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    The Hidden Girl and Other Stories PDF ↠ Hidden Girl of ReindeerThe Gods Have Not Died in VainMemories of My MotherDispatches from the Cradle The Hermit Forty Eight Hours in the Sea of MassachusettsGrey Rabbit, Crimson Mare, Coal LeopardA Chase Beyond the Storms An excerpt from The Veiled Throne , Bookof the Dandelion Dynasty The Hidden GirlSeven BirthdaysThe MessageCutting."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 411 pages
  • The Hidden Girl and Other Stories
  • Ken Liu
  • English
  • 05 July 2019
  • 1982134038

The Hidden Girl and Other Stories[EPUB] ✹ The Hidden Girl and Other Stories Author Ken Liu – Essayreview.co.uk From award winning author Ken Liu comes his much anticipated second volume of short storiesKen Liu is one of the most lauded short story writers of our time This collection includes a selection of his From award winning author Ken Liu comes Girl and PDF/EPUB ¼ his much anticipated second volume of short storiesKen Liu is one of the most lauded short story writers of our time This collection includes a selection of The Hidden PDF \ his science fiction and fantasy stories from the last five years sixteen of his best plus a new noveletteIn addition to these seventeen selections, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories also features an excerpt from Hidden Girl and PDF/EPUB » the forthcoming book three in the Dandelion Dynasty series, The Veiled ThroneContents Ghost DaysMaxwell s DemonThe RebornThoughts and PrayersByzantine EmpathyThe Gods Will Not Be ChainedStaying BehindReal ArtistsThe Gods Will Not Be SlainAltogether Elsewhere, Vast Herds of ReindeerThe Gods Have Not Died in VainMemories of My MotherDispatches from the Cradle The Hermit Forty Eight Hours in the Sea of MassachusettsGrey Rabbit, Crimson Mare, Coal LeopardA Chase Beyond the Storms An excerpt from The Veiled Throne , Bookof the Dandelion Dynasty The Hidden GirlSeven BirthdaysThe MessageCutting.


About the Author: Ken Liu

Ken Liu is an American author of Girl and PDF/EPUB ¼ speculative fiction He has won the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, as well as top genre honors in Japan, Spain, and France, among other placesKen s The Hidden PDF \ debut novel, The Grace of Kings, is the first volume in a silkpunk epic fantasy series, The Dandelion Dynasty, in which engineers play the role of wizards His debut collection, The Paper Menagerie and Other Hidden Girl and PDF/EPUB » Stories, has been published inthan a dozen languages He also wrote the Star Wars novel, The Legends of Luke SkywalkerHe has been involved in multiple media adaptations of his work The most recent projects include The Message, under development by Laps and FilmNation Entertainment Good Hunting, adapted as an episode of Netflix s breakout adult animated series Love, Death Robots and AMC s Pantheon, which Craig Silverstein will executive produce, adapted from an interconnected series of short stories by KenPrior to becoming a full time writer, Ken worked as a software engineer, corporate lawyer, and litigation consultant Ken frequently speaks at conferences and universities on a variety of topics, including futurism, cryptocurrency, history of technology, bookmaking, the mathematics of origami, and other subjects of his expertiseKen is also the translator for Liu Cixin s The Three Body Problem, Hao Jingfang s Vagabonds, Chen Qiufan s Waste Tide, as well as the editor of Invisible Planets and Broken Stars, anthologies of contemporary Chinese science fictionHe lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.


