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...
  • Ben
    Mar 17, 2019
    A wider range of styles and writing than the prior volume which probably makes for a better sense of the possibilities of Chinese sci-fi. But it also means the quality feels a bit more variable and has some more silly entries that I didn't care for (one about an ancient king becoming a...
  • 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! ...
  • Misha
    Mar 20, 2019
    It's great to have anothe collection of Chinese SF in translation. We generally don't read enough lit-in- translation in English and SF would seem to be the perfect fit: we're already trying out a different world-view. This anthology will only make you eager for more and I hope we get ...
  • Lillian
    Mar 08, 2019
    BROKEN STARS is a collection of science fiction short stories from China superbly curated and masterfully translated by Ken Liu. There is some extraordinary science fiction being written in China right now (I'm talking to you Liu Cixin) and we are fortunate Mr. Ken Liu has devoted his ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Derek Simon
    Mar 13, 2019
    After reading Invisible Planets, I was looking forward to delving more into Chinese SF. Unfortunately, this is a disappointing follow up. Many of the stories seem to be lacking in execution. Some are little more than essays on technology that are hardly fictional at all. And quite a fe...
  • 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...
  • Whitney
    Apr 01, 2019
    As with most collections of short stories, it was a mixed bag. Some of the stories were really good. Some didn't make any sense (unless you're really, really well versed in Chinese history). One of them was memorable but not even a little bit sci-fi. Overall, I'm glad to have had th...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Keith
    Apr 23, 2019
    Author and translator Ken Liu brings us this second anthology of contemporary Chinese Science Fiction. It includes award winning Hugo Award winning authors like Liu Cixin and Hao Jingfang. It also includes other favorite stories selected by Ken Liu to illustrate the current range of sc...
  • 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 ...
  • P. K.  Torrens
    Apr 07, 2019
    Very good anthology with interesting perspectives on the past and future. ...
  • 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...
  • Kara
    Apr 02, 2019
    I'm not that familiar with Chinese speculative fiction, but this collection ? compiled, edited, and often translated by Ken Liu, whose short fiction I love ? was an excellent introduction. I enjoyed some short stories more than others, as is to be expected with any collection, but ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tim McKay
    Mar 01, 2019
    Waited and waited for the release of this book, very disappointed in the content. The first 3 stories are great as well as Reflections but most are just current prattle - sounding cool and up to date with superficial content and poorly executed themes. ...
  • Charuby
    Mar 29, 2019
    A good introduction into the world of sci-fi, even if some of the stories were much less accessible than others. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Kirill Blokker
    Mar 20, 2019
    My first science fiction book ever. Loved some stories, didn't like other stories all that much. Maybe too little experience with the genre for a good review. Favorite stories by far: What has passed shall in kinder light appear - Baoshu & the Snow of Jinyang - Zhang Ran. ...
  • 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...
  • Rob Caswell
    Mar 05, 2019
    I enjoyed the collection and getting a taste for what?s going in the broader Chinese literary SF scene, but for my tastes (and maybe ?Western Tastes? on the whole) Liu Cixin?s contribution still came out head and shoulders above any others. The book concludes with three (transl...
  • 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...