in a strangely advanced tenth-century city that plays with the tropes of chuanyue, a genre in which a modern person is thrown back into the past. Other highlights include Fei Dao's "The Robot Who Liked to Tell Tall Tales," about a robot whose quest to become the best liar leads him on a fairy tale-like space adventure, and Chen Qiufan's "A History of Future Illnesses," in which a grim future of people increasingly transformed and deformed by technology is presented through a series of case histories. Rounded out by essays on topics related to Chinese sf, this anthology is a must-read for any genre fan.--Nell Keep Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this rewarding anthology, Liu continues the objective he pursued in Invisible Planets (2016), introducing readers to 16 contemporary science fiction stories translated from the Chinese, seven for the first time. Selections range in tone from the whimsicality of Chen Qiufan's "Coming of the Light," about an advertising firm whose campaign to merge technology with religion goes awry, to the poignant drama of Xia Jia's "Goodnight, Melancholy," a meditation on what it means to be human that's inspired by AI research and the computation experiments of Alan Turing. The book's most provocative stories offer variations on the time travel theme. In Liu Cixin's "Moonlight," a scientist gets phone calls from his future self proposing solutions to contemporary environmental problems that have become apocalyptic in the future, while Baoshu's ingenious "What Has Passed Shall in Kinder Light Appear" concerns a man who lives the real historical events of China's past century backwards, and Zhang Ran's "The Snow of Jinyang" introduces a time traveler who steampunks the world of 10th-century China. Three essays on Chinese science fiction's history and development further enlighten Western readers, who will be very excited by these outstanding works. Agent: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Science fiction, Chinese -- Translations into English.
Short stories.
Science fiction.
Cyberpunk fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First edition.
Contributors Liu, Ken, 1976- translator, editor.
Language English
Notes "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Description 479 pages ; 19 cm
ISBN 9781250297662
1250297664
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