10 thoughts on “The Hidden Girl and Other Stories

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    ARC provided by the publisher Saga Press in exchange for an honest review.3.5 5 starsKen Liu is incredibly good at writing short stories.I ve been waiting for The Dandelion Dynasty to be completed for years now so I can binge read the epic fantasy series During my waiting time, I have read The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories and also some books Liu has translated The Three Body Problem and Death s End by Cixin Liu I loved them all The Paper Menagerie, in particular, is one of the two best ARC provided by the publisher Saga Press in exchange for an honest review.3.5 5 starsKen Liu is incredibly good at writing short stories.I ve been waiting for The Dandelion Dynasty to be completed for years now so I can binge read the epic fantasy series During my waiting time, I have read The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories and also some books Liu has translated The Three Body Problem and Death s End by Cixin Liu I loved them all The Paper Menagerie, in particular, is one of the two best short stories I ve ever read so far The Hidden Girl and Other Stories is the second collection of short stories published by Ken Liu, and as expected, it s another wonderful collection of stories I think of this as something wondrous because I m not even a fan of short stories I avoid this formatthan I avoid novellas However, this is Ken Liu, and this collection goes to show how good he is at writing short stories Just try reading the beautifully written two page long preface I highly doubt you ll be able to resist reading this collection after reading thisAs the author, I construct an artifact out of words, but the words are meaningless until they re animated by the consciousness of the reader The story is co told by the author and the reader, and every story is incomplete until a reader comes a long and interprets itAnd so this will be my interpretation of these stories.Few exceptions aside, most of these stories are connected, taking place in the same universe I ll be giving a very mini review for each respective title Ghost Days 4 5 starsI loved this one Liu tells a story that encompasses the importance of the past, culture, traditions, and how even the smallest of things could be the treasure that sustains our heritage and legacy for hundreds of yearsShe would show them how she now understood that digging into the past was an act of comprehension, an act of making sense of the universeMaxwell s Demon 3.5 5 starsA brutal and dark read Maxwell s Demons is about a Japanese American female living in America during the time of World War II, and she receives a task to go back to Japan and help bring victory to AmericaA war opened a door in men, and whatever was inside just tumbled out The entropy of the world increased, in the absence of a demon by the doorReborn 3 5 starsOne of the three longest short stories in the collection, and it s a good sci fi story about the importance of memories I enjoyed this one well enough, although it s not as good as many other stories in this collection, I found the discussion regarding memories and how it makes us who we are to be well writtenYou cannot tell which memories are real and which memories are false, and yet you insist on their importance, base so much of your life on themThoughts and Prayers 4 5 starsIf you have lost someone to a mass shooting, be warned that this is a very dark story Harrowing and thought provoking, the loss of someone important due to a mass shooting is inexplicable Liu goes further by exploring another danger that can come after the event through the misuse of technologies and trollingWhat did I think was going to happen After decades of watching the exact same script being followed to end in thoughts and prayers, what made me think this time would be different It was the very definition of madnessByzantine Empathy 2 5 starsSame as Reborn, this is one of the longest short stories in the collection, and I honestly didn t enjoy this one Empathy, Virtual Reality, and cryptocurrency are relatable topics of discussion, but this story was boring to readA VR rig was the ultimate empathy machine How could she truly say she had walked in their shoes without suffering as they didThe Gods Will Not Be Chained 4 5 starsThis one was so intriguing and compelling, and it s the first installment in a mini trilogy available in this collection It begins with a story about bullying, then it proceeds to show the limitless capability of technologies, the internet, and digital immortalityBut the digital world, the world of bits and electrons, of words and images it had brought her so much joy, felt so intimate that she thought of it a part of her And it hurtStaying Behind 3.5 5 starsSimilar to the previous one, this is a short story that explores the idea of immortality through machines versus meaningful life through mortality It s a very interesting read because both factions have believable reasoning that makes senseShe taught me that our mortality makes us human The limited time given to each of us makes what we do meaningful We die to make place for our children, and through our children a piece of us lives on, the only form of immortality that is realReal Artists 3.5 5 starsThis is a very short story about doing whatever it takes to make a perfect movie, even if it means allowing technology to do all the heavy liftingI was right about you a real artist will do whatever it takes to make a great vision come true, even if she has to work with someone else s artThe Gods Will Not Be Slain 3.5 5 stars A direct sequel to The Gods Will Not Be Chained with Maddie as the main character again The themes of history, human nature, and once again, digital immortality dominate the storyThey could use a historian, she said Someone who knew something about how things used to workAltogether Elsewhere, Vast Herds of Reindeer 4 5 starsThis story shows the life of the people who have decided to go through digital immortality Food for thought what if infinity ends up decreasing the meaning of lifeIt s