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The Wandering Earth: Classic Science Fiction Collection

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  2,264 ratings  ·  257 reviews
“The Wandering Earth” is a collection of short stories by Liu Cixin, China's most acclaimed contemporary science-fiction author. Unabashedly classic in the great tradition of Asimov and Clarke, Liu Cixin's science-fiction is firmly rooted in the cosmic. “[most] literature has always left me with the impression of indulging an intense anthropocentric narcissism. […] In the ...more
Kindle Edition, 477 pages
Published May 22nd 2013 by Beijing Guomi Digital Technology (first published February 1st 2005)
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Michael Finocchiaro
Another excellent bit of beautiful and intriguing scifi from the Chinese master Cixin Liu. If you have read his trilogy, you will love this short story collection.

I just watched the 2019 release of The Wandering Earth based on the eponymous novella in this book thanks to a comment on my review of another Cixin Liu book. The short story was really short and did not leave a lasting impression on me. However, the movie stretches the story to a 2h05 length propagandistic scifi movie. Maybe that is a
Tudor Vlad
I can’t help but compare this short story collection with Ted Chiang’s Stories of Your Life and Others, which prior to reading this was my favorite science fiction short story collection. It still has my favorite short story (Story of Your Life) but while Ted Chiang had an amazing story coupled with some good and average ones, Liu Cixin had just great stories. The Wandering Earth has 11 stories and I can honestly say that the quality was consistent from start to end and all the stories were ...more
The most wonderful collection of stories ever read. It is an ode to Earth, to its beauties and history. Some are related but they can be read on their own. Very powerful, with the focus on social and environmental issues, highly actual nowadays.

The Wandering Earth - to escape from Sun explosion, Earth was put on an accelerated course to the nearest star, Proxima Centauri. As I got used by now, the author emphasize the impact and consequences of this enormous change on the survivors through the
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The eleven hard sci-fi stories in this collection are smart, thought provoking and intellectually chewy, with a healthy dose of absurdity.

The characters are just the merest of sketches, and the prose strictly functional. As a result the stories are presented almost as technological parables, with the main focus on the concepts and ideas. Stories include:

- Earth is converted to a bio-spaceship with which to transport humanity to a new star
- Aliens arrive from a bubble world, totally different
Leo Robertson
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Insanely clever and imaginative stories—and a lot of them are good fun too!

Not the title story, of course, which is bleak as hell and absolutely bonkers.

Because you think, like, "Hard science fiction", snore-fest, right? But no! Quite the opposite.

Goodreads reply guy, answering to this point in like four years: "You think hard sci fi is BORING, young man? Was it boring to Alexei Rachmaninov when he imagined the interaction of black holes that has now entered the scientific canon of how we
Brian Bakker
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Can anyone else write epics in short form like Cixin does in The Wandering Earth?

After reading the magnificent Remembrance Of Earth's Past trilogy and equally impressive Ball Lightning, I was already convinced that Cixin would be one of my favorite writers. Cixin earns that title solely based on creativity and storytelling. Throughout his catalog, the characters are barely developed and his writing style isn't anything special. His ideas, however, are second to none.

In The Wandering Earth Cixin
A breathtaking collection of wondrous science fiction stories. Full of so many jawdropping moments as ideas so brilliantly imaginative are laid before us.

Book rating : 3/5

The Wandering Earth : 3.5/5
Mountain: 3/5
Sun of China : 4/5
For the Benefit of Mankind: 2/5
Curse 5.0 : 2.5/5
The Micro-Era : 1.5/5
Devourer : 0.5/5
Taking Care of God : 0.5/5
With Her Eyes : 5/5
Cannonball : 5/5

As good as sci-fi gets for me. 11 short stories blast off with "The Wandering Earth" a wild ride as Earth is blasted out of the solar system to escape the Sun's implosion. There are questions are about man's reason for being, man's bias towards conflict, the impact on the environment, reliance on technology, religion, etc. This is a book full of questions, imagery, emotions and imagination.
ashley c
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
My thoughts of some of the stories:

Mountain - loved this one - just like Liu to think of something so creative. I won't say much here - it's best going in blind!

