Waste Tide

Chen Qiufan’s debut novel, presented for the first time in English by Tor Books (Release date: April 30, 2019).

Chen Qiufan (陈楸帆 a.k.a. Stanley Chan) is a dear friend and one of my favorite writers. I’m so glad that I got a chance to work on the translation of his first novel, Waste Tide(《荒潮》). If you are at all interested in SF or dark tech thrillers, this is a book not to be missed.

Waste Tide Cover

Praise for Waste Tide

    “Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan is something startlingly new in science fiction: a cyberpunk novel that showcases the ugly side of our technology fetishism, an action-packed story that’s full of moral complexity, and a wild ride that never runs out of surprises. This is the futuristic vision that everybody needs right now.”

    — Charlie Jane Anders

    “In a 21st Century waste land—the world’s center for electronic recycling—where the excesses of global consumption, Chinese triads, international corporations, and environmental groups collide, Chen weaves a stunning tale of greed and deftly exposes all the hidden contours of the human heart.

    — Maggie Shen King

Publisher’s Description:

    Mimi is a “waste girl.” A member of the lowest caste on Silicon Isle, located off China’s southeastern coast, and home to the world’s largest electronic waste recycling center. There, thousands of miles from home, Mimi struggles to earn a living for her family and dreams of a better life.

    Luo Jincheng is the head of one of three clans who run the island, a role passed down from his father and grandfather before him. As the government enforces tighter restrictions, Luo in turn tightens the reins on the waste workers in his employ. Ruthlessness is his means of survival.

    Scott Brandle has come to Silicon Isle representing TerraGreen Recycling, an American corporation that stands to earn ungodly sums if they can reach a deal to modernize the island’s recycling process.

    Chen Kaizong, a Chinese American, travels to Silicon Isle as Scott’s interpreter. There, Kaizong is hoping to find his heritage, but finds only more questions. The home he longs for may not exist.

    As these forces collide, a dark futuristic virus is unleashed on the island. Against the backdrop of a gritty near-future Chinese landscape, in a world of body modifications and virtual reality, a war erupts — between the rich and the poor; between ancient traditions and modern ambition; between humanity’s past and its future.