Liu Cixin

Liu Cixin (simplified Chinese: 刘慈欣; traditional Chinese: 劉慈欣; pinyin: Liú Cíxīn; born 23 June 1963)[1] is a Chinese science fiction writer.[2] He is a nine-time winner of the Galaxy Award (China's most prestigious literary science fiction award), winner of the 2015 Hugo Award (for The Three-Body Problem) and the 2017 Locus Award (for Death's End) as well as a nominee for the Nebula Award.[3] Liu's work is considered hard science fiction. In English translations of his works, his name is given in the form Cixin Liu.

Liu Cixin
Geek Bar Tor authors event - Cixin Liu (18397919319)
Born23 June 1963 (age 55)
Yangquan, Shanxi, China
OccupationScience fiction writer, engineer
NationalityChinese
Period1999–present
GenreHard science fiction
Notable worksThe Three-Body Problem, Remembrance of Earth's Past (Three-Body trilogy)
Liu Cixin
Traditional Chinese劉慈欣
Simplified Chinese刘慈欣
Transcriptions
Standard Mandarin
Hanyu PinyinLiú Cíxīn
IPA[ljǒu tsʰɨ̌ɕín]

Life

Liu Cixin was born on 23 June 1963 in Yangquan, Shanxi. Liu's parents worked in a mine in Shanxi. Due to the violence of the Cultural Revolution he was sent to live in his ancestral home in Luoshan County, Henan.[4]

Liu graduated from the North China University of Water Conservancy and Electric Power in 1988. He then worked as a computer engineer at a power plant in the Shanxi province.[5]

Liu is married and has a daughter. His wife and daughter almost never read his works.[6]

Writing

Liu cites British authors George Orwell and Arthur C. Clarke as important literary influences.[7] He was labeled the first cyberpunk Chinese author after his novel, China 2185, was published in 1989.[8]

Liu's most famous work, The Three-Body Problem, was published in 2007 (it is the first novel in the Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy). American author Ken Liu's 2014 translation (published by Tor Books) won the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel.[9] Liu Cixin thus became the first author from Asia to win Best Novel.[10] The German translation (which included some portions of the original text not included in the English translation) followed in 2016.[11] Ken Liu also translated the third volume of the Remembrance of Earth's Past series, Death's End, in 2016, which was a 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel finalist and won a 2017 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

A cinematic adaptation of The Three-Body Problem has been postponed.[12] In March 2018, Amazon was rumored to be negotiating for the rights to the project.[13][14] However, YooZoo Pictures released a statement in response stating that it was the "sole owner of the rights for film and TV series adaptations."[14] Although it "was originally scheduled to be released in 2017," the project "was postponed indefinitely due to the company's internal shuffling and the rumored 'bad quality' of the film's first cut."[14]

The cinematic adaptation of his short story The Wandering Earth was released in China on February 5, 2019,[15] which became the second highest grossing film in the Chinese box office within 2 weeks.[16]

Bibliography

Novels

Short story collections

  • The Longest Fall (地球大炮) (1998)
  • The Micro-Age (微纪元) (1998)
  • The Whale's song (鲸歌) (1999)
  • With Her Eyes (带上她的眼睛) (1999; republished 2004)
  • Inferno (地火) (2000)
  • The Wandering Earth (流浪地球) (2000)
  • The Rural Teacher (乡村教师) (2001)
  • Full Spectrum Barrage Jamming (全频带阻塞干扰) (2001)
  • Devourer (吞食者) (2002)
  • The Glory and the Dream (光荣与梦想) (2003)
  • Of Ants and Dinosaurs (白垩纪往事) (2003)
  • The Wages of Humanity (赡养人类) (2005)
  • Mountain (山) (2006)
  • Migration across Time (时间移民) (2014)
  • 2018 (2014)
  • Sea of Dreams(梦之海) (2015)
  • Weight Of Memories (2016)

