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Kirsten #childlaborday #nationalpeanutbrittleday #internationalcustomsday (kmcripn) | 468 comments Recently found this blog about a CHINESE sci-fi novel:

http://torforgeblog.com/2014/11/03/fo...

The Three-Body Problem The Three-Body Problem (Three Body, #1) by Cixin Liu by Cixin Liu

Can you think of any other sci-fi books from non-US/UK countries??


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Anna Erishkigal (annaerishkigal) I read a translation of The Queen's Adept by Martinez Rodolfo which was translated from the Spanish.

El adepto de la reina by Rodolfo Martínez
El adepto de la reina

It was a strange, disturbing book about an assassin who could use a kind of nanite 'messenger' to meld other people to his will. I found it under fantasy, but the nanites and where they ultimately came from were pure science fiction.

I suspect something was lost in the translation, which you'll see from reading my review.

MY review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Overall, it was a kind of sci-fi/fantasy hybrid that I'd like to see more often, especially as the 'fantasy' had a hard sci-fi component. I think that while sci-fi as a genre has stagnated here in the USA (along with our cultural interest in pursuing scientific goals), in other countries readers are still writing and creating the science fiction and science of tomorrow.


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Ed (codetheinternet) I enjoyed "Stories of Ibis", a novel from Japan.


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"Ruins of Time" just won China's version of the Nebula. I couldn't find it on Goodreads, but it may be just the vagaries of the search engine. Anyway, here's a brief blurb from io9.


http://io9.com/this-time-warping-nove...


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Ed (codetheinternet) Anna, yes that's it. Sorry, I was on mobile at the time and couldn't link to it.


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Packi | 106 comments Not sure how famous this is, but we in Germany have this Perry Rhodan franchise. It’s running since 1961, and has some 2750 booklets attached to it.


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Edward (eddieee) | 2 comments The Hand That Takes by the late Dutch sci fi writer Paul Harland; not really "in translation", as Harland wrote the novel in English.

The Map of Time (1/3) by Félix J. Palma

And two classics that are strictly speaking not science fiction:

Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino; strictly speaking not science fiction;

War with the Newts by Karel Čapek


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Anna Erishkigal (annaerishkigal) Betsy wrote: ""Ruins of Time" just won China's version of the Nebula. I couldn't find it on Goodreads, but it may be just the vagaries of the search engine. Anyway, here's a brief blurb from io9....."

Ahhh... Groundhog Day :-)

The REAL question is ... can they beat the Stargate SG-1 time loop with Teal'c and Colonel Jack O'Neil golfing through the Stargate?


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Anna Erishkigal (annaerishkigal) Packi wrote: "Not sure how famous this is, but we in Germany have this Perry Rhodan franchise. It’s running since 1961, and has some 2750 booklets attached to it."

Wow! 2750 booklets? Even by 'serial' standards that's one heck of a franchise! Though our German friends were always way the heck ahead of us in the US with stuff that WORKS :-)


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Anna Erishkigal (annaerishkigal) Edward wrote: "The Hand That Takes by the late Dutch sci fi writer Paul Harland; not really "in translation", as Harland wrote the novel in English.

The Map of Time..."


That Map of Time one looks intriguing. H.G.Wells and a Steampunk vibe :-)


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