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Publisher's Summary

A short story collection from New York Times best-selling author Cixin Liu. The title story, "The Wandering Earth", was a blockbuster international film, currently streaming on Netflix.

These 11 stories, including five Chinese Galaxy Award winners, are a blazingly original ode to planet Earth, its pasts, and its futures. Liu's fiction takes the listener to the edge of the universe and the end of time, to meet stranger fates than we could have ever imagined. With a melancholic and keen understanding of human nature, Liu's stories show humanity's attempts to reason, navigate, and above all, survive in a desolate cosmos. 

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books

©2021 Cixin Liu (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Extraordinary book!

I love every story! This is a captivating book, great narrative and performance. I don’t understand the bad review at all. It’s an amazing sci-fi fiction collection as believable as it gets.

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"Nope, just nope."

I greatly disliked this story. It is too unrelatable and unbelievable. The characters within do not act believably. The performance on the other hand is quite good. Also the author seems interested in pushing disagreeable ideas. Look into it before you buy it to make sure you aren't wasting your money.

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what's with the "Asian accents". why would you do that. first two stories were good.

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Exceeded Expectations!

After the "Three Body Problem" trilogy, I wasn't sure Cixin Liu could "do it again."

But he did! Or he has. Whatever!

The short stories in "The Wandering Earth" explore and playfully play with all sorts of big ideas in ways that pull the reader in and expand the imagination.

Be prepared: This is not your well-trodden Anglo-Saxon SF. But if you are open to non-Western perspectives and modes, dive in and drink deep!

Be prepared, too, to laugh out loud at times. Cixin Liu's humor is exquisite, as when he is a character in one of his own stories.

Not sure why some reader-reviewers did not care for the narration. For me, the narrators' voices fit the stories and characters well.

In short, uncertain that any author could rival earlier masterpieces, "The Wandering Earth" exceeded my expectations, and then some.

Enjoy!

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Wandering earth

I really like the first story. The other stories were ok. I am a sci fi short story fan.

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Loved it

Of course it can’t top remembrance of earths past. But I loved it still. Some stories were better than others. But lots of fun thought experiments, good speculative hard sci fi, cixin liu poetic perspective woven throughout.

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Compelling short stories, performance lacking

These short stories are enjoyable. Cixin Liu has raised the bar so high with his other works (e.g., The Three-Body Problem and sequels), though, that it's difficult to give any of them a five out of five. This is unfortunate, as Cixin Liu is one of the foremost science fiction writers of our time; all of his works are magnificent. During an agonizingly long flight these stories filled the time wonderfully.

I wasn't a fan of Feodor Chin's narration. While easy to understand, the delivery is oddly robotic and syllables are arbitrarily stressed. I was left scratching my head on many occasions about why certain sentences were spoken the way they were. Greg Chun, the other narrator, was not off-putting in this way.

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One of the greats!!!

I was captivated from the first story...this author might be the next Asimov! I don't get hooked often but this was something else. It read like a literary opus, but I think this guy has a lot more left in him.