not how long we have that matters, but what we do with the same time we haveThe Gods Have Not Died in Vain 3.5 5 starsThe end of the mini trilogy revolving around Maddie I think this is the weakest of the mini trilogy, but the conclusion was satisfying enoughWe have grown to the point where we must depend on machines to survive, said Mom The world has become too fragile for us to count on people, and so our only choice is to make it evenfragileMemories of My Mother 2 5 stars One of my least favorite from the collection This one suffers from being way too short the story ended before I even began to care about the characters Dispatches from the Cradle The Hermit Forty Eight Hours in the Sea of Massachusetts 3 5 starsThe story shows what happened to Earth in the year 2600 after its destruction caused by Climate Change It s a bit scary to be reading about this because there s a chance of the situation portrayed in this story happening in our lifeHumanity may have taken to the stars, but we have destroyed our home planet Such has been the lament of the Naturalists for eonsGrey Rabbit, Crimson Mare, Coal Leopard 4 5 starsThe most action packed story in the collection, and it s in my favorite genre fantasy Three sisters of different bloodlines find themselves united to for a purpose, fight against oppression and dictator It s a great fantasy story, and I believe there s a potential for this one to become a series or a standalone novelGreed and ambition are the rule at court, and the only goal of every governor, general, official, and legate, Revealed or not, is selfish gain, not the good of the peopleA Chase Beyond the StormsAn excerpt from The Veiled Throne, The Dandelion Dynasty, book three No ratingAs I mentioned, I m waiting for The Dandelion Dynasty to be completed first, and I highly prefer not having my reading experience of the series spoiled I won t be reading reviewing this one The Hidden Girl 4 5 stars Here it is, the titular story in this collection, and this is one of my personal favorite stories within this collection Filled with Buddhism, The Hidden Girl is a fantasy story about an assassin who s willing to have the bravery to do what s right, even when it means fighting against those who are important to herThere s a greater promise we all must live by to do what our heart tells us is rightSeven Birthdays4 5 starsI don t want to say too much regarding this one, let s just say that I didn t expect the scope of this short story to be this massive and insane It reminded me of reading Death s End by Cixin LiuThere is a darkness in human nature that makes certain conflicts irreconcilableThe Message 4.5 5 stars My favorite story in this collection A heartwarming, meaningful, and lovely story about responsibility, legacy, and familyThis was a story that would always mean something, a message worth passing on, even in a universe that was cold, dark, and dyingCutting 3 5 stars The final story in this collection A good story about cutting unnecessary words from a book to create a relatively better message contentThe act of remembering is an act of retracing, and by doing so we erase and change the stencilOverall rating for The Hidden Girl and Other Stories 63 90 stars That s it The Hidden Girl and Other Stories is a clever and thought provoking collection of short stories by Ken Liu Diving deep into the possible benefits and destruction caused by technological advancement and digital immortality, Liu conveyed the meaning of life, tragedy, ambition, and so muchin his SFF contemporary settings I do think that the personality of the stories listed here leantowards sci fi than fantasy, and there s a good chance that if you love watching The Black Mirror as I did, you re going to love this one as well So which Ken Liu s books I ll be reading next Fingers crossed it will be The Dandelion Dynasty series I already own the first two books in The Dandelion Dynasty for a while now, once there s an official release date which I hope will be soon for The Veiled Throne, I will plan my reading accordingly.You can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping The quotes in this review were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Special thanks to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me extra support towards my passion for reading and reviewing My Patrons Alfred, Devin, Hamad, Joie, Mike, Miracle, Nicholas.

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    Quite a lot of heavily conflicted characters Culture do you love your own or do you readily embrace the strange one Be it Ancient China or a mesh of space geneticsThis actually could be on par with Bradbury if only the weaker essays were taken out the politics based one, the VR one, the algorithmic bullying one Seriously, it s all so very childish.Excellent stories The Ghost Days , a story about Ona, the half alien girl, about bubis and else A lot of else The Reborn wowser Uni Quite a lot of heavily conflicted characters Culture do you love your own or do you readily embrace the strange one Be it Ancient China or a mesh of space geneticsThis actually could be on par with Bradbury if only the weaker essays were taken out the politics based one, the VR one, the algorithmic bullying one Seriously, it s all so very childish.Excellent stories The Ghost Days , a story about Ona, the half alien girl, about bubis and else A lot of else The Reborn wowser Unique concept, I d say What are our memories, anyway How does history work What would aliens have to say about it LovelyThe Maxwell s Demon was, how to put it Poignant but horrible How do you put immigrants from a whole nation into camps and then just shrug it off Yep, Japanese camps this was not a fair treatment, was it Ghosts in the machine The digerati A bit overboard, wasn t it The Singularity.The Hidden Girl a bit too cartoonish but then again, why not Just like some of the Ancient Chinese legends.Q We study classical languages to acquire the habits of mind of the ancients, Ms Coron said You must know where you came from c Q You ll never see the beautiful floating islands of Tai Winn or the glorious skyways of Pele, the elegant