From Cixin Liu, the New York Times bestselling and Hugo award-winning author of The Three Body Problem, comes a new science fiction masterpiece.
In those days, Earth was a planet in space.
In those days, Beijing was a city on Earth.
On this night, history as known to humanity came to an end.
Eight light years away, a star has died, creating a supernova event that...more
Chinese science fiction author Cixin Liu has had a successful career in China for many years, winning China’s prestigious Galaxy Award nine times. But it wasn’t until 2014, when his 2007 novel The Three-Body Problem was first published in English, that he became well-known outside of Asia. Since then, some of his earlier novels, like Ball Lightning (originally published in China in 2004), have been translated and published in ...more
The nearby supernova going off, close enough to do more than annoy and far enough away to not just kill us all, is an awesome ...more
Supernova Era is pretty much Lord of the Flies in a different setting. Except for a couple of brilliant ideas, ones which I recognized being later developed masterfully in The Three-Body Problem, I’m sorry to say that the book was a tedious read for me.
I would have liked the ...more
Supernova Era was originally published in 2003 in Chinese, and is now being translated into English! Let me tell you that it is super obvious how much Cixin Liu loves space and technology, or at least writing about it. His descriptions are long, thoughtful, and sometimes intense!
Essentially a supernova blast occurs and the radiation is enough to eventually kill off the entire population ...more
Supernova Era is a work of speculative fiction by Liu Cixin. Cixin is a nine-time winner of the Galaxy Award (China's most prestigious literary science fiction award), winner of the 2015 Hugo Award (for The Three-Body Problem) and the 2017 Locus Award (for Death's End) as well as a nominee for the Nebula Award.
Supernova Era is an interesting work of fiction and was written shortly after the Tiananmen Square uprising. The most difficult premise of the novel is taken care of near the beginning of ...more
Now I cannot comment on the science part of this novel with relation to the Dead Star that travels to Earth that creates the supernova event, or the explanation of the event damaging the DNA of those over the age of 13. Suspension of disbelief is important to me when ...more
A very interesting thought experiment on how the world might be if a cataclysmic event wiped out almost all humanity. This event leaves just children alive. I find it hard to believe that children would think and talk the ...more
"In those days, Earth was a planet in space.
In those days, Beijing was a city on Earth.
On this night, history as known to humanity came to an end."
Supernova Era is a book from bestselling author Cixin Liu, author of award-winning The Three Bodies Problem novel. I’ve heard a lot about him and was very excited to read some of his work, although I must admit I was a bit scared of too much-complicated science in his book. But in the case of Supernova Era, it is no problem at all. There’s not much ...more
I admit I had difficulty understanding how this would work; however, the premise is the point, not how it happens. The adults have about a year, in which they are ...more
It's a translated work. The writing really shines at some parts.
He threads in philosophy of history and psychology alongside deep speculative scifi.
Would recommend this book especially to teachers, who I think will find a special connection ...more
I eagerly opened Supernova Era (2004) and found that Cixin Liu has delivered again; well, it’s actually an early book so it's really a pre-delivery again. This is a compelling tale of humanity's End Time—Mankind survives a cosmic catastrophe ...more
Cixin Liu’s newest novel Supernova Era was entertaining and unique! I was immediately pulled into this story and completely captivated by the unfolding events as the author described the Dead Star and its journey through space and time. The introductory statement- “In those days, the earth was a planet in space. In those days, Beijing was a city on Earth.” sent chills down my spine as the author sets the stage for this ...more
This work falters in that Liu calls upon the reader to suspend an unwarranted amount of disbelief to go along with his plot lines. He pays extraordinary attention to how children will ...more
I'm not going to be writing a lengthy review for this book. Unfortunately, I only got about halfway before I gave it up as a bad job. I don't think it's fair of me to write a review on a commercial site either, because I don't want to prejudice people against it if they read my singular review. So this review will only be available on Bookish First and maybe Goodreads.
Eight light-years away from Earth, a star dies. This causes Earth to be exposed to levels of radiation that are fatal ...more
Overall, I appreciated the thought experiment this turned out to be, with its own take on what might be. It's easy to overlook the huge potential inherent in children, especially ...more
I received the ARC of the English translation and enjoyed the book through chapter 8. It was an incredible thought experiment about how a world run by children would look.
But then in chapters 9 and 10, the book ...more
I thought it was a really great premise. Cixin Liu put a lot of thought into how the adults of this world would prepare their children to survive and thrive in their new world. I loved the characters and the emotions given to them. I cried as the adults said their farewells. I became angry at the children for their foolishness and ...more
As usual with translated books, the first thing; the translation. It's a strange one, this, because while the word for word translation is fine, no hang ups or odd phrases, it's still very clearly foreign, with different cultural mores.
I thought this ...more