Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation

Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation

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 Broken Stars, edited by multi award-winning writer Ken Liu--translator of the bestselling and Hugo Award-winning novel Th...

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Title:Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation
Author:Ken Liu
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Genres:Short Stories
ISBN:1250297664
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:480 pages pages

Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Apr 09, 2019
    Ken Liu openly states in his introduction that these stories are selected based on his tastes. There is a variety of some known Chinese science fiction writers, and some new voices. Most of them were new to me as I'm woefully behind on books like the Three Body Problem, among others. T...
  • Peter Dunn
    Feb 21, 2019
    On first sight there seems to be an awful lot of material that puts tech or time travel, or both, into China?s past, particularly around the beginning of ancient imperial China, but on reflection is that any different from our own UK regular hankering after steampunk Victorian settin...
  • Hannah
    Sep 28, 2018
    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! ...
  • Jason Furman
    Mar 21, 2019
    Broken Stars reads like an also ran to the excellent Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation. Both are collections of Chinese science fiction edited and mostly translated by Ken Liu. Both have many of the same authors. But where there is overlap, the stor...
  • C.J. Shane
    Apr 25, 2019
    This second volume of contemporary Chinese sci-fi short stories translated by Ken Liu, Broken Stars, equals his first, Invisible Planets, in quality and diversity. Liu is an American award-winning author who has gifted us with these translations. Readers may want to start with the thre...
  • Kate
    Feb 12, 2019
    Thanks so Cixin Liu and Ken Liu, I've become a big fan of Chinese science fiction over the years, both long novels and short stories. In this anthology, Ken Liu presents (and translates) an anthology of sixteen short stories by fourteen Chinese science fiction writers, as well as three...
  • Peter Tillman
    Jul 10, 2018
    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 h...
  • Alexander Tas
    Jun 13, 2019
    Read the full review at the Quill to Live - https://thequilltolive.com/2019/06/11... I recently decided to treat myself by purchasing Broken Stars, a collection of contemporary Chinese speculative fiction curated and translated by Ken Liu. The collection had been showing up a lot o...
  • Ekmef
    Apr 24, 2019
    I?m so happy to have discovered the joy of the short story! These are really cool insights in various dilemmas, described in widely varying styles. Ehh and it?s definitely not as boring as I make it sound. I have no idea what contemporary western sci fi short stories are like, but ...
  • Clint Patterson
    Jun 24, 2019
    I love this translated collection of modern Chinese speculative fiction, and can?t wait to read the earlier book in this series. The brief prepended context Ken Liu offers for each author helped me understand the subtlety and significance in many entries without going on too long, an...
  • Pixie Dust
    Apr 09, 2019
    As is usual with short story compilations, I enjoyed the stories here to varying degrees. However, there were sufficient stories that I liked to still give the collection 4 stars. Thoroughly enjoyed: ?Moonlight? by Liu Cixin. (view spoiler)[Enjoyed this quirky story about how...
  • Zoe's Human
    Jul 04, 2019
    Exceptional in breadth and depth, this anthology is nothing short of magnificent. It contains quirky humor pieces as well as the artful sort of stories that are blatantly ignored by those who wish to brush off any genre fiction as childish or unserious. With only one tale that I dislik...
  • Amie Whittemore
    Apr 27, 2019
    I enjoyed every story in this collection! They were varied, haunting, funny, smart. If you're a speculative fic fan, I suggest you pick this up and meet some (likely) new-to-you excellent Chinese authors! ...
  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    Apr 23, 2019
    Favorite stories: "Goodnight, Melancholy" by Xia Jia (a reread for me, I enjoyed it even more the second time) "What Has Passed Shall in Kinder Light Appear" by Baoshu (it's a love story where historical events run backwards, and it made me cry) "The First Emperor's Games" by ...
  • Claudia
    Jul 11, 2019