city trees of Pollen, or the busy data warrens of Tiron c Q The past thus accumulating bit by bit through recursion, becomes the future c Q See how the universe is straightforward, but to understand it with the intellect, to turn it into language, requires a twist, a sharp turn Between the World and the Word, there lies an extra curve When you look at these characters, you re convening with the history of these artifacts, with the minds of our ancestors from thousands of years ago That is the deep wisdom of our people, and no Latin letters will ever get at our truth as deeply as our characters Which is authentic he thought The World or the Word The truth or understanding c Q You can t control what others think But you can always decide for yourself if you belong c Q Family is a story that is told to you, but the story that matters the most you must tell yourself c Q Remember us, you who treasure the old c Q Sometimes understanding comes to you not through thought, but through this throbbing of the heart, this tenderness in the chest that hurts c Q She would show them how she now understood that digging into the past was an act of comprehension, an act of making sense of the universe c Q I will swear unqualified allegiance to my country when my country frees me and my family c Q I have to renounce America to prove that I m a patriot You don t see how stupid this is c Q I remember being Reborn It felt the way I imagine a fish feels as it s being thrown back into the sea c Q She did not believe in conspiracies She was counting on the angels of human nature c Q A consensus of feelings had replaced the consensus of facts c Q Too bad it s hard to make the unglamorous but necessary work of truly understanding a complex situation compelling c Q But we were wrong The brain is holonomic Each part of the mind, like points in a hologram, encodes some information about the whole image We were arrogant to think that we could isolate the personality away from the technical know how c Q She could see patterns in the news, insights that eluded those who saw the data but had no understanding c Q We ve created gods, she thought, and the gods will not be chained c Q The Pope denounced the Digital Adam the digerati celebrated and everyone else struggled to make sense of the new world c Q A real artist will do whatever it takes to make a great vision come true even if it s just sitting still in a dark room c Q Mom is an Ancient, from before the Singularity There are only a few hundred million of them in the whole universe c Q The pure beauty of mathematics and the landscapes of the imagination are very lovely, but they are not real Something has been lost to humanity since we gained this immortal command over an imagined existence We have turned inward and become complacent We ve forgotten the stars and the worlds out there c Q I would have thought that a world with only three dimensions would be flat and uninteresting But it s not true The colors arevibrant than any I ve ever seen, and the world has a random beauty that I could not have imagined c Q No one ever talks about engineering now Building with physical atoms is inefficient, inflexible, limited, and consumes so much energy I ve been taught that engineering is an art of the dark ages, before people knew any better Bits and qubits are farcivilized, and give our imaginations free rein c Q Cloud born, cloud borne, she was a mystery c Q But there were also segments of Mist that puzzled her the way she seemed to possess so many heuristics for trends in the stock market the way her thoughts seemed attuned to the subtleties of patents the way the shapes of her decision algorithms seemed adapted for the methods of warfare c Q Life is about embodiment c Q The world has become too fragile for us to count on people, and so our only choice is to make it evenfragile Q I am a child of the ether I do not yearn for something that I never had c Q she had experiencedof the world than Maddie had ever experienced She could, at will, peek through billions of cameras, listen through billions of microphones, sense the speed of the wind atop Mount Washington and at the same time feel the heat of the lava spilling out of Kilauea She had known what it was like to gaze down at the world from the International Space Station and what it was like to suffer the stress of kilometers of water pressing down upon a deep sea submersible s shell She was, in a way, far older than Maddie c Q Call a woman a financial engineer or a man an agricultural systems analyst, and the world thinks they know something about them, she wrote But what does the job a person has been channeled into have to do with who they are Q A few days after she became the youngest chief managing director for JPMCS, on Solar Epoch 22385200, she handed in her resignation, divorced her husbands and wives, liquidated all her assets, placed the bulk of the proceeds into trusts for her children, and then departed for the Old Blue on a one way ticket c Q The stars are invisible from the metal cocoons floating in the heavy atmosphere of Venus nor do we pay much attention to them from the pressurized domes on Mars On Earth, the denizens of the climate controlled cities in habitable zones are preoccupied with scintillating screens and XP implants, the glow of meandering conversation, brightening reputation accounts, and the fading trails left by falling credit scores They do not look up.One night, as I lay in the habitat drifting over the balmy subtropical Pacific, the stars spun over my face in their habitual course, a million diamantine points of crisp, mathematical light I realized, with a startled understanding reminiscent of the clarity of childhood, that the face of the heavens was a collage c Q We do not look.We do not see.We travel millions of miles to seek out fresh vistas without even once having glimpsed inside our skulls, a landscape surely as alien and as wondrous as anything the universe has to offer Only in solitude it is possible to live as self contained as a star c Q Who are we to warm a planet for a dream and to cool it for nostalgia c Q We live in a time of chaos, and the only