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The Wandering Earth (Short Stories by Liu Cixin Book 2) (English Edition) di [Liu, Cixin]
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I’ve never seen the night, nor seen a star; I’ve seen neither spring, nor fall, nor winter. I was born at the end of the Reining Age, just as the Earth’s rotation was coming to a final halt.

The Sun is about to unleash a helium flash, threatening to swallow all terrestrial planets in the solar system. On Earth, the Unity Government has erected Earth Engines. With them it plans to propel our planet out of the solar system, setting it on a journey into outer space in search of a new sun. The Earth begins its centuries-long, wandering travels through outer space.

Just as we began our journey, my grandfather passed away, his burnt body ravaged by infection. In his final moments, he repeated over and over, “Oh, Earth, my wandering Earth...”

A short story by Liu Cixin, Hugo Award winner of 2015, China's most acclaimed contemporary science-fiction author.
China Galaxy Science Fiction Award of Year 2000.


Liu Cixin's writing will remind SF fans of the genre's golden age, with its positive focus on scientific development, combined with a consistently constructive vision of China's future role as a global superpower. It's characteristic of an SF genre which has been embraced by Chinese culture because it is seen as representing the values of technological innovation and creativity so highly prized in a country developing more quickly than any other in the world today.
– Damien Walter, The Guardian

A science fiction tale with a Chinese touch. The Wandering Earth is filled with imaginative tech and a moving world, literally.

Liu Cixin has put his exuberant energy to good use, erecting a gallery that must be measured on a scale of light-years. Inside this gallery of his, he has stored away marvels beyond imagination produced by the science and technology of cosmic civilizations. The moment you step into Liu Cixin's world, the rush of his enthusiasm buffets you like a particle storm – a storm of enthusiasm for science and for technology; And it is this enthusiasm that bears the heart of his world's magnificent galaxy. We can find it reflected not only in the grand vistas he creates, but also in the fateful decisions of his characters. The stark contrast of his grand worlds against the choices of these lonely and feeble beings can be truly shocking!
– Yao Haijun, editor in chief of “Science Fiction World”

First and foremost, as a reader, I very much enjoy and find great satisfaction in Liu Cixin's stories. The stories he tells are incredibly lucid, their language is conversant, their rhythm is tightly woven and their plots exceedingly compelling; Their imagery is unique, they have a boundless quality about them and they are brimming with powerful language; In these ways he echoes the great Taoist philosopher Chuang-tzu. What is more, I truly adore technology and industrial culture and consider them to be very exquisite, serious and atmospheric; almost holy. Liu Cixin's stories reflect this sentiment of mine. Therefore, I at times think that he echoes Newton. Finally, there is the military side of things. One does not have to look far to see his innate passion for all things to do with weaponry. In Liu Cixin we can see a stubbornness, a heroic ideal of centuries past.
– Han Song, deputy editor of “Oriental Outlook”

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  • Lunghezza stampa: 45
  • Editore: Beijing Guomi Digital Technology Co., Ltd.; 1 edizione (11 marzo 2012)
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  • Lingua: Inglese
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5 di 5 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle Wobbly story, great writing, formerly dishonest description 12 luglio 2015
Di Do not do the up sneak - Pubblicato su
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The story was actually okay, if totally implausible and inconsistent. To wit:

Scientists 400 years ago determined that the sun will, for all intents and purposes, explode right about now. Plans have been undertaken to physically remove the entire planet Earth from the field of this explosion. Some people feel a better option would be to build a bajillion spaceships, stock each one with renewable and self-sustainable resources and a couple hundred thousand people, and fly away.

A science teacher early on explains that the Spaceship theory won't work - too small a biosphere cannot support life for any significant period of time. This is why generations of scientists and government have decided to... build gargantuan plasma engines that bring the surface temperature of the earth up to 140-160+ degrees Fahrenheit 24/7 as they provide thrust for the Earth to embark on an ever-widening elliptical artificial orbit which causes global tsunamis 300+ feet in height, hurricanes/tornadoes/typhoons which result in "every tree" on the face of the planet being uprooted, earthquakes, core/crust instability causing magma flows that destroy the underground settlements? Settlements which, by the way, are underground in the first place because above ground the temperatures - even without the plasma engines - veer from "burn everything to a blackened, ashy crisp" at perihelion to "oceans have frozen over/solid" at aphelion (or possibly vice versa; I never was any good at astronomical terminology)? Oh, and did I mention that over the course of breaking free from the Sun's orbit, the plasma engines consumed, as fuel for their own functioning, fully half of all the mountains in Asia? There are a LOT of mountains in Asia. Big ones, too.

