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From New York Times best-selling author Cixin Liu comes a short story collection of captivating visions of the future and incredible re-imaginings of the past. 

In To Hold Up the Sky, Cixin Liu takes us across time and space, from a rural mountain community where elementary students must use physics to prevent an alien invasion; to coal mines in northern China where new technology will either save lives of unleash a fire that will burn for centuries; to a time very much like our own, when superstring computers predict our every move; to 10,000 years in the future, when humanity is finally able to begin anew; to the very collapse of the universe itself. 

Written between 1999 and 2017 and never before published in English, these stories came into being during decades of major change in China and will take you across time and space through the eyes of one of science fiction's most visionary writers. 

Experience the limitless and pure joy of Cixin Liu's writing and imagination in this stunning collection.

Stories included are:

"Contraction"

"Full Spectrum Barrage Jamming"

"The Village Teacher"

"Fire in the Earth"

"Time Migration"

"Ode to Joy"

"Mirror"

"Sea of Dreams"

"Cloud of Poems"

"The Thinker"

This program is read by: Vikas Adam, Feodor Chin, Greg Chun, Robert Fass, Catherine Ho, Natalie Naudus, Brian Nishii, P. J. Ochlan, Emily Woo Zeller, and Nancy Wu 

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books 

©2020 Cixin Liu (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Superlatives all around!

Happy to have been introduced to this author through the $5 Audible deal. Would have still been thrilled if I had used a credit. I would love to read The Three Body Problem as well, but it isn’t available to download in Mexico (yet?).

My favorite story in this collection was the very last. A wonderful journey getting there too. Kudos to the author and the narrators! Thank you!

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Excellent

If you can get over Americans and NATO being the bad guys in a couple of the stories, there’s some excellent thought-provoking sci-fi here.

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incredible.

amazing short stories. the last one was the best. I highly recommend. it will change how you view literature and the universe.

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I really wanted to love this book

I love Cixin Liu. I enjoyed everything I read from him. Not So much this one.

The good:
You can trust Cixin Liu to have original, complex ideas that make you think "this could totally be possible". The stories in this book carry the unique and interesting quality I love. All stories made me wish there would be a sequel, full length book.

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While the short stories are interesting, they felt to me a bit "unfinished". Almost like they were under developed pitches/pilots for full length books. And the narration drove me crazy. Why have a different narrator for every short story? It takes me time to get used to a style and a voice. I would prefer to have just one.

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One of the best scifi short story collections ever

Stories (in translation) and narration were well matched. So imaginative and poetic, with a narrative scake from the galactic to the intimate. Highly recommended.

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Disappointing

I loved TBP trilogy but this was so inspiring.
Some of the narrator's were awful.

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Worth the listen

I found the stories hit of miss. But many will bounce around in my head for a long time.

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Underwhelming

If you picked up this title after listening to the The Body Problem you will be sorely disappointed. Shallow, unambitious plots, dull performances, and confusing combinations like talking dinosaurs and poetry run rampant over. Do yourself a favor and skip this one.

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What a mind

I’m partial to science fiction / speculative fiction. I had been aware of this author for some time but had never picked up a book until listening to this one. Loved, loved, loved the last two stories of the collection and enjoyed most of the others. A strong gathering of work from an extremely inventive and intelligent mind. I will recommend the book/author to others. I look forward to reading and listening to other works by him.

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Great collection read by multiple narrators.

Disregard any review complaint about the different narrators being hard to get used to. The audio is great for this book. I liked the creativity shown in each story. Chinese science fiction is so unique in its imagination and poetic prose.