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Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation Kindle Edition
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Praise for Broken Stars
"This anthology is a must-read." ―Booklist (starred review)
"Surprising, Exciting, and engrossing" ―Tor.com
Praise for Invisible Planets
"Ken Liu’s smooth translation makes this a must-read for any who truly wish to explore bold, new perspectives." ―David Brin, bestselling author of Existence
"Vibrant collection... lush, inventive, and heartbreaking." ―Mary Robinette Kowal
"Phenomenal." ―Kirkus (starred review)
About the Author
- ASIN : B07C75GLGK
- Publisher : Tor Books (February 19, 2019)
- Publication date : February 19, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 5711 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 442 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #95,841 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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As a fellow translator of Chinese, I am also quite impressed with his translation work. Liu is himself an accomplished sci-fi author, and it shows here with smooth, flowing prose that still manages to capture many ideas that don't easily make the linguistic and cultural leap.
I would rate my favorite story in this collections as "The Snow of Jinyang" by Zhang Ran, the application of practical science and the fun dynamic between the main characters dovetailed really well into the sci-fi aspect of the story. I wish I could have this story as long as a book, it was fun to read.
I have to say my least favorite story was the namesake, "Broken Stars", but there were a handful of others such as The Robot Who Liked to Tell Tall Tales, , Submarines, and The Brain Box that were quite gripping, describing their respective worlds so well, and raising some very interesting questions about emerging technology and positing some very interesting questions within the context of sci-fi, that I could see our society wrestling with in the near future.
As an American reader I found a couple of the stories too 'quaint' or seemingly lacking actual "science" but there is definitely something here for everyone, and even in those stories I enjoyed the cultural specifics that exposed me to those viewpoints.
I tried hard but could not continue after one particularly long story that was weird and went nowhere.
Top reviews from other countries
The book holds sixteen short stories from fourteen writers - all in their way special and intriguing.
One short story, written by Liu Cixin (he is the author of the three body problem) explores the concept of time travel over the phone. Other stories revolve for example around morality, myths or friendship.
Below the overview of the short stories:
1) “Goodnight, Melancholy” by Xia Jia
2) “The Snow of Jinyang” by Zhang Ran
3) “Broken Stars” by Tang Fei
4) “Submarines” by Han Song
5) “Salinger and the Koreans” by Han Song
6) “Under a Dangling Sky” by Cheng Jingbo
7) “What Has Passed Shall in Kinder Light Appear” by Baoshu
8) “The New Year Train” by Hao Jingfang
9) “The Robot Who Liked to Tell Tall Tales” by Fei Dao
10) “Moonlight” by Liu Cixin
11) “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: Laba Porridge" by Anna Wu
12) “The First Emperor’s Games” by Ma Boyong
13) “Reflection” by Gu Shi
14) “The Brain Box” by Regina Kanyu Wang
15) “Coming of the Light” by Chen Qiufan
16) “A History of Future Illnesses” by Chen Qiufan
Additionally there are three essays which are exploring the origin and rise of Chinese Sci-fi.
This book contained 16 short stories and 2 essays. These 16 stories created different environment in reader's mind. They are basically stories with sublime science fiction. After reading numerous Chinese science fiction I realized family, bonding, love, friendship are most preserved item in Chinese science fiction, science and fiction are always later.
One of the story is about artificial intelligence, but I am sure any reader will get out of the mind experience in the over written subject, and after reading you have started to think. One of the story is alternate history. Haver you ever thought if all devastating war will come not in the order of history then the death count will decrease or increase or we suffered more or less. This story will change the concept of time and history.
Some story about alien or some on space journey, but always love and bonding predominate. Some two pages long and some is so long you can tell it is novella.'
One problem we are facing that we did not know Chinese history, which block me to extract more fun out of the story. If we know Chinese culture and history then we can correlate and enjoy even more. But after reading this books definitely perception of science fiction will change forever.
Ma il racconto che mi ha colpito di più è il notevole tour de force ottenuto da Bao Shu (un altro pseudonimo come Xia Jia) con lo sconvolgente What Has Passed Shall in Kinder Light Appear. Lo scritto riprende il tema della storia che scorre al contrario già usato da Leiber in un bel racconto degli anni Quaranta e da Dick in Counterclock World, ma con una sostanziale differenza: la vita dei protagonisti va avanti, è solo la storia che va indietro. Ne esce un racconto struggente e un'angosciante interrogazione sul senso della storia che si risolve comunque nella speranza portata da tutti i possibili futuri. E vi compare anche Jean Paul Sartre! Davvero bravo.
Decisamente la Cina è adesso il paese all'avanguardia della SF.
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