Update 10/9/2017: You can read my Star Wars story, “The Sith of Datawork” in From a Certain Point of View, an anthology in which 40 awesome authors show you the events of A New Hope from points of view you probably haven’t considered. I’m also writing The Legends of Luke Skywalker, which is coming this October 31. You can read more about my love for Star Wars here.

Update 8/29/2017: Levar Burton, a childhood hero of mine, narrates “The Paper Menagerie” for his podcast, Levar Burton Reads! You can go here to give it a listen.

Recent Book Releases

You can now buy my novel, The Wall of Storms (release date October 4, 2016), Book II of The Dandelion Dynasty, from your favorite book vendor.

There’s also the audio version, narrated by Michael Kramer.

The Wall of Storms cover

You can also buy my first short fiction collection, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other fine bookstores.

There’s also the audio version, narrated by Corey Brill and Joy Osmansk.

Paper Menagerie cover

I’m also the translator for Liu Cixin’s hard SF novel, The Three-Body Problem, which won the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the first translated novel to ever win that honor. It has also garnered interest from President Obama and Mark Zuckerberg. The concluding volume of the “Three Body” trilogy, Death’s End, was published on September 20, 2016.

Death's End cover

I edited and translated the first English-language collection of contemporary Chinese SFF, Invisible Planets. Kirkus gave it a starred review, describing it as “a phenomenal anthology of short speculative fiction.” The book was released on November 1, 2016

Invisible Planets cover

Other Information

My upcoming appearances.

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I enjoy giving talks in professional and academic contexts as well to fans or the public. I’ve had very positive feedback for my lectures and readings.

I accept commissions for specific projects and love to collaborate with other artists. For some examples of such projects, please see commissions & collaborations.

To contact me about reprints, adaptations, commissions, translations, questions, requests (to give talks, judge contests, hold workshops, etc.) or just to chat, please email me at ken [AT] kenliu.name.

Recent Publications

  • “Seven Birthdays,” written for Bridging Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan, has been reprinted by Tor.com (read).
  • “A Brief And Inaccurate But True Account of the Origin of Living Books,” a story written for the Tales of Our Time exhibit at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in NYC, was published on November 4, 2016 (read).
  • “Dispatches from the Cradle: The Hermit — Forty-Eight Hours in the Sea of Massachusetts” – Drowned Worlds: Tales from the Anthropocene and Beyond, edited by Jonathan Strahan, 2016.
  • “The Snow Train” – Genius Loci: the Spirit of Place, edited by Jaym Gates, June 2016.


Other News

  • For information about my upcoming events, look here.
  • 4/5/2017: The Grace of Kings is a finalist in Japan’s Seiun Awards for Best Foreign Novel; Peter Tieryas’s fantastic The United States of Japan is a fellow finalist! “Simulacrum” is a finalist in the Best Foreign Story” category.
  • 4/4/2017: Super pleased to see Death’s End by Liu Cixin (translated by me) on the 2017 Hugo ballot! Congrats to Da Liu!
  • “The Algorithms for Love” won the Ignotus Award for Best Foreign Story.
  • Hao Jingfang’s story, “Folding Beijing,” is a Hugo winner! This is only the third Hugo ever awarded to a translated work. Congrats to the other winners (N. K. Jemisin, Nnedi Okorafor, and Naomi Kritzer) and finalists (especially Bo Bolander, whose work I’ve admired for years and whose win I would have celebrated as much as Hao Jingfang’s), and Alyssa Wong, winner of the Alfie for Short Story).
  • The Grace of Kings is the winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel!