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Ken Liu ( is an American author of speculative fiction. He has won the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, as well as top genre honors in Japan, Spain, and France, among other places.

Ken's debut novel, The Grace of Kings, is the first volume in a silkpunk epic fantasy series, The Dandelion Dynasty, in which engineers play the role of wizards. His debut collection, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, has been published in more than a dozen languages. He also wrote the Star Wars novel, The Legends of Luke Skywalker.

He has been involved in multiple media adaptations of his work. The most recent projects include The Message, under development by 21 Laps and FilmNation Entertainment; Good Hunting, adapted as an episode

AMC Greenlights Pantheon Based on My Stories

So, I have some good news to share! AMC has ordered a primetime animated series, Pantheon, based on an interconnected series of short stories by me. Craig Silverstein and the writers have been so amazing to work with. The writers room may be one of the most fascinating storytelling innovations. AMC has given a two-season
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The Paper Menagerie and Oth...

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The Grace of Kings (The Dan...

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Storming The Magic Kingdom by John Taylor
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Insightful and provocative -- changes the way you think about digital media. Recommended for anyone who's interested in thinking about what it means to tell a story through games, VR, IF, hypertext, or any other form of digital medium.
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I blurbed this book: "A searing vision of the persistence of hope in the face of brutality, THE UNITED STATES OF JAPAN is utterly brilliant."

It's so rare to read a book that treats a great historic horror with respect and compassion while also
Ken Liu answered a question about Death's End:
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(Translator here) I can't comment on the status of the translation, and the contract forbids me from giving out draft translations. Sorry! If you're a reviewer, you should be able to contact Tor Books for a review copy.
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“Who can say if the thoughts you have in your mind as you read these words are the same thoughts I had in my mind as I typed them? We are different, you and I, and the qualia of our consciousnesses are as divergent as two stars at the ends of the universe.

And yet, whatever has been lost in translation in the long journey of my thoughts through the maze of civilization to your mind, I think you do understand me, and you think you do understand me. Our minds managed to touch, if but briefly and imperfectly.

Does that thought not make the universe seem just a bit kinder, a bit brighter, a bit warmer and more human?

We live for such miracles.”
Ken Liu, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories

“Every act of communication is a miracle of translation.”
Ken Liu, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories

“We are defined by the places we hold in the web of others’ lives.”
Ken Liu, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories


NOVEMBER FANTASY: This poll decides which two books will go on to the run off poll for November 2015's Fantasy BOTM.

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