Collection: Invisible Planets

My first anthology of contemporary short SF I translated from Chinese is from Tor Books. The book is a Locus Award Finalist in the Anthology category. (Release date: November 1, 2016)

This collection includes stories by writers already familiar to Anglophone readers like Liu Cixin (author of the Hugo-winning Three-Body Problem) as well as newer writers beloved by fans in China like Chen Qiufan, Ma Boyong, Xia Jia, Hao Jingfang (author of the Hugo-winning “Folding Beijing”), Cheng Jingbo, and Tang Fei.

This is the first English-language anthology of contemporary Chinese SF (meaning written in the 21st century). To place the works in context, I’ve written an introduction as well as solicited a few analytical essays.

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Invisible Planets cover

    This vibrant collection of short stories runs the gamut from hard fantasy to ethereal science fiction. Besides stories like the Hugo award-winning “Folding Beijing,” these are tales rich with lush language, inventive premises, and heart-breaking story-telling.

    — Mary Robinette Kowal, Hugo-winning author of Ghost Talkers

    A phenomenal anthology of short speculative fiction.

    Kirkus Reviews (a starred review)

    This stellar anthology of 13 stories selected and translated by Liu (the Dandelion Dynasty series) brings the best of Chinese science fiction to anglophones.

    Publishers Weekly (a starred review)

    It tackles its problem with intelligence, and in its diverse and often inspired selections, it makes the implicit point that the rapid growth of Chinese sci-fi in recent decades have made it both difficult to define and a microcosm of the various things that speculative fiction can be.

    — Ignatiy Vishnevetsky’s review for The A.V. Club

Full table of contents:

  • Introduction: Chinese Science Fiction in Translation
  • Chen Qiufan
    • The Year of the RatTangent recommendedLocus recommended
    • The Fish of LijiangSFF Translation Award winnerTangent recommended
    • The Flower of Shazui
  • Xia Jia
    • A Hundred Ghosts Parade TonightSFF Translation Award Honorable MentionLocus recommended
    • Tongtong’s Summer
    • Night Journey of the Dragon-Horse (previously unpublished)
  • Ma Boyong
    • The City of Silence
  • Hao Jingfang
    • Invisible PlanetsTangent recommended
    • Folding BeijingHugo winnerLocus recommended
  • Tang Fei
    • Call Girl
  • Cheng Jingbo
    • Grave of the Fireflies
  • Liu Cixin
    • The CircleTangent recommended
    • Taking Care of God
  • Essays
    • The Worst of All Possible Universes and the Best of All Possible Earths: Three-Body and Chinese Science Fiction
    • The Torn Generation: Chinese Science Fiction in a Culture in Transition
    • What Makes Chinese Science Fiction Chinese?

Buy at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or other fine retailers linked to by my publishers (Tor Books and Head of Zeus).