Way to save the planet, guys. High five. I'm sure that after you've settled into your new solar system after freezing/burning off your atmosphere during your jaunt over, it'll only be a couple of months before you've got crops in the fields, fish in the seas, birds and bees and butterflies and white picket fences for everyone.

BUT the writing is good, and the detail applied to describing all these cataclysms is captivating - including the psychological effect of, say, looking into the "sky" and seeing nothing but Jupiter's red eye staring back at you, up close and personal. If a little bit more information had been given on exactly how humanity would be saved by the complete physical destruction of the entire surface of their planet and all its biosystems except humans, I'd probably give it 4 stars. (There were quite a few grammatical issues.)

My reason for the two-star review is simply this: The description says that the book is 482 pages. Four hundred eighty-two. That's 82 more pages than Earth had years to prepare for the Sun's end. If the same person calculating pages had calculated years, the planet would have been engulfed by the helium burst before the first "Let's Save Our Planet" meeting had been called to order.

At a guess, I'd say the story (it is NOT a book) is maybe 50-60 pages. And there are times when I'm okay with paying $3-4 for a short story. (Not many, but it's happened.) However, in this case, what I wanted was hours of distracting, if perhaps not uniformly engrossing, sci-fi. A couple bucks for 482 pages worth of storytelling is worth it, even if the story is sub-par. For 45-60 minutes' worth of reading, though? No.

I've requested a refund from Amazon, and feel confident that will go smoothly. If the description of the book gets updated from the current citation (in multiple places) of 482 pages, I will likewise update my rating to 3 or 4 stars for an interesting hour or so worth of reading. (And a new appreciation for how tolerable a temperature of a mere 100 degF really is.) Until then, if you're cool with a very quick, totally implausible and plot-hole-ridden tale of "Starship Earth," carry on! But if you're expecting a full-length book, this is not it.
19 di 19 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Great book 29 marzo 2012
Di Victoria - Pubblicato su
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i was quite impressed by this book. The storyline is intriguing to say the least-main character grows up in the future where our Sun is about to enter a red giant phase and the prospect of human race surviving looks grim. The goverments comes up with a solution to save the Earth by moving it away to a nearest star system. The whole, fairly short novel, speaks from a young boy point of view who grows up in subterranian Earth to witness horrible earthquakes, tidal waves and rogue asteroids that eventually make an Earth a barren landscape. Writer's descriptions of people are lacking while he does absolutely superb job of describing future technology and landscapes. All in all, I read this book in one afternoon, it was that good. If you like Sci-fi, you need to read this.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Moving the Earth, one story at a time 21 marzo 2012
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I for the most part don't read much science fiction, but this story caught my eye and I am very happy that it did. What I enjoyed most about the story was the world which the author creates, and moves! The sheer scale of the technology and imagination really made it a fun read for me.
The language is vivid and flows nicely. It does a great job at capturing the many world-shaking events that are the heart of this story.

While the story is universal enough parts of it do seem to have a unique Chinese colouring to them, especially in the characters interactions with the government and regulations of the world.
My only point of concern was the characters, for my taste there was just a bit too little space devoted to their development and interactions.
Overall I really enjoyed this story and heartily recommend it!
10 di 10 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Quick, intense read! 26 febbraio 2013
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The Wandering Earth was a great, quick read. The plot of the story centers around the fact that the sun is going to explode. This is a great plot because it is quite possible for the sun to explode and Earth to thusly be effected. What is most interesting about this story is the way Earth decides to handle this catastrophic event. It throws all types of scientific answers without being too much, and is so much different than the average "escape to another planet" or "board a spaceship."

This more than exceeded my expectations. I was unable to put it down until I got to the end. I love it when a story causes me to think and this story did just that.

I would recommend this book to everyone 12 and over.
4.0 su 5 stelle A great story finished before it started. 26 gennaio 2016
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Cixin Liu's story was quite unusual and fantastic. That being said, I was disappointed to see this was a short story and as soon as it started, it was over. Apparently written in the beginning of his career, it reads more like a concept paper for a larger novelization project. It would be great to see the author flesh this short story out with a longer story completing the entire potential story arc. Its clear no research was done to add to the authenticity of the story or the possibilities. Characters aren't well fleshed out and their interaction isn't in the first person. Otherwise, if a reader approaches this as a reading selection to occupy you on a longer flight or a quiet afternoon, you will be more satisfied.
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