moral choice is to be amoral c Q There s a greater promise we all must live by to do what our heart tells us is right c Q The hidden space has its own structure, made from dangling thin strands that glow faintly with an inner light c Q She has always been the best at vine fighting and cloud dancing She glides and swings as gracefully as an immortal of the heavenly court c Q There s a glow in her eyes This is her favorite subject, pitching her mad scientist answer c Q I had once thought the Singularity would solve all our problems Turns out it s just a simple hack for a complicated problem We do not share the same histories we do not all want the same things c Q What follows are aerial shots of worlds both familiar and strange the Earth, with its temperate climate carefully regulated to sustain the late Holocene Venus, whose orbit has been adjusted by repeated gravitational slingshots with asteroids and terraformed to become a lush, warm replica of Earth during the Jurassic and Mars, whose surface has been pelted with redirected Oort cloud objects and warmed by solar reflectors from space until the climate is a good approximation of the dry, cold conditions of the last glaciation on Earth.Dinosaurs now roam the jungles of Aphrodite Terra, and mammoths forage over the tundra of Vastitas Borealis Genetic reconstructions have been pushed back to the limit of the powerful data centers on Earth c Q Isn t it the duty of every intelligent species to rescue all life, even from the dark abyss of time There is always a technical solution c Q Thin, circular plates a hundred kilometers in diameter are arranged in a lattice of longitudinal rings around the star until it is completely surrounded The plates do not orbit the star rather, they are statites, positioned so that the pressure from the sun s high energy radiation counteracts the pull of gravity.On the inner surface of this Dyson swarm, trillions of robots have etched channels and gates into the substrate, creating the most massive circuits in the history of the human race.As the plates absorb the energy from the sun, it is transformed into electric pulses that emerge from cells, flow through canals, commingle in streams, until they gather into lakes and oceans that undulate through a quintillion variations that form the shape of thought The backs of the plates glow darkly, like embers after a fierce flame The lower energy photons leap outward into space, somewhat drained after powering a civilization But before they can escape into the endless abyss of space, they strike another set of plates designed to absorb energy from radiation at this dimmer frequency And once again, the process for thought creation repeats itself c Q I always feel that there is a message that the people I study want to pass on Whatever I discover will be the last testament and whisper of the people of Pi Baeo In studying them, I become connected to them, and in passing on their message, the human race is no longer so alone c Q I d rather he buy that shuttle, and we ll wander the stars together, weighed down by nothing c Q A man wants to leave behind his name, and a civilization wants to leave behind its stories I m the only thing standing between them and oblivion c

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    Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestThis is my first work of fiction by Ken Liu, so I had no idea what to expect going in THE HIDDEN GIRL is a collection of short stories, most of which are science fiction, that dwell on themes of artificial intelligence, the transmittance of culture over time memes , global warming and climate change, and at its most fundamental level, what it means to be human.Reading these stories made me think of the TV show Love, Death Robots Not Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestThis is my first work of fiction by Ken Liu, so I had no idea what to expect going in THE HIDDEN GIRL is a collection of short stories, most of which are science fiction, that dwell on themes of artificial intelligence, the transmittance of culture over time memes , global warming and climate change, and at its most fundamental level, what it means to be human.Reading these stories made me think of the TV show Love, Death Robots Not only does it share many of the same themes, it also shares the ability to really bum you the heck out Even though I m a fast reader, I couldn t really make it throughthan three or four of these stories in a sitting, as they were almost all depressing and many of them had truly tragic or even wretched endings Do not read this book if you are easily upset and are looking for something uplifting, as I left THE HIDDEN GIRL feeling pretty bummed and in need of a hug.Depressing content aside, most of these stories are excellent I m definitely interested in readingof Liu s work, and liked the focus that he put on having strong and intelligent women in these stories, many of them being of Asian andspecifically, Chinese descent It s hard to rate a short story collection as a whole, which is why I tend to break them down story by story, but this is a pretty solid effort, and I was, on the whole, impressed with what I read, bar a few exceptions that were mediocre confusing at worst.Mild spoilers ahead Ghost Days This is a poignant story about an alien colonist who ends up taking solace in the multi generational saga of a Chinese family s dealings with xenophobic white people as well as their struggle with dual cultural identities The title is a play on the Chinese term often offensive, so I won t write here for white foreigners, which also refers, additionally, to spirits Both meanings play a role in this story.Maxwell s Demon This is a story set during WWII about a woman of Okinawan descent who is taken from an internment camp and forced to renounce her citizenship so she can be deported back to Japan as a spy for the Americans Working in a physics lab, she ends up being the assistant and lover to a scientist developing a weapon that runs on a type of magic, forcing Takako to make a choice about what it easy versus what is right, and which country she should choose