Broken Stars
Broken Stars, edited by multi award-winning writer Ken Liu--translator of the bestselling and Hugo Award-winning novel The Three Body Problem by acclaimed Chinese author Cixin Liu-- is his second thought-provoking anthology of Chinese short speculative fiction. Following Invisible Planets, Liu has now assembled the most comprehensive collection yet available in the English language, sure to thrill and gratify readers developing a taste and excitement for Chinese SF.Some of the included authors are already familiar to readers in the West (Liu Cixin and Hao Jingfang, both Hugo winners); some are publishing in English for the first time. Because of the growing interest in newer SFF from China, virtually every story here was first published in Chinese in the 2010s.The stories span the range from short-shorts to novellas, and evoke every hue on the emotional spectrum. Besides stories firmly entrenched in subgenres familiar to Western SFF readers such as hard SF, cyberpunk, science fantasy, and space opera, the anthology also includes stories that showcase deeper ties to Chinese culture: alternate Chinese history, chuanyue time travel, satire with historical and contemporary allusions that are likely unknown to the average Western reader. While the anthology makes no claim or attempt to be "representative" or "comprehensive," it demonstrates the vibrancy and diversity of science fiction being written in China at this moment.In addition, three essays at the end of the book explore the history of Chinese science fiction publishing, the state of contemporary Chinese fandom, and how the growing interest in science fiction in China has impacted writers who had long labored in obscurity.Stories include: "Goodnight, Melancholy" by Xia Jia "The Snow of Jinyang" by Zhang Ran "Broken Stars" by Tang Fei "Submarines" by Han Song "Salinger and the Koreans" by Han Song "Under a Dangling Sky" by Cheng Jingbo "What Has Passed Shall in Kinder Light Appear" by Baoshu"The New Year Train" by Hao Jingfang "The Robot Who Liked to Tell Tall Tales" by Fei Dao "Moonlight" by Liu Cixin "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: Laba Porridge" by Anna Wu "The First Emperor's Games" by Ma Boyong "Reflection" by Gu Shi"The Brain Box" by Regina Kanyu Wang"Coming of the Light" by Chen Qiufan "A History of Future Illnesses" by Chen QiufanEssays: "A Brief Introduction to Chinese Science Fiction and Fandom," by Regina Kanyu Wang, "A New Continent for China Scholars: Chinese Science Fiction Studies" by Mingwei Song"Science Fiction: Embarrassing No More" by Fei DaoFor more Chinese SF in translation, check out Invisible Planets.

Broken Stars Details

TitleBroken Stars
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 19th, 2019
PublisherTor Books
ISBN-139781250297662
Rating
GenreShort Stories, Science Fiction, Fiction, Anthologies, Asian Literature, Chinese Literature

Broken Stars Review

  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    Considering “Invisible Planets...” was the best SF short story anthology I’ve ever read, I NEED this book. I can’t wait for this release!
  • Peter Tillman
    January 1, 1970
    Ken Liu's comments:https://www.tor.com/2018/07/10/ken-li..."... the most important criterion I used was simply this: I enjoyed the story and thought it memorable. When wielded honestly, very few stories pass this filter. Whether you’ll like most of the stories in here will thus have a lot to do with how much your taste overlaps with mine."Expected publication: February 2019 by Tor Books.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Ken Liu mentions in his introduction for Broken Stars that he curated it by selecting stories that he enjoyed and thought were memorable. I like to think our tastes overlap quite a fair bit since there are a number of stories that really stuck out to me. Some of these Xia Jia’s “Goodnight, Melancholy”, Baoshu’s “What Has Passed Shall in Kinder Light Appear”, Tang Fei’s “Broken Stars” and Fei Dao’s “The Robot Who Liked to Tell Tall Tales”.Aside from the three essays about the history and rise of Ken Liu mentions in his introduction for Broken Stars that he curated it by selecting stories that he enjoyed and thought were memorable. I like to think our tastes overlap quite a fair bit since there are a number of stories that really stuck out to me. Some of these Xia Jia’s “Goodnight, Melancholy”, Baoshu’s “What Has Passed Shall in Kinder Light Appear”, Tang Fei’s “Broken Stars” and Fei Dao’s “The Robot Who Liked to Tell Tall Tales”.Aside from the three essays about the history and rise of Chinese SF, my copy of Broken Stars (the stunning Kinokuniya edition) also comes with a bonus essay from Hao Jingfang (known for her “Folding Beijing”). I thought the essays were interesting to read, but I have to say I find myself enjoying the stories more. Or some of them, anyway. It's interesting to learn more about Chinese SF as a whole while being treated to a collection that really shows off how wonderfully diverse it can be.
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