The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty #1)

The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty #1) by Ken Liu Published: Simon & Schuster (Apr 7, 2015) Original Post: Edge, Goodreads (Mar 10, 2017)     The struggle between kings and their governed takes center stage in Ken Liu’s fantasy epic, The Grace of Kings. The novel features a tense political atmosphere with ever-shifting notions of right and wrong. Unlike other fantasy novels, Grace is inspired by the Far East instead of medieval Europe. In addition to a unique setting, Grace is an epic tale with diverse characters. The Islands of Dara were once six fractured-but-equal kingdoms known as Read More …

Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #3)

Death’s End by Liu Cixin (tr. Ken Liu) Published: Tor Books (Sept 20, 2016) Posted: Cross-posted (Dec 25, 2016) [Series Spoilers! See: The Three-Body Problem (Book #1) & The Dark Forest (Book #2)]     “Better leave the rest unsaid, Beauty, darkness, vehemence Let the old sea-nurses keep Their memorials of sleep And the Greek sea’s curly head Keep its calms like tears unshed Keep its calms like tears unshed.” – L.G. Durrell Death’s End is the final novel in Liu Cixin’s Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy. It continues the epic story set in motion by The Three-Body Problem and Read More …

Invisible Planets: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese SF in Translation (11/01/2016)

Invisible Planets by Ken Liu Published: Tor Books (Nov 1, 2016) Posted: Goodreads (Oct 24, 2016)     Invisible Planets: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese SF in Translation is a collection of Chinese speculative short fiction edited and translated by Ken Liu. A master of storytelling in his own right, Liu shares 13 stellar visions of the future by 7 of China’s top science fiction writers. It also features 3 essays that examine the role of sci-fi in modern China. This collection includes stories from Chen Quifan, Xia Jia, Ma Boyong, Hao Jingfang, Tang Fei, Cheng Jingbo, and Liu Cixin. Read More …

The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1)

The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin (tr. Ken Liu) Published: Tor Books (Nov 11, 2014) Posted: Goodreads (Oct 9, 2016)     The Three-Body Problem is the first novel in a trilogy of hard sci-fi novels titled Remembrance of Earth’s Past by Lu Cixin (tr. Ken Liu). Tor’s recent release of the trilogy’s third novel, Death’s End, sparked my interest to read this series from the beginning. Simply put: this is the best Hard SF extraterrestrial story I’ve ever read. “In China, any idea that dared to take flight would only crash back to the ground. The gravity of reality Read More …