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The Hidden Girl and Other Stories
04 Feb 2021 * PAPERBACK * £8.99 * 9781838932060

Ken Liu's second collection of speculative fiction bestrides worlds real and ethereal.

Fiction / FL (Science Fiction)
Extent: 480 pages  Format: 198 x 129 mm
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Broken Stars
Waste Tide
The Paper Menagerie
Vagabonds
Invisible Planets
The Redemption of Time
The Redemption of Time
The Grace of Kings
The Wall of Storms
The Wall of Storms
The Veiled Throne
Speaking Bones
The Three-Body Problem Trilogy
The Three-Body Problem
The Three-Body Problem
Death's End
Death's End
Also by Ken Liu
The Hidden Girl and Other Storiesby Ken Liu

From the title story's fantastical inter-dimensional assassins to the steampunk dystopia of "Grey Rabbit, Crimson Mare, Coal Leopard" burrowing through the ruins of a civilisation destroyed by a plague, from Black Mirror-esque tales of blockchain cryptography ("Byzantine Empathy") and Internet trolling ("Thoughts and Prayers") to a three-story hard-SF arc about artificial intelligence and the singularity ("The Gods Will Not Be Chained", "The Gods Will Not Be Slain" and "The Gods Have Not Died In Vain"), here are 17 interlinking visions that explore what it is to be human, and what it is like to abandon or transcend that. This collection confirms Ken Liu, author of the astonishing and multi-award winning The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, as one of speculative fiction's greatest short story writers.

Contents include:
Ghost Days, Maxwell's Demon,The Reborn, Thoughts and Prayers, Byzantine Empathy, The Gods Will Not Be Chained, Staying Behind, Real Artists, The Gods Will Not Be Slain, Altogether Elsewhere Vast Herds of Reindeer, The Gods Have Not Died in Vain, Memories of My Mother, Dispatches from the Cradle: The Hermit – Forty-Eight Hours in the Sea of Massachusetts, Grey Rabbit, Crimson Mare, Coal Leopard, A Chase Beyond the Storms (an excerpt from The Veiled Throne, Book 3 of the Dandelion Dynasty), The Hidden Girl, Seven Birthdays, The Message, Cutting.

Ken Liu is the author of the epic fantasy series The Dandelion Dynasty, as well as short story collections The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories and The Hidden Girl and Other Stories. He has won the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and other top genre awards around the world for his fiction. A programmer and lawyer, he speaks and consults on futurism, technology history, and sustainable storytelling. www.kenliu.name
@kyliu99

Multi-award-winning author: Hugo (twice), Nebula & World Fantasy Awards.

Ken Liu is translator of the Hugo-award-winning Three-Body Problem.

AMC has ordered a primetime animated series, Pantheon, based on the stories in The Hidden Girl.

MARKET: Jeff Vandemeer; Philip K. Dick; Cixin Liu; Ted Chiang; Charlie Brooker.


'The king of speculative short stories delivers his most exquisite miniatures and a brand new novella' Waterstones Weekly

'In his cyberpunk-tinged visions, our homes are so often on fire – but the flames illuminate our difficult present in unexpected ways. A hugely accomplished collection' SFX

Ken Liu's latest twist-filled sci-fi and fantasy anthology emphasises family and shared humanity... The 17 stories of The Hidden Girl come out amid high expectations. Liu not only meets these with equanimity, but also sends his stories jetting off into new dimensions' Straits Times

'With its themes of assimilation and breaking free, of colonial and other yokes, the immigrant experience feels familiar, yet strange, in the hands of Lanzhou-born, US-based Liu, a master also at translating Chinese science fiction. His ideas about different worlds will transport you' South China Morning Post

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