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Panverse Three Launch — “The Man Who Ended History”

Panverse Three, an anthology of science fiction and fantasy novellas edited by Dario Cirello, is now available for purchase. (Scroll to the end of this post for links.)

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The works featured are:

  • “Orion Rising” by Jason Stoddard
  • “Junction 5” by Gavin Salisbury
  • “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary” by Ken Liu
  • “Martyrs” by Don D’Ammassa
  • “Dust to Dust” Tochi Onyebuchi

“The Man Who Ended History” is my longest published work so far and the one of which I’m the proudest. It is dedicated to the memory of the victims of Unit 731 and Iris Chang.

The other day, I found the following quote from Stanley Kubrick that seems to capture exactly why I wrote the story:

The most terrifying fact of the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment.

However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

Hat tip: Daring Fireball.

Steven Silver, writing for Tangent, writes:

“The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary” by Ken Liu takes its format from Ted Chiang’s “Liking What You See: A Documentary.” … Eric Wei and Akemi Kirino develop a process that allows people to view historical events, although each event can only be viewed once. … As disturbing as it is, “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary” is one of the strongest stories so far this year and should see its way onto various awards ballots.

For SFWA members, there is a thread within the Nebula Awards recommendation forum for this story.

You can purchase the anthology from the following sources:

  • Panverse Publications: paperback (includes a special limited-time publisher’s discount).
  • Amazon: paperback.
  • B&N: paperback.
  • Electronic editions will be forthcoming.

Thank you for reading.