Awards

Awards
2006 Yinhe (Galaxy Award (China)) Awarded
2015 Ignotus Awards for Foreign Short Stories Nominated[17]
2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel Awarded[18]
2014 Nebula Award for Best Novel Nominated[19]
2015 Locus Award for Best SF Novel Nominated[20]
2015 Prometheus Award Nominated[21]
2015 John W. Campbell Memorial Award Nominated[22]
2016-2017 Canopus Awards Nominated[23]
2017 Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis for Best Foreign SF work Awarded[24]
2017 Premio Ignotus for Foreign Novel Awarded[25]
2017 Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire for Foreign Novel Nominated[26]
2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel Nominated
2017 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel Awarded[27]
2017 Dragon Awards for Best Science Fiction Novel Nominated[28]
2018 Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society Awarded[29]

References

  1. ^ Summary Bibliography: Cixin Liu
  2. ^ What lies beyond By Chitralekha Basu and Guo Shuhan, China Daily
  3. ^ Awards for Chinese-language science fictions announced
  4. ^ Three Body Problem: Author's postscript to the American Edition
  5. ^ Even what doesn’t happen is epic
  6. ^ "刘慈欣:《三体》的成功只是特例". news.ifeng.com. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  7. ^ This Is What It's Like To Write Science Fiction Novels in China - io9 - Gizmodo
  8. ^ Martin, Nicolas (2018-11-02). "Le corps cybernétique : quand la SF s'incarne". France Culture (in French). Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  9. ^ 2015 Hugo Awards
  10. ^ Chen, Andrea. "Out of this world: Chinese sci-fi author Liu Cixin is Asia's first writer to win Hugo award for best novel." South China Morning Post. Monday 24 August 2015. Retrieved on 27 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Deutsche Übersetzung von "The Three-Body Problem" könnte nächsten Herbst erscheinen" (in German). China Internet Information Center. September 1, 2015. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  12. ^ CaixinOnline (June 23, 2016). "Premiere of Film based on Acclaimed Sci-fi Novel 'The Three-Body Problem' Pushed Back until 2017". english.entgroup.cn. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  13. ^ Amazon’s Reportedly Dropping $1 Billion for a TV Show to Rival Game of Thrones
  14. ^ a b c Zhou, Jing (23 March 2018). "Rights holder won't give up 'Three-Body' series". www.china.org.cn. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  15. ^ gbtimes.com https://gbtimes.com/film-based-on-three-body-problem-writers-sci-fi-story-set-for-february-release-in-china. Retrieved 2019-02-18. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ "The Wandering Earth is now the second-highest grossing movie in Chinese history". shanghaiist. 2019-02-18. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  17. ^ "2015 Ignotus Awards Winners". Locus Online. 2015-11-10. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  18. ^ Kevin (2015-08-23). "2015 Hugo Award Winners Announced". The Hugo Awards. Archived from the original on 2015-08-24. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
  19. ^ "2014 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced". SFWA. 2015-02-20. Archived from the original on 2017-08-01. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
  20. ^ Publications, Locus. "Locus Online News » 2015 Locus Awards Winners". www.locusmag.com. Archived from the original on 2017-06-12. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
  21. ^ Publications, Locus. "Locus Online News » 2015 Prometheus Award Winner". www.locusmag.com. Archived from the original on 2017-06-12. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
  22. ^ Publications, Locus. "Locus Online News » 2015 Campbell and Sturgeon Awards Winners". www.locusmag.com. Archived from the original on 2017-06-12. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
  23. ^ "2016-2017 Canopus Awards Finalists". Locus Online. 2017-04-12. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  24. ^ Publications, Locus. "Locus Online News » 2017 Kurd Laßwitz Preis Winners". www.locusmag.com. Archived from the original on 2017-08-06. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
  25. ^ "2017 Premio Ignotus Winners". Locus Online. Archived from the original on 2017-12-01. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  26. ^ Publications, Locus. "Locus Online News » Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 2017 Winners". www.locusmag.com. Archived from the original on 2017-08-06. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
  27. ^ "2017 Locus Awards Winners". Locus Online. 2017-06-24. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  28. ^ "2017 Dragon Awards Winners". Locus Online. 2017-09-05. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  29. ^ "Chinese sci-fi writer Liu Cixin wins Arthur C. Clarke award".

