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Book The Hidden Girl and Other Stories Description/Summary:
From award-winning author Ken Liu comes his much anticipated second volume of short stories. Ken Liu is one of the most lauded short story writers of our time. This collection includes a selection of his science fiction and fantasy stories from the last five years—sixteen of his best—plus a new novelette. In addition to these seventeen selections, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories also features an excerpt from book three in the Dandelion Dynasty series, The Veiled Throne.
Book The Hidden Girl and Other Stories Description/Summary:
“I know this is going to sound hyperbolic, but when I’m reading Ken Liu’s stories, I feel like I’m reading a once-in-a-generation talent. I’m in awe.” —Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author “Captivating.” —BuzzFeed “Extraordinary.” —The Washington Post “Brilliant.” —The Chicago Tribune With the release of The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, Ken Liu’s short fiction has resonated with a generation of readers. From stories about time-traveling assassins, to Black Mirror-esque tales of cryptocurrency and internet trolling, to heartbreaking narratives of parent-child relationships, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories is a far-reaching work that explores topical themes from the present and a visionary look at humanity’s future. This collection includes a selection of Liu’s speculative fiction stories over the past five years—seventeen of his best—plus a new novelette. In addition, it also features an excerpt from The Veiled Throne, the third book in Liu’s epic fantasy series The Dandelion Dynasty.
Book The Hidden Girl and Other Stories Description/Summary:
From award-winning author Ken Liu comes his much anticipated second volume of short stories. Ken Liu is one of the most lauded short story writers of our time. This collection includes a selection of his latest science fiction and fantasy stories over the last five years – sixteen of his best – plus a new novelette. In addition to these seventeen selections, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories also features an excerpt from book three in the Dandelion Dynasty series, The Veiled Throne.
Traces the story of Holocaust survivor Lola, who as a child hid from the Gestapo forces that killed her mother, as she lived a secret existence during which she endured hunger, cold and a constant fear of discovery.
The author relates how she was sold by poor parents into slavery and forced to endure brutal servitude in California until a neighbor's anonymous call to the police began her journey to freedom and her subsequent efforts to fight for child slaves.
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke, an illegal third child, has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm in this start to the Shadow Children series from Margaret Peterson Haddix. Luke has never been to school. He's never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend's house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend. Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He's lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family's farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside. Then, one day Luke sees a girl's face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he's met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows—does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?
How does the saying go? Just because you’re paranoid, it doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you . . . For Ruth, a new mother recovering from postpartum psychosis, every day is difficult and, after months spent hearing voices in the walls and trusting no one, she’s no longer confident in her own judgement. Neither, it seems, is anyone else. So, when she hears a scream from the local petrol station one night, she initially decides it must be her mind playing tricks again. The police, too, are polite but firm: she must stop calling them every time she thinks she hears something. And her husband is frustrated; he’d hoped Ruth was getting better at last. Ruth can’t quite let it go . . . What if there was a scream? What if it was someone in trouble? Someone who needs Ruth’s help? Exploring the dark and isolating side of motherhood, the question at the heart of Rebecca Whitney's The Hidden Girls is how much you can help someone else when you can’t trust anyone – even yourself . . .
Book The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories Description/Summary:
Featured in the Netflix series Love, Death & Robots Bestselling author Ken Liu selects his multiple award-winning stories for a groundbreaking collection—including a brand-new piece exclusive to this volume. With his debut novel, The Grace of Kings, taking the literary world by storm, Ken Liu now shares his finest short fiction in The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories. This mesmerizing collection features many of Ken’s award-winning and award-finalist stories, including: “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary” (Finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards), “Mono No Aware” (Hugo Award winner), “The Waves” (Nebula Award finalist), “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” (Nebula and Sturgeon Award finalists), “All the Flavors” (Nebula Award finalist), “The Litigation Master and the Monkey King” (Nebula Award finalist), and the most awarded story in the genre’s history, “The Paper Menagerie” (The only story to win the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards). Insightful and stunning stories that plumb the struggle against history and betrayal of relationships in pivotal moments, this collection showcases one of our greatest and original voices.
Book Dead Girls and Other Stories Description/Summary:
"A teenage runaway and her mute brother seek salvation in houses, buses, the backseats of cars. Preteen girls dial up the ghosts of fat girls on ancient payphones. A crew of bomber pilots addresses the sparks of villagers below. In ways both otherworldly and routine, the characters of Dead Girls are on the run from their own stories, possessed by the things they cannot say. With lyric artistry and emotional force, these stories dart across landscapes shaped by violence. Dead girls both real and fantastic appear again and again: as obsession, as threat, as cadavers on a table, as national myths and collective nightmares. Dead Girls won the 2017 Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize" --
Raised in the sweltering savannas of Zimbabwe, Thando leads a typical life for a middle-class African girl. She attends school and church. She loves American television shows and American music. Thando lives in a happy household with a wonderful family, and has never wanted for love. But Thando holds a dark secret in her heart. For most of her life, God has hidden away these memories, locked them inside her until the day she was strong enough to bear them again... A true story of loss and hardship, of hope and rebirth. After years of abuse at the hands of men she should have been able to trust, Thando uses her bleak history to bring hope and healing to others.