Sun of China - this hit close to home. Up til now most of Singapore's infrastructure is built by immigrants from China and other parts of Asia. The hard work and long hours they put in, together with their constant refrain of making enough money for their family is admirable and touching. I wish the nation would do more for them.

Florin Constantinescu
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: collections
Hands down this is the best science-fiction collection I have ever read. At least in the past ten years or so. The very accessible style (at least the English translation that I had the pleasure of reading), combined with cool original ideas is the perfect recipe. Granted, the stories hover in the same general "genre", a future Earth, with either some kind of alien invasion or a technological breakthrough threatening the planet. A personal touch that I was surprised to find and enjoyed are the ...more
James F
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wandering Earth is a collection of eleven science fiction stories by Liu Cixin, the author of the Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy. I would say that all the stories in this collection are well worth reading; they offer a representative sample of his science fiction ranging from "hard" technology-based stories to more humorous and allegorical writing.

Two of the stories, the first, title story "The Wandering Earth" and the seventh, "The Micro-Age", deal with humanity's attempts to survive a
Bryan Alexander
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
A delightful collection of imaginative science fiction.

Each story in The Wandering Earth is a cascade of ideas. Liu Cixin starts each one with a concept, which then leads to another, and then a third, and on. He's not shy about yanking a narrative sideways into another world, then circling back to the start to ring changes. Most of the stories feature embedded stories.

The stories have a large emotional range, from joy to tragedy, civilizational disaster to triumph. Generically all are
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I had a difficult time trying to think of ways to explain how Cixin Liu's collection of science fiction short stories, The Wandering Earth, affected me. But in the end, I have to say it was sheer awe at his writing ability that was the overwhelming factor in my decision to go buy more of his books. (And I have!) This was indeed the first work I'd read by him, being personally more enamored of 'softer' sci-fi. I prefer more rollicking space adventures usually, so this book of novellas was a ...more
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, short-stories
Most of these stories just felt like a collection of random, underdeveloped ideas that the author was testing out.

A lot of exposition, with characters simply explaining story concepts to each other rather than letting them develop over the course of the story. The writing was clunky.

Also, very insistently sexist. All of the female characters were described as pretty, delicate, beautiful, with soft hair and fair voices, etc. Also there was this odd element that also existed in Death's End where
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time I think I’ve read the best of Cixin Liu, he manages to impress me further? He’s the source of some of the best science fiction being written today, and this collection of short stories is an amazing introduction for a new fan, or a great way to revisit his style for an old one (like me!).

(Also- nothing but respect for a man who can mock himself to the point where he includes a parody of his own life wherein he accidentally ends up causing a digital apocalypse. I was so blindsided by
Noah Goats
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection of short stories is fantastic in every sense of the word. Liu writes stories based on big ideas and fascinating premises. The murderous evolution of a computer virus, the explorations of an alien civilization trapped in the hollow core of a planet, the return of the “gods” who seeded life on earth: these stories are packed with weird and wild science fiction goodness. They are thought provoking, inspiring, and occasionally funny.
Tim Hicks
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
(Not the Kindle edition in my case, but a trade-format paperback)

So, take some Big SF Ideas, add a dash of unlikely, shake well, and examine the consequences.

Extinction of humanity? Cool - where's the human story, let's see, aha! There it is.
Extinction of earth? Same.
Ants vs. dinosaurs. OK, skip the "human" part, where's the POV story of one character?
... and so on.

