美籍華裔科幻小說作家、譯者Ken Liu（劉宇昆）在短篇小說選集中，譯介多篇優秀的中國當代短篇小說，當中也收錄科幻小說領域最高榮譽的雨果獎（Hugo Award）得獎作品：2015年雨果獎最佳長篇小說得主劉慈欣的〈圓〉（The Circle）與〈贍養上帝〉（Taking care of God），以及2016年最佳中短篇小說得主郝景芳的〈北京摺疊〉（Folding Beijing）。
Award-winning translator and author Ken Liu presents a collection of short speculative fiction from China. Some stories have won awards (including Hao Jingfang’s Hugo-winning novella, Folding Beijing); some have been included in various 'Year's Best' anthologies; some have been well reviewed by critics and readers; and some are simply Ken's personal favorites. Many of the authors collected here (with the obvious exception of New York Times bestseller Liu Cixin’s two stories) belong to the younger generation of 'rising stars'. In addition, three essays at the end of the book explore Chinese science fiction. Liu Cixin's essay, The Worst of All Possible Universes and The Best of All Possible Earths, gives a historical overview of SF in China and situates his own rise to prominence as the premier Chinese author within that context. Chen Qiufan's The Torn Generation gives the view of a younger generation of authors trying to come to terms with the tumultuous transformations around them. Finally, Xia Jia, who holds the first Ph.D. issued for the study of Chinese SF, asks What Makes Chinese Science Fiction Chinese?
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