I have shiny copies of the ARC of The Grace of Kings!
And so of course I’m going to run a Goodreads giveaway for two signed copies. Thank you for your interest!
Every awards season, I do one post to recommend other people’s stories and list out my own eligible work. You can find this year’s iteration here.
It’s important for everyone to recommend stories they enjoyed; it’s the best way to make sure good work is recognized. It’s also important for writers to promote their own work; it’s the only way for others to find out what they’ve done.
From today to January 31, I’m doing a Goodreads giveaway of two copies my novel. Now, these are not the final books — rather, they’re bound copies of the uncorrected/unproofed manuscript. But it looks like a book; it reads like a book; it’s as heavy as a book.
I’ll personalize the copies and include a copy of the map I drew myself for it (very rare!).
Here’s the link to enter. Good luck!
I’ll be at Boskone (February 14) at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. My panels are listed below. If you’re going, I hope to see you there!
My first book launch (in English)!
On November 11, my translation of Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem, the first volume of a hard scifi trilogy, is officially released by Tor Books.
And Liu Cixin himself talks about the “big idea” behind the series over on John Scalzi’s blog.
And you should, because it is awesome.
Over the first weekend of November, I was in Beijing to attend the Xingyun Awards—one of the highest honors for Chinese-language science fiction. Besides honoring the best works of the past year at a gathering of writers and fans, it was also an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the release of the English edition of The Three-Body Problem. As the translator, I was invited to share in the joy. Guokr, which handled the logistics and organization, did a phenomenal job. Ji Shaoting and Yu Chunzi—basically the con runners—produced a seamless show and made me feel completely welcome.
It was an unforgettable experience.
Though I’ve literally been working with Liu Cixin on translating his scifi masterpiece for years, this was the first time I got to meet him in person. Nicknamed “Da Liu” (“Big Liu”) by his fans, Liu Cixin is a warm, unassuming man who exudes grace and wisdom. As the most prominent and popular scifi writer in China, Da Liu was mobbed by fans the entire weekend, many of them having traveled from other cities to see him. However, though Da Liu was stopped constantly as he tried to move from panel to panel and the long lines kept him far past his designated signing time, he always addressed each fan politely and tried his best to fulfill their autograph requests. When he spoke on panels, he was thoughtful and funny, and his answers were imaginative and insightful, delighting audiences who hung on his every word. Determined to nurture the Chinese science fiction community, Da Liu also devoted a great deal of energy over the weekend to support the work of younger writers (including mine).
I’d like to think all of us can aspire to such standards of behavior when we achieve success.
Besides meeting Da Liu, I had a weekend packed with amazing memories. I had the best time. The. Best. Time.
Some highlights (“some” because the full list would be way too long):
I’m very much looking forward to getting the chance to go again next year.
I went to visit Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania last month to meet the students who were turning my short story, “The Perfect Match,” into a play. It was neat to see how the actors interpreted my characters, and it gave me a chance to see these characters in a new light.
I also got a chance to visit a few classes, share meals with some students, and talk to them about a scifi future (I told them about my visions of the robot apocalypse, since you know I’m such an optimistic guy).
It was a blast. Mercersburg Academy has a beautiful campus with excellent facilities, and the students impressed me with their maturity and insightful questions about my story. We ended up chatting about notions of privacy, and whether members of the younger generation really do have different ideas about online personas and privacy than older people.
I’m grateful that my hosts, Julie and Matt Maurer, gave me this opportunity for a visit. And I’m even more grateful for the hard work the students put into this production. I hope to see a recording of the production soon.