to be loyal to when both are wrong.The Reborn This is a chilling story that occurs in the aftermath of first contact After a brutal colonization, the invading aliens feel remorse and have turned the other cheek to instill compassion and peace in the very society they destroyed But their compassion has a dark edge, and the body modifications required of the humans they interact with have a sinister purpose.Thoughts and Prayers This is a multi POV story exploring how a mass shooting affects the members of the victim s family, including the POV of a troll who is determined to see that the family suffers.Byzantine Empathy Confusing story about cryptocurrency, virtual reality, and the dispassion with which we view global conflict when looking through the removed and sanitized lens of social media.The Gods Will Not Be Chained This is honestly my favorite story in the collection It s heartbreaking, but ends on a note of hope A girl being bullied ends up gaining the mysterious protection of someone who only speaks in emoji, but, through further attempts at contact, starts to seem kind of familiarStaying Behind This is a haunting story about what happens when we get the ability to upload consciousness without a physical body to anchor it What kind of temptation would a digital existence pose to a venal one, and what would this mean for those who choose to remain behind This one reminded me of a Twilight Zone episode, or maybe a kinder retelling of The Matrix.Real Artists Another stand out story in the collection, Real Artists is a rather disillusioning look behind the curtain at the sterile future of creativity, in this case, via the medium of film I liked it.The Gods Will Not Be Slain I loved the opening to this one, and had it continued in that vein, this probably would have been a solid five but no, it had to be depressing This is a sequel to The Gods Will Not Be Chained, and explores the dangers of AI and the painful sacrifices we must make to do good.Altogether Elsewhere, Vast Herds of Reindeer Meh Another story about AI and the evanescent nature of all things This one wasn t really a favorite, I think because it was too similar in topic to several stronger stories that came right before it.The Gods Have Not Died in Vain The conclusion to the three part miniseries revolving around AI I really loved this little miniseries, even though it broke my heart AI is like the Promethean fire, with advancement meaning tragedy for both the creator and the receivers It definitely feels like a cautionary tale, like Icarus flying too high.Memories of My Mother A sad story about a woman dying of terminal disease who decides to cheat time by going into stasis and visiting her daughter once every seven years to cheat her 2 year prognosis Interesting concept and heart tugging idea, but the story was too short to pack much of an emotional wallop.Dispatches from the Cradle The Hermit Forty Eight Hours in the Sea of Massachusetts Reallyof a three and a half, but I rounded up for the beautiful writing and interesting premise In this story, earth has flooded in the wake of massive climate change, and humans have moved on to colonize other planets Here, two are deep sea diving in the remains of Massachusetts, looking at coral and pondering the end.Grey Rabbit, Crimson Mare, Coal Leopard Really confusing I didn t understand what was happening in this one at all.A Chase Beyond the Storms NO RATINGThis is an excerpt from the upcoming third book in one of the author s series I don t really like this, as it kind of feels like an advertisement masquerading as content.Ads belong in the back.The Hidden Girl The titular story I always have high hopes for the titular story I feel like if you re going to name your collection after a story, it should be your strongest work or the most representative of the themes Neither is the case for The Hidden Girl, which isfantasy than science fiction and also very strange It s about a girl who becomes apprentice to a Buddhist nun with powers, but ends up leaving her order after being asked to kill a man, despite this meaning cutting all ties to the people she considers family.Seven Birthdays Another really strange story I didn t get this one either, even though it was nicely written The Message This is a very sad story about an ancient civilization hiding a secret, the meaning of lost symbols, and a father and daughter who have bonded too late Easily one of the most depressing stories in the collection, and what makes this eveninfuriating is that it feels like it was handled carelessly.Cutting A poem, and don t worry cutting, here, refers to cuttings of paper and not theupsetting kind I know, I had the same concern, given the content in this book After a series of major downers, it was nice to end on a somewhat lighter note.So there you have it, THE HIDDEN GIRL with all its ups and downs mostly downs It s a great work of science fiction and I do recommend it for fans of Love, Death Robots, but don t read it when you re having a bad day, as it will likely make you feel worse.And now, to read something happy Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 3.5 stars

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    Ken Liu is becoming one of my favorite short story writers It s one thing to drop names like Harlan Ellison or Ted Chiang, but it s another thing to see such stories rise up out of so many other writers and still stick with you after years.I guess I ve been blessed to read a number of these stories from other collections, and it s great to find out that reading them again is still a pleasure For the most part, the tone of the tales moves away from Chinese mythology or the social bits or the ho Ken Liu is becoming one of my favorite short story writers It s one thing to drop names like Harlan Ellison or Ted Chiang, but it s another thing to see such stories rise up out of so many other writers and still stick with you after years.I guess I ve been blessed to read a number of these stories from other collections, and it s great to find out that reading them again is still a pleasure For the most part, the tone of the tales moves away from