External links

Ancillary Mercy

Ancillary Mercy is a science fiction novel by the American writer Ann Leckie, published in October 2015. It is the final novel in Leckie's "Imperial Radch" space opera trilogy, which began with Ancillary Justice (2013) and was followed by Ancillary Sword (2014).

Ball Lightning (novel)

Ball Lightning (Chinese: 球状闪电) is a science fiction novel by the Chinese writer Liu Cixin. The original Chinese version was published in 2004. In 2018, the English version, translated by Joel Martinsen, was published in the US by Tor Books.

Baoshu

Li Jun (李峻; born 1980), known by the pen name Baoshu (宝树), is a Chinese science fiction and fantasy writer. One of his main works, Three Body X, is a sequel to the 2015 Hugo Award winner, The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin. After receiving his Master of Philosophy in Peking University, Baoshu continued to study at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and got a second master there, and finally became a full-time science fiction writer in 2012.

One of the latest generation of major Chinese Sci-Fi writers, Baoshu has won six Nebula Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy in Chinese, three Galaxy Awards for Chinese Science Fiction, and once nominated for the Grand Media Award for Chinese Literature. He is now a contract writer of famous writer and director Guo Jingming's Zuibook, a leading hub for young fiction writers in China. His works have been translated into English and published in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Clarkesworld.

Chinese science fiction

Chinese science fiction (traditional Chinese: 科學幻想, simplified Chinese: 科学幻想, pinyin: kēxué huànxiǎng, commonly abbreviated to 科幻 kēhuàn, literally scientific fantasy) is genre of literature that concerns itself with hypothetical future social and technological developments in the Sinosphere.

Crazy Alien

Crazy Alien (Chinese: 疯狂的外星人) is a 2019 Chinese science fiction comedy directed by Ning Hao and written by Liu Cixin, Sun Xiaohang, Wu Nan, Dong Runnian, Liu Xiaodan and Pan Yiran. The film stars Huang Bo, Shen Teng, Matthew Morrison, and Tom Pelphrey. It was release in China on February 5, 2019, during the Lunar New Year's Day.

Dark Forest

Dark Forest may refer to:

Dark Forest, (selva oscura) in the first line of Dante's Inferno

Dark Forest (film), a South Korean horror film

"Dark Forest", episode of the TV show A Haunting

Dark Forest, room in the television game show Legends of the Hidden Temple

Dark Forest, afterlife in the Redwall fantasy novel series

Dark Forest, forbidden area on the Hogwarts campus in the Harry Potter series

The Dark Forest, Chinese science-fiction novel by Liu Cixin, sequel to The Three-Body Problem

The Dark Forest, a novel by Hugh Walpole

Dark Forest, afterlife in the Warriors series by Erin Hunter

Dark Forest, themed area at the Alton Towers Resort

darkforest, a Go playing computer program being developed by Facebook

Dead End

Dead End or dead end may refer to:

Dead end (street), a street connected only at one end with other streets, called by many other official names, including cul-de-sac.

Death's End

Death’s End (Chinese: 死神永生, pinyin: Sǐshén yǒngshēng) is a science fiction novel by the Chinese writer Liu Cixin. It is the third novel in the trilogy titled Remembrance of Earth's Past, following the Hugo Award-winning novel The Three-Body Problem and its sequel, The Dark Forest. The original Chinese version was published in 2010. Ken Liu translated the English edition in 2016. It was a 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel finalist and winner of 2017 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

Frant Gwo

Frant Gwo or Guo Fan (Chinese: 郭帆; born 15 December 1980) is a Chinese filmmaker. He directed the 2014 film My Old Classmate and the 2019 science fiction blockbuster The Wandering Earth, the all-time second highest-grossing film in China.

Ken Liu

Ken Liu (born 1976) is a Chinese American author and translator of science-fiction and fantasy, as well as a lawyer and computer programmer. His short stories have appeared in F&SF, Asimov's, Analog, Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, and multiple "Year's Best" anthologies.

Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

Winners of the Locus Award for Best SF Novel, awarded by the Locus magazine. Awards presented in a given year are for works published in the previous calendar year.

The award for Best Science Fiction Novel was first presented in 1980, and is among the awards still presented (as of 2016). Previously, there had simply been an award for Best Novel. A similar award for Best Fantasy Novel was also introduced in 1980.

