Author: Cixin Liu
Translators: Ken Liu and Joel Martinson
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Published Nov 2022
Staff Pick! Sam says…
I know I'm a little late to this but, wow. First contact writing like you've never read before. Starting during the cultural revolution and ending tens of thousands of years into the future Liu manages to blend game theory, string theory, quantum theory and just about every theory you can think of at the forefront of theoretical physical and social anthropology. Being so used to reading science theory that's underpinned by Western imperialism and manifest destiny, this was a breath of fresh air. And the fact that it has made it to us in translation suggests that it is, at least to some extent, state approved, so it's also a fascinating insight into how China wants its past present and possible future to be seen. Perfect escapism for the autumn… 2000 pages of it!