Chinese mythology or the social bits or the horrors of history or the direction things are taking in terms of China as was the case in Paper Menagerie , and we see a lotpure science fiction goodies that deal with my personal favorite subjects The Singularity There s a trio of stories in here that belong together and they thrilled me There s a lotgoing on with future life, uploads, ecological conservation, and even the future of art.All of these stories are fascinating and there wasn t a dull one in the bunch.But that s not all Whenever Ken Liu writes fantasy, it s always as delicious as hell I really got into the action and the adventure and if I was going to complain about anything, it s the fact I don t get to read whole novels set in these worlds My favorites Thoughts and Prayers the dark underbelly of news and information filters.Byzantine Empathy A truly fun story detailing some rather cool possible virtual reality economics.The Gods Will Not Be Chained, The Gods Will Not Be Slain, The Gods Have Not Died In Vain the trio of Singularity stories, but not the only ones in this collection So delicious.Hidden Girl A truly GREAT fantasy I would give anything to readwithin.Seven Birthdays Gimmie a truly massive future history, please Reminds me of a much updated Asimov story The Message This one really tugged on my heartstrings Truly tragic, wonderful

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    Ken Liu is one of my top five favorite short story writers working today And he is really the only one of the bunch being prolific I believe he has published over 80 stories in most reputable speculative fiction magazines over the past 10 years He attained the remarkable feat of gaining popularity in the supersaturated medium of speculative fiction magazines The reason he was able to rise above the rest, I believe, was his storytelling ability, which often combines traditional Chinese storyt Ken Liu is one of my top five favorite short story writers working today And he is really the only one of the bunch being prolific I believe he has published over 80 stories in most reputable speculative fiction magazines over the past 10 years He attained the remarkable feat of gaining popularity in the supersaturated medium of speculative fiction magazines The reason he was able to rise above the rest, I believe, was his storytelling ability, which often combines traditional Chinese storytelling tropes with razor edged scientific knowledge Along with Ted Chiang, I think it is safe to assume that Liu s intelligence is much higher than the average purveyor of science fiction these days Borderline, if not certified, genius.The Paper Managerie and Other Stories, Ken Liu s rock solid debut collection, was a masterpiece The finest collection of short stories to come out of the speculative genre in recent decades It can hold its own against The Martian Chronicles, Endangered Species, and other must reads in my opinion It is not likely to be equaled or surpassed anytime soon It is very likely to be reread, by me, and very soon It is an emotionally charged, politically relevant, and breathtaking summation of his career thus far His silk punk novel series is still unknown to me I know I will have to set aside a significant amount of time to read it I have dabbled in the first volume, but I know I will come back to it when I m ready I cannot help but think that that project will be overshadowed by Liu s short story collections to come It may be wishful thinking, but he was born to write short stories imho Maybe he will be regarded as another Bradbury one day This second collection, despite the glowing accolades it has already garnered, is not as perfect as his previous effort It could still be called a masterpiece, perhaps, but I had several gripes with it Several stories were a slight chore to get through, it pains me to say Luckily, the collection is well rounded and the best stories toward the end of the collection, leaving me with a satiated aftertaste.Taken together the stories become less than the sum of their parts in one distinct way, by virtue of repetition first of the distracting inclusions of dozens of emojis and the reused character tropes exploring father daughter and daughter mother relationships The family ties in all of Ken Liu s short fiction are critical to the functioning of plot Here, they are bittersweet and forced The patterns grated on me, almost as if he recast the same characters in the same roles with slightly differing world building constraints.Taken separately the stories are all pretty strong and engaging Many themes stand out in this volume including post human scenarios, virtual reality, AI, mega corporate corruption, environmental activism, post apocalyptic landscapes, uninhabitable earths, atemporal existence, multi dimensional family dynamics, ethics, the troubles of old age, infirmity, and fear of death, war and slavery, extra terrestrial archaeology, and muchThat sentence right there should give you enough reason to read the collection The Hidden Girl was a nice, representative story, an impressive piece of storytelling, combining his trademark Chinese cultural references with his trademark brilliant s f ideas Ken Liu remains an incredible writer His talent is undeniable He should also be commended for bringing us several volumes of Chinese science fiction in translation It is hard to know which contribution isvaluable We are sitting on a veritable treasure trove of untranslated literature, and heroes like Ken Liu are brave enough, and generous enough, to set aside their fame and risk exposing new talent to the masses I appreciate what you do, Sir

