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!
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.
It is now possible to pre-order The Grace of Kings from Amazon! This thing is real…
(I would have posted the link to BN and other places as well, but apparently only Amazon puts up the pre-order link this early.)
At long last, the cover for The Grace of Kings can be revealed!
Sam Weber, the cover artist, did an amazing job. I think it looks gorgeous.
Publication date: 4/7/2015.
You can read about Saga’s launch titles (works by Lee Kelly, Genevieve Valentine, Zachary Brown, and me) here.