The best Seven Birthdays Creat Ken Liu Jonathan Strahan is a Book Ken Liu kenliume is an author of speculative fiction as well as a translator lawyer and programmer A winner o
The best Seven Birthdays Creat Ken Liu Jonathan Strahan is a Book Ken Liu kenliume is an author of speculative fiction, as well as a translator, lawyer, and programmer A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction, Asimov s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places.Ken s debut novel, The Grace of Kings 2015 , is the first volume in a silkpunk epic fantasy series, The Dandelion Dynasty It won the Locus Best First Novel Award and was a Nebula finalist He subsequently published the second volume in the series, The Wall of Storms 2016 as well as a collection of short stories, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories 2016 He also wrote the Star Wars novel, The Legends of Luke Skywalker 2017.In addition to his original fiction, Ken also translated numerous literary and genre works from Chinese to English His translation of The Three Body Problem, by Liu Cixin, won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015, the first translated novel ever to receive that honor He also translated the third volume in Liu Cixin s series, Death s End 2016 and edited the first English language anthology of contemporary Chinese science fiction, Invisible Planets 2016.He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.. From TOR We re pleased to reprint Ken Liu s short story Seven Birthdays from Bridging Infinity, the latest volume in the Hugo award winning Infinity Project series, showcasing all original hard science fiction stories from the leading voices in genre fiction.Sense of wonder is the lifeblood of science fiction When we encounter something on a truly staggering scale mFrom TOR We re pleased to reprint Ken Liu s short story Seven Birthdays from Bridging Infinity, the latest volume in the Hugo award winning Infinity Project series, showcasing all original hard science fiction stories from the leading voices in genre fiction.Sense of wonder is the lifeblood of science fiction When we encounter something on a truly staggering scale metal spheres wrapped around stars, planets rebuilt and repurposed, landscapes transformed, starships bigger than worlds we react viscerally Fear, reverence, admiration how else are we to react to something so grand Edited by Jonathan Strahan, Bridging Infinity puts humanity at the heart of these vast undertakings as builder, as engineer, as adventurer reimagining and rebuilding the world, the solar system, and even the entire universe.. Good Books Seven Birthdays 3.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:This science fiction story by Ken Liu follows Mia on seven birthdays throughout her (astoundingly long) life. Mia is the daughter of a distant mother, a scientist who is more concerned with global warming and trying to save the planet through geo-engineering. On her seventh birthday, Mia tries to make peace while her separated parents bicker. On her 49th birthday, Mia visits again with her somewhat senile mother, who is searching the grounds of the care facility she lives in for the seven year old version of Mia. Mia tells her mother about her job, how they are learning to scan the human mind and upload it into a computer.On Mia’s 343rd birthday, her daughter virtually visits with her. Both Mia and her daughter ― and almost all of humanity ― now exist solely as digital beings. More than three hundred billion human minds now inhabit this planet, residing in thousands of data centers that collectively take up less space than old Manhattan. The Earth has gone back to being wild, save for a few stubborn holdouts who still insist on living in the flesh in remote settlements.By the time we get to Mia’s 2,401st birthday (the number of each birthday increasing by a factor of seven), humanity is expanding outward to the stars, their lives far distant from ours, but the fundamental concerns remain the same: family, love, respect for our world and for other species. The later parts of the story didn’t connect with me emotionally in the way that the first parts did; although they’re imaginative, they also seem to be more telling than showing the story. But the final scene, in a far, far distant future, brings a satisfying sense of closure.