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Publisher's Summary

Now a number one blockbuster film.

The Sun is dying. Earth will perish too, consumed by the star in its final death throes. But rather than abandon their planet, humanity builds 12,000 mountainous fusion engines to propel the Earth out of orbit and onto a centuries-long voyage to Proxima Centaurai....

Cixin Liu is one of the most important voices in world science fiction. A best seller in China, his novel The Three-Body Problem was the first translated work of science fiction ever to win the Hugo Award. Here is the first collection of his short fiction: 10 stories, including five Chinese Galaxy Award winners. 

This collection's title story, 'The Wandering Earth', is the biggest science-fiction movie ever to come out of China - taking the world's number one office ranking in February 2019. Liu's writing takes the listener to the edge of the universe and the end of time, to meet stranger fates than we could have ever imagined. With a melancholic and keen understanding of human nature, Liu's stories show humanity's attempts to reason, navigate and, above all, survive in a desolate cosmos.

©2019 Cixin Liu (P)2019 Head of Zeus

Critic Reviews

"Cixin's trilogy is SF in the grand style, a galaxy-spanning, ideas-rich narrative of invasion and war." (Guardian)

"Wildly imaginative, really interesting...The scope of it was immense." (Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States)

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  • Strayficshion
  • 02-08-2019

Another epic story arc from Cixin Liu

Another epic story arc from Cixin Liu and nothing at all like the film which I thought was a hammy, juvenile, travesty. Liu (and the special effects teams) must be weeping. As always with Liu's books, there are multiple threads, multiple characters, and multiple sub-stories within the main theme, and while it begins with the threat of Earth's demolition by the sun going nova, such that the inhabitants decide to move it out of the way, it follows so many other trails that it's often difficult to keep up. My strategy is to listen and then read; this way I can 'hear' the Chinese names and terms in my head from the narration, while also being able to watch how the themes develop and to roll around in the words in my own time. I'll come back to this when I've done that but it's a long-ish book so I may be a while!

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  • Pasi Ahonen
  • 01-12-2019

Uneven story read by a telegraph reader

The science part of the story is intriguing, but the human characters and how they relate to each other are rather poorly developed, forced, I would say.

The worst part, I am afraid, it Jeremy Domingo’s reading. He reads the text as if it was some sort of telegraph news. The reading breaks down the little flow there is in the text and becomes the more jarring the longer it goes on. Perhaps better reading would make a difference, but now it seems that the text would need further editing, it reads quite awkwardly in English at times.

The book is award winning, but this read rendition does not seem to do justice to it.

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  • Al
  • 25-08-2019

Potential epics, but not enough time to connect

felt there was some really good stories intertwined here. but as each of theses was just a scrape on the surface it didn't give enough time to really get into the depths of anything like an epic should be.
that said, Cixin shows he has a lot of ideas and material he can work with if he wants to grow these into something more.

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  • OH
  • 10-05-2020

Fantastic imagination

Many strange new things to come in the future! But eell founded on simple principles of physics which the author use. These (not too many) details lead to the big things the story and the twists are based on. Nice craftmanship in storytelling.

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  • David
  • 31-08-2019

Gripping stories.

I admit I was initially disappointed that the title story was not the whole book, but the first of many stories. However, I was quickly caught up in the storytelling. For me a triumph. It also gives the reader a different perspective on Chinese culture and thought processes. More of the same, please. I love Cixin Liu's writing style.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-06-2021

I wish some would be their own works

I more or less enjoyed every story, some more than others - probably due to personal taste. I think some of these would have been great as their own works, not just as a short story. Many stories didn't have closure, and the ultimate fate is for the listener to imagine.

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  • Molly
  • 08-06-2021

Dont bother

It was a real struggle to finish. Similar idea written far better by other authors.

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  • Richard
  • 22-05-2021

A bit dark for my taste

This is more a collection of short stories than a single one, though many of the stories seem to be from different parts of the same time line. Unfortunately they are read in random order (though this may well be the order they are in the book). There is very little warning when you switch from one story to the next, which can be a bit jarring at times.
I would say that the stories are quite well written, and although somewhat dark for my tastes, if you like darker stories (and aren't too bothered with slightly shaky laws of physics), this may well be great for you. The narrator did quite a good job, though making the transition from one story to the next a bit more distinct would have been nice!

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  • KalteStern
  • 10-01-2021

Some good ideas, clumsily executed

These stories/novellas often have interesting ideas, and Sci-Fi is nothing if not the literature of 'What if..' but several of these pieces are more like either science lectures, and clumsily written. I do not think this can be entirely blamed on translation from Chinese, but is more a matter of bad writing. There is a recurring issue of scale, as we bounce to and fro between supposed personal dialogue, engineering descriptions and historical summarizing. And even with the differences between Eastern and Western culture, the stories are fundamentally psychologically unconvincing in many ways. Having said all that, they are certainly different, and well read by the narrator. And although most of it is remarkably humourless, The Curse made me laugh out loud , and is both darkly comic and by far the best tale, whereas the title tale did not convince me at any level

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-11-2020

Awful.. Boring. Terrible narration. wish I hadn't

bad really bad upsettlingly bad bad bad bad bad bad bad....not good. waste of money. bad

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