Collection: The Hidden Girl and Other Stories

My second collection is published by Saga Press in the US and Head of Zeus in the UK (Release date: February 25, 2020). Among other selections from my recent short fiction, it contains the series of interlinked short stories that forms the basis for AMC’s new series, Pantheon, as well as “Memories of My Mother,” which is the basis of the film-within-a-film of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s La Vérité (The Truth).

Order through Simon & Schuster, Head of Zeus, or your favorite retailer.

There is also an audio version narrated by Ramón de Ocampo, Cindy Kay, Michael Kramer, Emily Woo Zeller and Nancy Wu. Audiobooks are a fantastic way to experience these stories.

Here’s an excerpt from the preface:

A good story cannot function like a legal brief, which attempts to persuade and lead the reader down a narrow path suspended above the abyss of unreason. Rather, it must be more like an empty house, an open garden, a deserted beach by the ocean. The reader moves in with their own burdensome baggage and long-cherished possessions, seeds of doubt and shears of understanding, maps of human nature and baskets of sustaining faith. The reader then inhabits the story, explores its nooks and crannies, rearranges the furniture to suit their taste, covers the walls with sketches of their inner life, and thereby makes the story their home.

Unlike The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, the selection here is much more guided by my own personal taste, including some of my newest work, a never-before-published novelette, as well as an excerpt from the next Dandelion Dynasty novel.

Praise for The Hidden Girl and Other Stories

    Liu’s fantasies may be more freewheeling than his SF, but The Hidden Girl and Other Stories leaves us wanting a lot more of both.

    – Gary K. Wolfe, Locus.

    Woah man, that’s deep. Yes, let the marble that is your (non-uploaded) brain roll around in that cosmic Klein bottle as you make your way through the book.

    – Sarah Fallon writing for Wired.

    As progress continues to march forward, the posthumans of The Hidden Girl and Other Stories come to doubt their long-held assumptions about humanity concerning itself and nature and the role played between embodiment and parenthood. … [L]ike Hayles, Liu’s stories create an expansive universe teeming with human minds, where the only question that remains is what “are we to make of the posthuman[s]” we have already become?

    – Ben Berman Ghan writing for Strange Horizons

    Full table of contents

    • Preface
    • Ghost Days
    • Maxwell’s Demon
    • The Reborn
    • Thoughts and Prayers
    • Byzantine Empathy
    • The Gods Will Not Be Chained
    • Staying Behind
    • Real Artists
    • The Gods Will Not Be Slain
    • Altogether Elsewhere, Vast Herds of Reindeer
    • The Gods Have Not Died in Vain
    • Memories of My Mother
    • Dispatches from the Cradle: The Hermit—Forty-Eight Hours in the Sea of Massachusetts
    • Grey Rabbit, Crimson Mare, Coal Leopard
    • A Chase Beyond the Storms, an excerpt from The Veiled Throne, Book 3 of the Dandelion Dynasty
    • The Hidden Girl
    • Seven Birthdays
    • The Message
    • Cutting

    Interviews and Reviews