Seven Birthdays

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.

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  1. 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.

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  1. 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 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 [...]


  2. This story has unique storytelling separating the timeline with birthdays of the main character, and using the number seven view spoiler and factoring it for each new chapter hide spoiler efficiently to make engaging story view spoiler I guess the lack of explanation in the story was intentional, so the heart warming climax was made sense with the help of our imagination hide spoiler


  3. Another great short story from Ken Liu Hard sci fi, with a scope extended over few hundred thousand years but also filled with emotions Marvelous read.It can be found here tor 2016 11 15 reprint


  4. The downside to some short stories is they sometimes feel like they re a bit lacking Lacking character development, lacking detail, lacking explanations, etc I consider Liu one of the kings of short stories he s written some pretty great ones which is why this is coming in at three stars It was good and I enjoyed it, but not as much as his others You can read it for free at Tor The URL is in the book details here on.



  5. Ken Lui was robbed when his Paper Menagerie collection was knocked out of the Choice Awards in the final round Don t believe me Read this free short on Tor and see how magnificent his writing is Seven Birthdays follows the life of Mia, starting when she is 7 and ending when she s well over 800,000 years old In her adulthood at least the type of adulthood we understand , she tried to defeat climate change by developing technology that allowed humans to upload themselves onto servers, allowing the [...]


  6. Seven Birthdays by Ken Liu A million or so years in the life of Mia and her Mom Ken Liu dreams big in this meticulous, breathtaking hard SF tale of the transition from organic to silicon based life 5 stars, his best story yet by far It would be difficult to over praise this story Look for it on the award ballots tor 2016 11 15 reprin More, possible SPOILERS jonathanstrahan wp


  7. really enjoying this author s work this is my third short story read of his What I like is the way he ties things together something familiar takes on a new vigor in an unusual way Here telling the story a mother daughter love from 7 years old to infinity and beyond



  8. Beautiful short story, that despite being part of an hard sci fi, it also has interesting character development, and very touching moments.It is the story of the life of Mia, from her toddler years forward, told as 7 time snapshots taken during 7 of her birthdays It reminded me of another short story by the same author, Memories of My Mother.



  9. Editado por Jonathan Strahan y publicado en Tor nos cuenta una historia de ciencia ficci n que sigue a Mia en siete cumplea os a lo largo de toda su vida Una vida muy longeva gracias a una futura existencia digital de los seres humanos La Tierra ha vuelto a ser un paraje salvaje salvo ciertos humanos que se resisten a abandonarla Una completa descripci n sobre la evoluci n humana y la transformaci n de las civilizaciones, sus ansias de expansi n y consumo de recursos Una primera parte dedicada a [...]


  10. Extremely good, but just enough problems to prevent it pushing through to that 5 star rating It never quite flowed the way I wanted it to, the unreliable narrator was just a little bit too unreliable, there were enough technical terms that I had to keep a dictionary handy but except for everything wrong with it, a great little story.



  11. Absolutely stunning work by Ken Liu This was my first time reading his work and it left me searching for He seamlessly blends science fiction with literary, character transparent emotionally mature components I literally sat with my mouth open after reading this I should give you a coherent review, but you should just read it Modernity hasn t produced an abundance of great literature, this is an example of how it should be done Liu is truly exceptional.


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