“The book contains stories published by Soviet science-fiction writers in the last three or tour years. Ot course, neither the selection of the authors in this little book, nor the stories themselves can offer a comprehensive idea ot Soviet Science fiction, which is so diverse and multiform. At present, more than a hundred Soviet writers are working in the field. Several large story collections, novels and serial books are published each year. Science, philosophy, sociology, humour, satire are some ot their topics. We hope that this book will appeal to the foreign reader and will promote understanding between our nations. The book was published by Mir in 1968.”
TRANSLATED BY KEN LIU, Broken Stars is a welcome second collection of 16 Chinese speculative fiction short stories and three short essays recounting the genre’s recent cultural and academic prominence. The volume gives voice to an eclectic group, serving as a who’s who of SF authors, critics, and other anchors in China’s burgeoning SF culture industry brought to Anglophone audiences by Ken Liu’s deft translation. The eclecticism of these works provides testament to the breadth, allure, and challenges of Chinese-language SF as a genre that miraculously thrives even in the repressive atmosphere of the Xi Jinping era.