Short stories, including five Chinese Galaxy Award-winners, take you from Earth to the edge of the Universe and back again.
Cixin Liu is China's #1 SF writer and author of The Three-Body Problem - the first ever translated novel to win a Hugo Award. Prior to becoming a writer, Liu worked as an engineer in a power plant in Yangquan.
'Complex and grandiose ... this is a mind-altering and immersive
experience' Daily Mail.
'A marvellous melange of awe-inspiring scientific concepts ... exhilarating, mind-stretching' TLS.
'Top-flight SF; smart, informative and engaging' SFX.
'Liu conjures up a genuine sense of wonder' SFX.
'Absolutely fantastic ... The hardback is a thing of beauty and its translations are wonderful' For Winter Nights.
'A wonderful collection and brings Cixin Liu's own unique flavour to the genre' SF Crows Nest.
'Liu uses the exotic foreignness of alien environments to lure readers into an enchanted literary escape pod. The story's backdrop might be one of spectacular beauty or entropic devastation but the distancing effect its abnormality provides is always stirring' Big Issue.
'Short stories [...] allow an idea to be developed without getting bogged down with having to fill hundreds of pages and in this collection Cixin Liu has ably demonstrated the form ... One of the most interesting books I have read' Concatenation.
'Liu has continued to write and publish stories which share similar ideas and offer a vision for a better world through scientific fantasy' New European.
'As with other Chinese works in the genre, it is tempting to draw parallels with the Communist regime, even when the writers themselves do not - and dare not - make those analogies explicit. For Western readers, Chinese sci-fi thus offers a window into the country's hopes and fears. Especially its fears' Economist.