Pretending to be a normal teenage boy is hard, especially when you've been locked down in a strange man's basement for the last four years. But pretending is what Zaul must do if anyone is to believe he isn't the grey and hairless monster that he became after he rose from the dead. He must convince others that he isn't just a breath away from giving into his unholy urges, the violent compulsions to ravage women and devour human flesh. Yes, it's hard being undead, starting your first day of high school among the living. It's been 100 years since the nation recovered from a devastating zombie apocalypse, but a mutation of the virus has survived, killing infected children once they hit puberty, and bringing them back as the much feared Hybrid Reanimates. If Zaul's true nature is discovered, he'll be locked away in a containment facility forever, so he must use makeup and a wig to blend in. His erratic symptoms of Rage, Lust, and Hunger will need to be controlled by strong government drugs. And what ever he does, he must not form attachments. That's why befriending Genny, an outcast human with a secret of her own, may have been a big mistake. Now Zaul is less occupied with keeping his identity safe, and more concerned with this strange girl, what must be done to save her from a dark future, and what it means to be truly human.
The book consists of six stories 1. Sander (Novelette - 8K words) - a story about growing up in the asteroid belt and encountering a man who's a complex mixture of good and evil 2. Exceltor (Novella - 19K words) - a story considering how warfare might work in a future where wormholes allow sudden bridging of large distances in space 3. Macos (Short Story - 8K words) - a coming of age story wherein a young man finds his father is a completely different man than he had always imagined 4. Porter (Novelette - 14K words) - a young girl can open small portals from one location to another with her mind but-to her father's great disappointment-she just wants to play guitar 5. Billy Benoit (Novelette - 12K words) - a man who thinks it would be awesome to go back in time, finds out it isn't as cool as he'd hoped - not at all... 6. Guitar Girl (Short Story - 4K words) - a cover band at a beach bar invites a pretty girl with a guitar to play a set with them - having no idea who she really is...
"A Fetch is a thief, a beggar, or a dog. My name is Kyrien. I was named after a song." Kyrien has always been more than he seems. As a street rat, he was a beggar but also a prophet. As a Seeker, he was both a prisoner and the jailor. Now, as a Mage his world is even less defined. Constantly buffeted between the past and the future, Magic and reality, Kyrien must hold his sanity together for one final mission: He must stop the Storm from coming or risk becoming his destiny: The World Breaker.
What is your purpose? The Vagabond does not have one. He is a young man who loves to travel, longs for the next sunrise, and questions things not yet wondered. Above all, he follows the wind. An old man, the Storyteller, visits him. The Storyteller's purpose is to tell tales of the journey. He seeks an understudy, and it will be the Vagabond. The young man joins the old, and along the way they encounter strange characters and divine creatures, uncover ancient legends, and bring stories to life. But there is more unfolding besides their journey. The stars mysteriously fade from the sky, mists grow darker every day, a nation is at war for no reason, and a shadow beast hunts the Storyteller. The Vagabond is in the center of it, along with the purpose he is destined to fulfill.
When the world as we know it falls, the New Texas Republic rises to face the harsh realities of holding civilization together one town at a time. Such is the task before Austin Reynolds, Texas Ranger, as he rides into the community of New Hope where a shifty-eyed mayor, his alluring and beautiful assistant, and a blind prophesying preacher complicate an inevitable battle against wild northern raiders. No Kinda Life is a post-apocalyptic adventure and traditional western rolled together into a riveting short novel.
Broken Stars, edited by multi award-winning writer Ken Liu--translator of the bestselling and Hugo Award-winning novel The Three Body Problem by acclaimed Chinese author Cixin Liu-- is his second thought-provoking anthology of Chinese short speculative fiction. Some of the included authors are already familiar to readers in the West (Liu Cixin and Hao Jingfang, both Hugo winners); some are publishing in English for the first time. Because of the growing interest in newer SFF from China, virtually every story here was first published in Chinese in the 2010s. The stories span the range from short-shorts to novellas, and evoke every hue on the emotional spectrum. Besides stories firmly entrenched in subgenres familiar to Western SFF readers such as hard SF, cyberpunk, science fantasy, and space opera, the anthology also includes stories that showcase deeper ties to Chinese culture: alternate Chinese history, chuanyue time travel, satire with historical and contemporary allusions that are likely unknown to the average Western reader. While the anthology makes no claim or attempt to be "representative" or “comprehensive," it demonstrates the vibrancy and diversity of science fiction being written in China at this moment. In addition, three essays at the end of the book explore the history of Chinese science fiction publishing, the state of contemporary Chinese fandom, and how the growing interest in science fiction in China has impacted writers who had long labored in obscurity. Stories include: “Goodnight, Melancholy” by Xia Jia “The Snow of Jinyang” by Zhang Ran “Broken Stars” by Tang Fei “Submarines” by Han Song “Salinger and the Koreans” by Han Song “Under a Dangling Sky” by Cheng Jingbo “What Has Passed Shall in Kinder Light Appear” by Baoshu “The New Year Train” by Hao Jingfang “The Robot Who Liked to Tell Tall Tales” by Fei Dao “Moonlight” by Liu Cixin “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: Laba Porridge" by Anna Wu “The First Emperor’s Games” by Ma Boyong “Reflection” by Gu Shi “The Brain Box” by Regina Kanyu Wang “Coming of the Light” by Chen Qiufan “A History of Future Illnesses” by Chen Qiufan Essays: “A Brief Introduction to Chinese Science Fiction and Fandom,” by Regina Kanyu Wang, “A New Continent for China Scholars: Chinese Science Fiction Studies” by Mingwei Song “Science Fiction: Embarrassing No More” by Fei Dao For more Chinese SF in translation, check out Invisible Planets. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.