Broken Stars is an anthology of short stories by different Chinese writers. They are collected by Ken Liu (an awesome writer in his own right). I can’t say that I enjoyed every story as much, but there are some really innovative ones in there.
I don’t have the best mental map of Chinese history (but do know some things), so a lot of the subtle hints when using historic rulers/periods do get lost on me.
And I think I like sci-fi that plays with concepts (e.g. time) more than those that incorporate too much historic or today’s concepts.
The stories are:
- Goodnight, Melancholy (Turing is featured heavily, makes me think of Machines Like Me)
- Broken Stars
- Salinger and the Koreans
- Under a Dangling Sky
- What Has Passed Shall in Kinder Light Appear (heavy, good)
- The New Year Train (good moral/end-note)*
- The Robot Who Liked to Tell Tall Tales (interesting, very good sci-fi and medieval mix)
- The Snow of Jingyang
- The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: Laba Porridge
- The First Emperor’s Games
- Reflection (good idea about seeing time flow backward)
- The Brain Box
- Coming of the Light
- A History of Future Illnesses
*”I’ts simple when you put it like that right? What doesn’t make sense to me is this: lots of times, when the starting point and the destination are fixed – say, birth and death – why do most people rush towards the end?“