    Great collection of stories, more in the speculative fiction range than sci-fi, all of them with original ideas and fine writing. Also, the three essays at the end are a very informative and interesting journey in the origins and history of Chinese science fiction literature. He...
  • Artemis
    Jun 27, 2019
    Really, really good. Original, dynamic and bursting with potential. I've always enjoyed Ken Liu's works - The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories mostly - and this did not disappoint. My favourite story would be What Has Passed Shall in Kinder Light Appear by Baoshu. It was longer tha...
  • Andi C Buchanan
    Jul 20, 2019
    On the whole, this collection interested me more than I enjoyed it. It pushed me outside the norms and structures I'd come to expect reading short SFF, and often left me intrigued. Many of the stories made substantial political references, references to events and figures, politicians ...
  • Anindya Phani
    Apr 06, 2019
    We the scifi reader should be always thankful to Ken liu. Without him the vast world of Chinese science fiction was remain untouched territory. He translated lots and lots of science fiction short stories, novella. After reading all of translated and written science fiction by Ken Liu ...
  • Jen
    Feb 24, 2019
    This collection of translated Chinese sci-fi features 16 short stories and 3 essays by 15 different authors. In his introduction, Ken Liu explains that he chose these stories to demonstrate a range of styles, although he does not claim to have created a "representative" or "best of" an...
  • Marilyn Shea
    Apr 13, 2019
    Anything with Ken Liu's name on it is worth reading, in my opinion. He is the author of the short story, "The Paper Menagerie," which made me stop and weep. Here, he is the editor and translator for this book of contemporary Chinese science fiction short stories. Several of them stand ...
  • Julia
    Apr 16, 2019
    Thought-provoking, just the way I like my sci-fi to be! I have to say that aside from Cixin Liu's Three-Body Problem, I don't know much about Chinese science fiction. I enjoyed this collection quite a bit (and even found myself tearing up at some of the more sentimental stories), but I...
  • The Artisan Geek
    Apr 08, 2019
    8/4/19 This book came out in February? How has it not been reviewed yet? I bought this today in the book store because I had a conversation with someone last week about Chinese literature/science fiction and how much Ken Liu has been trying hard to make it available to English speaker...
  • Adrian Hon
    Mar 05, 2019
    Several tremendously smart and funny stories in this collection, including: Submarines by Han Song What Has Passed Shall in Kinder Light Appear by Baoshu (extraordinarily good) The Robot Who Liked to Tell Tall Tales by Fei Dao (Liu compares this to Calvino, but the more obviou...
  • Dale Jones
    Apr 23, 2019
    This is a collection of short stories and novellas written by Chinese authors and translated by Ken Liu. Liu begins with an introduction talking about these stories were chosen based on personal taste. These were the stories I enjoyed. Goodnight, Melancholy by Xia Jia. This story...
  • Hagai Palevsky
    Apr 09, 2019
    However, after many years of worldly experience, I think tall tales give pleasure simply from the imagination?s leap into the infinite. It?s no different from humanity?s desire to fly. The pleasure alone is reason enough; no other explanation is needed. ...
  • Kee Onn
    May 27, 2019
    Following Invisible Planets, Broken Stars brings more short stories originating from the Chinese sci-fi universe to us. Xia Jia gets the ball rolling with "Goodnight, Melancholy" thrusting readers into a familiar world for those who read her works in the previous anthology. Memorable e...
  • Robert Ramsdell
    May 17, 2019
    This is a book of modern Chinese science fiction and fantasy, all originally written in Chinese by writers in the PRC (I believe). I read this during a recent trip to China, so it was topical. Despite the formal emphasis on, on the one hand scientific speculation and on the other hand...
  • Rachel
    Feb 11, 2019
    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 ?Go...
  • Ben Truong
    Mar 24, 2019
    Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation is the second series of anthologies of science fiction short stories in the Chinese Science Fiction in Translation series and was collected, edited, and translated by Ken Liu. The main theme of this anthology is introduc...
  • Dan Trefethen
    Mar 09, 2019
    In the beginning, science fiction was written in English. (Well, also in French, if you count Jules Verne.) That's the accepted wisdom. Of course it was being written in other languages, but translations were rare. In the late 20th century the most notable exceptions were the Polish...