Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation
By Ken Liu
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Pub Date 01 November 2016
Invisible Planets is an incredible collection of science fiction stories from mainland China. Each of the stories is a gem, multifaceted, beautiful and utterly unique. What you perceive depends on the angle from which you look at it. So many wondrous places and amazing characters. What all of the stories have in common is their ability to enthrall the reader and excite the imagination.
If you enjoy short science fiction, this is an anthology that you must add to your collection. You won't be disappointed by the quality and the variety of the pieces included. The opportunity to explore the perceptions of writers long unavailable to the English speaking public is an added bonus.
I received a copy of Invisible Planets from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
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