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Ken Liu

China (b.1976)

Ken Liu has won the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards and been a finalist for the Sturgeon and Locus Awards.  Ken as well as writing is also as a translator, lawyer, and programmer.

He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and daughters.

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Ken Liu recommends
The Rebirths of Tao (2014)
(Tao, book 3)
Wesley Chu
"Filled with non-stop action and brilliant asides on the history of our spies."
Black Wolves (2015)
(Black Wolves Trilogy, book 1)
Kate Elliott
"On a vast, colourful canvas, Kate Elliott has drawn dozens of characters who act and react with poetry and grit. Lush and textured, by turns moving, exciting, playful, and contemplative, Black Wolves is a masterpiece that soars with an epic soul."
United States of Japan (2016)
(United States of Japan, book 1)
Peter Tieryas
"A searing vision of the persistence of hope in the face of brutality, United States of Japan is utterly brilliant."
The Jewel and Her Lapidary (2016)
(Jewel , book 1)
Fran Wilde
"A splendid tale of courage and transformation in a world as exquisite Wilde's pose"
Runtime (2016)
S B Divya
"A thrilling romp through a gleaming cybernetic future I wish more science fiction were as exciting and relevant."
The Stars Are Legion (2017)
Kameron Hurley
"The Stars are Legion is a profoundly moving tale of self-discovery and self-construction in a world as wondrously layered as its unforgettable protagonist."
Seven Surrenders (2017)
(Terra Ignota, book 2)
Ada Palmer
"A cornucopia of dazzling, sharp ideas set in rich, wry prose that rewards rumination with layers of delight. Provocative, erudite, inventive, resplendent."
Love and Other Consolation Prizes (2017)
Jamie Ford
"Heartbreaking, wondrous, triumphant."
The Uploaded (2017)
Ferrett Steinmetz
"Featuring one of the most original magic systems ever devised and a pair of likable, layered protagonists, Flex is a fast-paced, imaginative, and emotionally engaging adventure. The developing friendships and rapport among the characters are portrayed with sensitivity and avoids cliches, and the magical battle sequences are rigorous and filled with ingenious touches that will make gamers and tax lawyers alike grin with joy."
Jade City (2017)
(Green Bone Saga, book 1)
Fonda Lee
"Stylish and action-packed, full of ambitious families and guilt-ridden loves, Jade City is an epic drama reminiscent of the best classic Hong Kong gangster films but set in a fantasy metropolis so gritty and well-imagined that you'll forget you're reading a book."
The Future of Another Timeline (2019)
Annalee Newitz
"A glorious tale of hope in the face of outrage, an anthem of timeless resistance against the powers that would lead us to our worst futures."
A Song for a New Day (2019)
Sarah Pinsker
"Woven through Pinsker’s meticulously crafted future of technology-enabled isolation and corporate-consumerist powerlessness is a stirring anthem against the politics of fear. A dazzling tale told in multiple voices, with not a single note out of place. This is the lyrical protest song that we have always needed, perhaps more so now than ever."
Eridani's Crown (2019)
Alex Shvartsman
"This epic fantasy will have you turning the pages deep into the night and move you in the manner only the grandest of tragedies can."
Burn-In (2020)
August Cole and P W Singer
"Timely, prescient, and meticulously researched, Burn-In tells a deeply humane and nuanced story about our changing relationship with AI and warns of dangers to our free society all too few have started to grapple with. This is the near-future thriller you've been looking for: a captivating story filled with moving characters as well as profound insights."
Red Noise (2020)
John P Murphy
"John Murphy is a master of tight plots and unforgettable characters."
Black Sun (2020)
(Between Earth and Sky, book 1)
Rebecca Roanhorse
"I emerged from Black Sun bleary-eyed, tongue-tied, heart-swollen. This is a brilliant world that shows the full panoply of human grace and depravity. Rebecca Roanhorse is the epic voice of our continent and time."
The Past Is Red (2021)
Catherynne M Valente
"A gorgeous, funny, melancholy, splendid romp through a post-apocalyptic wonderland in which hope and despair are indistinguishable, and the human spirit burns with the joy and rage of a thousand suns. The Candide of our #@$*%?! age."

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