Today is launch day for Invisible Planets, an anthology of contemporary Chinese SF edited and translated by me. (“Contemporary” in this context means written in this century.) I’ll be gathering reviews and other publicity material here so you can judge if the book is of interest.
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Essays and Interviews
- “Meet the Man Bringing Chinese Science Fiction to the West”: Boyd Tonkin profiles me for Newsweek
- Amy Brady interviewed me for the Chicago Review of Books.
- I discuss the interpretive frameworks at play in this anthology for Tor.com.
- I talk about the role of the translator for the Tor/Forge Blog.
- James Kidd profiles me for the South China Morning Post. I don’t usually like media profiles of me, but I thought this one turned out quite good (mainly because the emphasis is on the writers I translate and their work, as it should be).
- My friend Regina Kanyu Wang wrote “A Brief Introduction to Chinese Science Fiction”, a very helpful primer on the subject. This is a great resource if you’re interested in learning more about Chinese SF and Chinese fandom.
- Publishers Weekly gives 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.
- Adam for Edge of Infinity: “…a one-stop resource for quality speculative fiction and provides plenty of insight into Chinese sci-fi. With moving stories and powerfully written prose, this anthology is outstanding. 5/5”
- Amy Brady for the Village Voice: “… a vital collection for readers of both sci-fi and literature-in-translation.”
- “The invaluable Invisible Planets introduces the world of Chinese sci-fi”: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky reviews for the A.V. Club. “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.”
- Amy Brady includes Invisible Planets in a Lit Hub roundup of “16 Books You Should Read This November”: “…each story brimming with imaginative landscapes and thought-provoking futures that pull from both Western and Chinese literary canons.”
- Starred review by Kirkus Reviews: “A phenomenal anthology of short speculative fiction.”
- Marissa Lingen’s review: “An anthology where I didn’t skim half the stories! What a treat.”
- Jonathan Crowe’s review: “There’s a there there — and it’s worth paying attention to.”
- Charlie Hopkins for Fantasy Faction: “There is plenty of impressive science fiction and fantasy but so many other genres are also touched upon that readers are bound to be swept away and will assuredly find a new author to follow.” (10 out of 10 stars)
- Ardi Alspach reviews for the Barnes & Noble SFF blog: “… a well-balanced, thoughtfully assembled collection, essential for any reader who wants to expand their understanding of the genre on a global scale.”
- Taryn at The Overly Attached Reader: “Expertly curated anthology of short speculative fiction by Chinese writers.”
- Isha Karki for Mithila Review: “a journey across time and space, traversing multiple imaginations and worlds. The stories bring you face to face with your own limitations and fears. They challenge, move and inspire.”
- Stephanie Chan at Strange Horizons: “by attempting to set aside our expectations and preconceptions—or at the very least, picking them up from time to time and examining them closely—the experience of reading Invisible Planets can offer a rich glimpse of a worldview that is only slightly asymptotic to our own.”
- Rachel Cordasco at Tor.com: “So what exactly makes these stories remarkable? I hear you asking. It’s their originality, their striking landscapes and unexpected plot twists, their lyricism and pathos.”