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The Reincarnated Giant


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Introduction: Does Science Fiction Dream of a Chinese New Wave?, by Mingwei Song
Part I: Other Realities
1. Regenerated Bricks, by Han Song (translated by Theodore Huters)
2. The Village Schoolteacher, by Liu Cixin (translated by Christopher Elford and Jiang Chenxin)
3. Histories of Time: The Luster of Mute Porcelain (excerpts), by Dung Kai-cheung (translated and introduced by Carlos Rojas)
4. The Dream Devourer (chapters 5-7), by Egoyan Zheng (translated by Cara Healey)
5. The Demon-Enslaving Flask, by Xia Jia (translated by Linda Rui Feng)
Part II: Other Us
6. The Poetry Cloud, by Liu Cixin (translated by Chi-yin Ip and Cheuk Wong)
7. "Science Fiction": A Chapter of Daughter, by Lo Yi-chin (translated by Thomas Moran and Jingling Chen)
8. Balin, by Chen Qiufan (translated by Ken Liu)
9. The Radio Waves That Never Die, by La La (translated by Petula Parris-Huang)
10. 1923: A Fantasy, by Zhao Haihong (translated by Nicky Harman and Pang Zhaoxia)
Part III: Other Futures
11. The Passengers and the Creator, by Han Song (translated by Nathaniel Isaacson)
12. The Reincarnated Giant, by Wang Jinkang (translated by Carlos Rojas)
13. The Rain Forest, by Chi Hui (translated by Jie Li)
14. The Demon's Head, by Fei Dao (translated by David Hull)
15. Songs of Ancient Earth, by Bao Shu (translated by Adrian Thieret)
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About the Author

Mingwei Song is associate professor of Chinese at Wellesley College. He is the author of Young China: National Rejuvenation and the Bildungsroman, 1900-1959 (2015).

Theodore Huters is professor emeritus in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles. His books include Bringing the World Home: Appropriating the West in Late Qing and Early Republican China (2005).


A fascinating anthology of some of the contemporary stories coming out of China today . . . The stories represent just a slice of China's science fiction community, but it's an engrossing window into a fascinating body of work. -- Andrew Liptak * The Verge *
These stories range from deeply philosophical speculative fiction to traditional tropes, like space battles and interstellar civilizations. Song and Huters's introduction places the stories in the context of post-1989 political trends on the Mainland, and their footnotes make the volume accessible while also offering further avenues to interested readers (for example, texts on the history of the Warring States period or the poetry of Li Bai). -- Alexandra Marraccini * Times Literary Supplement *
A definitive tour of some of the most influential landmarks of contemporary Chinese sf. Highly recommended. -- Ken Liu, author of The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories and The Grace of Kings
Science fiction is the most important literary phenomenon in twenty-first-century China. In a culture dominated by realism of various brands throughout the twentieth century, the surge of science fiction in the new millennium bespeaks not only a literary renovation but also the changing political ethos and intellectual visions of China. From star wars to spacy odysseys, extraterrestrial encounters to cybernetic adventures, contemporary Chinese science fiction projects utopian dreams and dystopian nightmares, unspeakable taboos and undreamed-of marvels. The Reincarnated Giant features fifteen masterpieces from both China and the Sinophone world. It is a must read for anyone curious about the intriguing mythology of a rising China. -- David Der-wei Wang, Edward C. Henderson Professor of Chinese Literature, Harvard University
The Reincarnated Giant is a unique contribution to the field of global science fiction, making available to English-language readers some of the most exciting and accomplished twenty-first-century sf by writers from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. From the grotesque aesthetics of the title story to the sublime aesthetics of stories such as Liu's "The Poetry Cloud," this anthology provides a broad perspective on an increasingly significant body of sf story-telling for the twenty-first century. -- Veronica Hollinger, professor emerita, Trent University, and editor, Science Fiction Studies
The volume is timely for the field of Chinese science fiction studies. The editors' selection of specific texts for inclusion and Mingwei Song's comprehensive introduction are an accurate survey of contemporary Chinese sf writing. These beautifully written and translated stories will capture the imagination of most readers. -- Hua Li, Montana State University
In showcasing representative works of science fiction by authors from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the People's Republic of China, The Reincarnated Giant provides readers with a fascinating and multifaceted glimpse into China's near (and not-so-near?) future(s). Thank you to the writers, translators, and editors for the existence of this work of scholarship and art. It is timely and timeless. It is stunning. It is necessary. -- Seo-young Chu, Queens College

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