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Cixin Liu is China's bestselling science fiction author and one of the most important voices in world SF. His novel, The Three-Body Problem, was the first translated work of SF ever to win the Hugo Award.

Here is the first collection of his short fiction: eleven stories, including five Chinese Galaxy Award-winners, form a blazingly original ode to planet earth, its pasts an
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Paperback, 447 pages
Published October 5th 2017 by Head of Zeus
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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.
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 memo ...more
Claudia
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 e
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Marchpane
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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 f
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Brian Bakker
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Ghaid Althobaity
Book rating : 3/5
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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

Kate
A breathtaking collection of wondrous science fiction stories. Full of so many jawdropping moments as ideas so brilliantly imaginative are laid before us.

Calzean
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
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.

The Wage
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Sina
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
wow just wow
James F
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 co
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Bryan Alexander
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 recogniza
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Chris
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 depar ...more
Xavi
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bufff...Genial. Me faltan estrellas.Esuna recopilación imprescindible para cualquier amante de la ciencia ficción. Tiene de todo: viajes espaciales, grandes estructuras, contacto con otras especies inteligentes ... ciencia ficción especulativa a la máxima expresión. Y la relación calidad/precio del producto es inmejorable.
Mas aquí: http://dreamsofelvex.blogspot.com.es/...
Miquel Codony
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pesar de ser desigual... Wow
Katie
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
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Tim Hicks
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rea
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Stephen Wandro
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 absol ...more
isabelle ☼
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-july
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
DomoKete
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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

Nils
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Äußerst intelligente Kurzgeschichten. Aufgefallen ist mir allerdings die doch meist recht ähnliche Grundidee: Aliens kommen uns besuchen und alles wird anders (meistens schlechter).
James
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.
Powerschnute
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
1. Die wandernde Erde (41 Seiten)

Wissenschaftler sagen voraus, dass die Sonne in das Stadium eines Roten Riesen übergehen wird. Die Menschheit setzt daraufhin alle Hebel in Bewegung, um die Erde von der Sonne wegzutransportieren. Zuerst halten sie die Erde an. Danach manövrieren sie sie auf eine Laufbahn um die Sonne, um die Erde stark genug zu beschleunigen, um der Anziehungskraft der Sonne entfliehen und unser Sonnensystem verlassen zu können. Beschrieben wird alles aus Sicht eines nicht näher
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Blind_guardian
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elchamaco
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una pena que no haya más estrellas para darle. Todos los relatos son fantásticos, algunos de ellos darían para largas sagas. Liu Cixin dota a todas sus historias de un gran humanismo mezclado con ciencia ficción, diría que al 50 % de cada cosa. Hay varios relatos que luego continuan o se entrelazan, como Taking Care of Gods y The Wages of humanity (por cierto el orden en el libro está mal y viene primero el que por orden cronológico va después), o los dos últimos relatos (estos si van en orden) ...more
Damian Neri
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Uno de los mayores despliegues de imaginación y maravilla que he leído. La mayoría de los relatos de este libro son simplemente magistrales, llenos de escenarios de devastación y esperanza que me han conmovido como pocas otras historias.
Jane Halliday
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 develo
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Gumbo Ya-ya
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liu Cixin has rapidly become one of my favourite authors, something that this collection has helped to cement. It contains many of the same qualities as his 3-Body trilogy and explores some of the same themes. The sense of wonder, the plumbing of grand ideas, and the existential dread are there (though the last is greatly reduced in this volume compared to The Dark Forest and Death's End); added to these is strong sense of playfulness, an homage to science fiction of a more innocent (and, frankl ...more
Kee Onn
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Liu Cixin's wild imagination takes us on a thrilling sci-fi ride of exploration, aliens and speculation. The titular short story, "Wandering Earth" chronicles the transformation of planet Earth into an interstellar spaceship, with "The Micro-era" describing a possible mankind homecoming scenario. "Mountain", "For the Benefit of Mankind", "Devourer" and "Taking Care of Gods" features the classical encounter with extraterrestrials, with astute insights on the human condition and revealing plot twi ...more
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