The Paper Menagerie – Ken Liu

A collection of some of Ken Liu’s short stories. I first ran across Ken Liu’s work through short stories in one magazine or another. His name stuck in my mind, because the stories were astoundingly good. I kept finding more, and they just kept getting better. Plus, he was translating a lot of Chinese SF, which was great. My view of Liu as a masterful, all-capable writer was dented somewhat with his long, mainly dull…

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The Grace of Kings – Ken Liu

Dandelion Dynasty #1 Emperor Mapidere united the various countries of Dara, but his grandiose ways have sewn the seeds of rebellion. The elements for it all fall in place through chicanery and happenstance, but once the revolution has started, the tides change with every new occurrence, and power shifts unpredictably. I’m a big admirer of Ken Liu. His short fiction is extraordinary, and he’s done wonders to bring Chinese speculative fiction to an English-speaking audience.…

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