I’m very grateful to everyone who helped me along my journey.
I can’t name all the writers and readers who have supported me and critiqued my work over the years. But know that you’re in my heart. There’s a little bit of all of you in these pages. We’re defined by the marks we leave in other people’s stories.
At Saga Press, my publisher, many individuals collaborated to bring this book to life. Among them are Jeannie Ng, for catching all those errors in the manuscript; Michael McCartney, for the lovely cover design; Mingmei Yip, for accommodating unorthodox requests for calligraphy; Elena Stokes, Katy Hershberger, and Aubrey Churchward, for the thoughtful publicity campaign.
I’m especially thankful to Joe Monti, my editor, who championed and shaped this book with his good judgment (and saved me from myself); Russ Galen, my agent, who saw the possibilities in these stories; and most of all, to Lisa, Esther, and Miranda, for the millions of ways in which they make the story of my life complete and meaningful.
And now, some links (updated throughout the week):
I’ve been doing a few interviews in connection with the book:
- Michael Berry did a profile of me for the Boston Globe: “Parallel universes: Ken Liu’s output is as amazing as his stories”
- Stephany Bai interviewed me for NBC News: “Award-Winning Sci-Fi Writer Ken Liu On Labels, Authenticity, and Juggling Two Careers”
- Andrew Liptak interviewed me for io9 to discuss how I picked the stories for the collection.
- Dario Ciriello, who published “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary,” interviewed me to discuss why I write.
- Derek Kunsken interviewed me for Black Gate to discuss the collection in detail.
- Ilana Teitelbaum interviewed me for the Huffington Post to talk about small miracles and epic battles.
- Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont of Sword and Laser chatted with me about why you should use “.name” and what “silkpunk” is really about.
People have been saying nice things about the collection, so I’m gathering some links below. (I don’t look for reviews, so these are just the links people have sent me):
- Library Journal: “These remarkable stories highlight Liu’s themes of family, love, and politics and gathered in one collection pack an even bigger punch. Those who revere shorter speculative works will definitely want this book.”
- Publishers Weekly: “Gracefully written and often profoundly moving, these stories are high-water marks of contemporary speculative fiction.”
- Jamie Ford, NTY bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: “I know this is going to sound hyperbolic, but when I’m reading Ken Liu’s stories, I feel like I’m reading a once-in-a-generation talent. I’m in awe.”
- Andrew Liptak writing for The B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog: “[A] brilliant, substantial, yet somehow still all-too-short collection of stories and novellas… It’s bursting with stories yearning to be told to everyone, and it’s a volume that absolutely everyone should read.”
- Achala Upendran: “Savour it, sink into Liu’s words, and allow yourself to be carried away by a master storyteller.”
- Jessica writing for MuggleNet: “Liu’s talent in evoking atmosphere and culture make these tales more than stories – they’re journeys. If you’re looking to dream of another world, or reflect on our own, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.”
- Devi Bhaduri writing for The Chicago Review of Books: “A rare combination of lavish prose, characters in fascinating, unique situations, and heart-wrenching moments.”
- Brit Mandelo writing for Tor.com: “There’s a vibrancy and color to the characters that’s hard to ignore.”
- Ian White writing for Starburst Magazine: “It is a genuine work of art, a complete joy to read, and very very highly recommended.”
- Jana Nyman writing for Fantasy Literature: “…while emotionally devastating at times, is a collection that I will be re-reading for years to come, a book that I’ll lend to trusted friends and will recommend to complete strangers.”
- Justus Joseph writing for Shelf Awareness: “Emotionally unpredictable, Liu’s stories take off in unexpected directions and arrive at destinations both startling and satisfying.”
- Nisi Shawl writing for The Seattle Times: “Long after the book has been read, these telling details continue to lend their subtle heft to stories that pierce to the core of what’s right.”
- Amal El-Mohtar writing for NPR: “I have never been so moved by a collection of short fiction. I was at times afraid to read more.”
And I wrote few essays to talk about subjects that might be interesting to readers (and tangentially connected to the book):
- An essay for Tor.com discussing origami, a recurring theme in these stories: “Manipulable Geometry: The Mathematics of Paper-Folding”
- An essay for Powell’s discussing the history of books, a passion of mine: “The Grand Evolution of Books”
- An essay for Space.com discussing the differences between short stories and novels as a matter of fundamental design limitations: “Writing Sci-Fi? First Understand How Elephants Aren’t Dragonflies”