Maybe not really a five-star, but it got there on bonuses -- for fresh ideas, for attitude that suggests Jack Vance without
Stephen Wandro
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very cool to see the beginnings of ideas that ended up in the "Three Body Problem" trilogy. Liu Cixin amazes me with his ability to take the most outlandish scenarios involving the future (and past) of Earth and its technology, and turn them into totally believable situations with scientific backing. For example: the Sun is going to explode, so of course humanity would build giant rockets to move the Earth to a new star. He seems to have a weird fascination with ants and dinosaurs. I would ...more
Loved so much.

The Wandering Earth is a collection of science fiction short stories, and every one was a big hit for me. Most of the stories are around fifty pages, but I was quickly sucked into each one and reading this collection was an absolute delight. Readers familiar with Liu’s work will not be surprised by the style of these stories - the characters are often barely developed, and the plots are dominated by long conversations which serve as a vehicle to explore the scientific concepts at
isabelle ☻
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
ok so i jumped on this book right after seeing its movie trailer in china and otherwise it might've stayed on my shelf for a whileee more. i freak out about this author to my cousins every time i get the chance and seeing "liu cixin" on a screen was sufficient enough for me to make wheezing noises in the theatre. this collection was fun to read and explored earth's future in many different ways, with alien civilizations, new technology and new and fascinating ideas about the universe. there were ...more
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Wandering Earth - 5 stars
Mountain - 4 stars
Sun of China - 5 stars
For the Benefit of Mankind - 4 stars
Curse 5.0 - 4 stars
The Micro-Era - 5 stars
Devourer - 5 stars
Taking Care of God - 5 stars
With Her Eyes - 5 stars
Cannonball - 5 stars

May 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A generously fat collection of Cixin Liu's novellas. Combines astonishing and amazing physics and cosmology ideas with seriously cardboard characterisations and dialogue. Like Golden Age SF written with access to 21st century theories. Frustrating and mind-boggling in equal measures.
Adibah Nur
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another 4.5/5.0.
Okay maybe 4.8/5.0.

This is a work of Liu Cixin, and after finishing "Remembrance of Earth's Past" trilogy I'm definitely biased, so do not trust my judgment.
There are 11 short stories in this collection, and one of them has been made into a movie.
The movie is 'The Wandering Earth'.

I, LOVE, his works, for assembling his genius sci-fi imagination, his regrets and hopes for humanity, his view on history and civilisations (human/non-human forms), his stretch on the possibilities and
Sheity Williams
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm not used to reading standalone short stories. I tend to have a hard time relating to the characters and caring about their fate. I don't have enough time to get immersed in the story and when I do, the story's already over. But I guess I had yet to come across the exception when my way of thinking was this.

Utter fascination is the word I'd use to describe my opinion of this. Even if there were a couple of stories I did not like as much, the rest were true diamond treasures. Wild ideas
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cixin is apparently known for destroying everything within reach of his stories, and that shows in this collection of often depressing, sometimes enthralling, and always hard science-type science fiction from the Chinese author. There are times when his hard materialistic view does bog down the wonder inherent in the fantastic setpieces he creates, and as is often the case with short stories, it's a crapshoot whether the human race becomes a shaggy dog story in the footnotes of the galaxy or if ...more
Mindaugas Mozūras
To him, reality was just a small, remote island in a vast ocean of fantasies; but when he wanted to, he could reverse the two, making his fantasies into an island and reality into the ocean.

If you've read and liked Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy, you will enjoy this collection of eleven short stories by Liu Cixin. There are some patterns that I've started noticing, but that didn't take away from my enjoyment. As in any collection, there were some stories that I've liked more than others.

Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the book. I love the movie even more. Liu Cixin is an author of big ideas that I've fast become a fan of. The Wandering Earth feels grand, beautiful, and desolate. One can't help but feeling a bit of humankind's impermanence and meaninglessness. I highly recommend both the book and the movie.
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best collections of scifi stories I have ever read. A triumph of imagination and creativity, as well a brilliant portrayal of how humanity could be affected by the future.
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a lot of heavy nerd crap - needless to say, I love it.

Translation suffers a bit in punctuation and speech tags but I'll live.
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