Today’s post brings another National Translation Month premiere: for the first time since we started this project, we’re featuring the science fiction genre and would like to introduce our readers to the first English-language anthology of contemporary Chinese science fiction, Invisible Planets (Tor Books, 2016). The anthology is edited and translated by Ken Liu, winner of the Hugo Award in 2015. We’re delighted to publish an excerpt—the story titled The Fish of Lijiang by Chen Qiufan, originally published in English in the August 2011 issue of Clarkesworld—as well as Ken Liu’s introduction to the book offering insightful notes on context and process.
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—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman