Mimi se ahoga en la basura del planeta. Trabaja en la Isla de Silicio, lugar donde se reciclan los teléfonos móviles, los portátiles, los robots y los miembros biónicos, todo acumulado en pilas enormes que contaminan cada centímetro de la tierra. La isla, situada cerca de la costa de China, es la tóxica necrópolis del capitalismo ...more
The style was interesting, using a bit of overlapping time sequencing, and had an almost literary quality to it. In some parts it seemed to take on an almost magical realism ...more
TW about the book: violence, abuse, torture, death
If you’re craving hardcore-classic-William-Gibson-Style-Cyberpunk, read “Waste Tide”.
If you’re a fan of environmental literature, folk culture and religion, social class in China and international ...more
Thank you to Ken Liu for the superb translation, and to Head Of Zeus for the free review copy.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect going into this novel. I don't have much experience reading Chinese sci-fi or, sadly, Eastern fiction in general, so the setting of the story was already somewhat foriegn to me, even before the divide of futurism.
I thoroughly enjoy "cyberpunk" as a genre, but this novel ...more
The setting (and people) the events took place in was familiar yet alien at once. it in-cooperated the traditional and existing culture of the people/area with one of a plausible and possible future. The ideas put forth were int ...more
What I will complain about is the way Americans are seen about this. Sure, ...more
PRECEDE WITH: “The Flower of Shazui” (short story set in same universe)
FOLLOW WITH: The Man with the Compound Eyes, Wu Ming-Yi.
Recently I had the opportunity to watch the film Plastic China, a documentary following workers and their families employed in garbage recycling in a small town in rural China. This is the world Chen Qiufan explores in his first novel, origi ...more
The book has some cool ideas for a near-future sci-fi - especially the digital drugs! - but it is terribly executed. The characters simply aren't interesting and the plot is almost non-existent. Most of the book consists of excessive exposition and way too much hand-holding, as if the reader is not intelligent enough to remember what they have read earlier in the book.
It doesn't hold a candle to The Three Body Problem series (more Chinese SF translated by Ken Liu), but not much does.
Waste Tide is one of those books with concepts cool enough to carry you through to the end, but with a story that's a bit lacking. If you're really into SF and/or interested in what seems to be the recent boom of Chinese SF, Waste Tide is worth your time.
I love technology, but this book gave me the creeps. I hope this isn't one of those books that is self predicting.
Love Mimi, she just put herself out there and tried to make the world a better place for EVERYONE....
On the positive side, it was a v ...more
I first heard of Chen Qiufan through a few of his short stories published in Ken Liu's Chinese SF anthology Invisible Planets. While his stories weren't my favorite in the collection, this novel and accompanying translation have been generating enough buzz that I wanted to give it a shot.
In broad strokes, the book reminded me both of The Windup Girl and Blackfish City due to the environmentalist themes, dystopian setting, and very vivid descriptions of local food.
The plot elements were gripping and Chen Qiufan is able to quicklyGirl and Blackfishof The/>In ...more
There are moments in the text where it feels like momentum is being built, but i ...more
He is a graduate of Peking University and published his first short story in 1997 in Science Fiction World, China's largest science fiction magazine. Since 2004, he has published over 30 stories in Science Fiction World, Esquire ...more