Remembrance of Earth's Past

Remembrance of Earth's Past (Chinese: 地球往事) is a science fiction trilogy by the Chinese writer Liu Cixin, but Chinese readers generally refer to the series by the title of its first novel, The Three Body Problem (Chinese: 三体; literally: "Three-Body").

The Dark Forest

The Dark Forest (Chinese: 黑暗森林, pinyin: Hēi'àn sēnlín) is a 2008 science fiction novel by the Chinese writer Liu Cixin. It is the sequel to the Hugo Award-winning novel The Three-Body Problem (Chinese: 三体, pinyin: sān tǐ) in the trilogy titled "Remembrance of Earth's Past" (Chinese: 地球往事, pinyin: Dìqiú wǎngshì), but Chinese readers generally refer to the series by the title of the first novel. The English version, translated by Joel Martinsen, was published in 2015.

The Poetry Cloud

"The Poetry Cloud" (Chinese: 詩雲, Pinyin: Shi yun) is a short story written by Liu Cixin in 1997. It was published in the March 2003 issue of Science Fiction World.

The Three-Body Problem (film)

The Three-Body Problem (Chinese: 三体) is a postponed Chinese science fiction 3D film in-progress, adapted from The Three-Body Problem series by Liu Cixin, directed by Fanfan Zhang, and starring Feng Shaofeng and Zhang Jingchu.In March 2018, Amazon was rumored to be negotiating for the rights to the project. However, YooZoo Pictures released a statement in response stating that it was the "sole owner of the rights for film and TV series adaptations." Although it "was originally scheduled to be released in 2017," the project "was postponed indefinitely due to the company's internal shuffling and the rumored 'bad quality' of the film's first cut."

The Three-Body Problem (novel)

The Three-Body Problem (Chinese: 三体; literally: "Three-Body"; pinyin: sān tǐ) is a science fiction novel by the Chinese writer Liu Cixin. It is the first novel of the Remembrance of Earth's Past (Chinese: 地球往事) trilogy, but Chinese readers generally refer to the whole series by the title of this first novel. The second and third novels in the trilogy are titled The Dark Forest and Death's End. The title of the first novel refers to the three-body problem in orbital mechanics.

The work was serialized in Science Fiction World in 2006, published as a book in 2008 and became one of the most popular science fiction novels in China. It received the Chinese Science Fiction Yinhe Award ("Galaxy Award") in 2006. A film adaptation of the same name is

in production.

The English translation by Ken Liu was published by Tor Books in 2014. It won the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel and was nominated for the 2014 Nebula Award for Best Novel.(In this article, Chinese names are written with the family name first and given name second. Liu Cixin's family name is Liu. Ken Liu's surname is also Liu; he is American and uses the English order.)

The Wandering Earth

The Wandering Earth (Chinese: 流浪地球) is a 2019 Chinese science fiction film directed by Frant Gwo, based on the novella of the same name by Locus Award and Hugo Award-winning author Liu Cixin. It stars Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie, Ng Man-tat, Zhao Jinmai, Wu Jing and Qu Jingjing. The film was theatrically released on 5 February 2019 (Chinese New Year's Day), by China Film Group Corporation, followed by North America and Australia on 8 February.

It is a box office success, grossing over $600 million worldwide, largely from China where it is the second highest-grossing film of all time. It is also the world's highest-grossing film of 2019 so far. It has received generally positive reviews from critics, with The Hollywood Reporter describing it as "China's first full-scale interstellar spectacular".

Three body

Three body may refer to:

ScienceThree-body problem, a problem in physics and classical mechanics

Euler's three-body problem, a problem in physics and astronomy

Three-body force, a force appearing in a three-body systemScience fictionThree Body (science fiction), a science fiction novel trilogy by Liu Cixin

Three Body (film), an upcoming film based on the first novel, produced by Yoozoo Film, established by Lin Qi in 2014.Eastern religionsThree Bodies Doctrine, doctrine in Vedanta: the gross body, the subtle body, and the causal body

Trikaya, the Buddhist Nirmāṇakāya or "created body", Sambhogakāya or "body of bliss", and the Dharmakāya or "Truth body"

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