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    There are about a dozen new stories here in Ken Liu s second collection I felt that it was less interesting than his extraordinary The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, but still good reading Many of the stories are set in a dystopia called the Singularity where, like in a few episodes of Black Mirror such as San Junipero , folks can decide to upload their consciousness into the cloud and live as digital entities In these stories, there is a massive social pressure for folks to assimilate There are about a dozen new stories here in Ken Liu s second collection I felt that it was less interesting than his extraordinary The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, but still good reading Many of the stories are set in a dystopia called the Singularity where, like in a few episodes of Black Mirror such as San Junipero , folks can decide to upload their consciousness into the cloud and live as digital entities In these stories, there is a massive social pressure for folks to assimilate and most of the stories focus on people that are resisting the trend Thought provoking for sure

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    Quite a satisfying collection of stories I am typically a fan of sprawling space operas with a lot of character development and the fate of human existence at stake But my early love of Borges and his portrayal of mystifying ideas in a small package has primed my readiness to pursue the best of sci fi short stories Liu is in the running for that with tales replete with elements used by classic masters of the form ironic twists, poignant contrasts, potent microcosms, ambiguous endings that po Quite a satisfying collection of stories I am typically a fan of sprawling space operas with a lot of character development and the fate of human existence at stake But my early love of Borges and his portrayal of mystifying ideas in a small package has primed my readiness to pursue the best of sci fi short stories Liu is in the running for that with tales replete with elements used by classic masters of the form ironic twists, poignant contrasts, potent microcosms, ambiguous endings that point beyond the frame and engage you to complete with your own imagination Recently, I was awed by the imagination and skills of Ted Chiang and Greg Egan in this form While they spend a lot of effort instilling the reader with the plausibility of the physics behind their tales, Liu excels in inspiring a bitempathy by incorporatingof the human elements For example, they each often explore the implications of the coming so called Singularity, the point where computer based intelligence or personality emulations achieve consciousness and autonomy Whereas Chiang and Egan tend to dwell on the technology, the details behind such a development, and the big picture drama of the outcome, Liu s four stories on this theme focuson the impact upon the resilience of a family responding to such a technical evolution Once story features a girl, Maggie, whose father was uploaded into digital existence She discovers how to secretly communicate with him in emojis and explores his alternate mode of being I appreciated Liu s highlighting the potential of this kind of posthuman existence to retain feelings about their mortal family members and to experience nostalgia for life in the real world She is challenged to bridge the gap their lives, but finds meaning in teaming up with him in trying to keep another digital personality with a grudge against being exploited by a corporation from wreaking havoc on the network infrastructure of the world Another linked story, follows up on the family after this rogue AI facilitates a nuclear war in Asia, leaving the U.S to struggle with a much degraded economy and a flood of refugees Though the girl s father was effectively wiped out in a cyberattack, along with other AIs, a new virtual persona, Mist, created by him initiates contact with Maggie, and a touching friendship with this sister emerges With no reserve of memory of an embodied existence, Mist has no nostalgia about life in the real world and effectively lives as a god As a gift, Maggie creates a robot with sensory tech to allow Mist to experience and act in the physical world, which disappointingly does not impress Mist Another story explores a further iteration of the upload concept from a family perspective, one in which the world is getting progressively depleted from most people choosing to get uploaded Liu effectively engages in the tradeoff of giving up ones bodily life through the destructive scanning of their synaptic architecture in favor of immortality and freedom from the pain and struggle of our mortal life Though the environment recovers dramatically and people adopt a healthy, rural agrarian life, the loss of historical and cultural progression is depressing Liu homes us in on that experience with an example of a teenaged boy and girl feeling the artificiality and hollowness of trying to emulate the tradition of prom night at their tiny school The other stories are on diverse topics and scenarios, include an excerpt from a book of fantasy Two take flight across long swaths of time, one highlighting the potential of human evolution and the other the persistence of admirable human traits A third plays with time as a seeming counterpoint to Haldeman s story of alienation by space warriors who return after a few years of near light speed travel to face an Earth that has advanced hundreds of years in this case a dying women travels so that in her short remaining live she can experience the span of her daughter s life at 7 year intervals The title story, about a girl being trained as an assassin in 9th century China, was a bit disappointing, feeling like a cross between the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the mathematical fantasy about life in different dimension, Flatland My favorite story in the collection covers the life of a powerful, successful woman who became a hermit Asa at 400 years in the future has given up her position managing the massive enterprise of terraforming Mars and an Earth now seriously degraded by pollution and rising seas from global warming She disperses her wealth and leaves behind her large family of husbands and wives to travel Earth in a floating habitat, taking up long periods of residence amid the floating cities of stateless refugees above the sunken islands of Singapore and Malaysia We get a samples of her lyrical, philosophical journal that she devotes her time writing in old fashioned script A journalist joins her on the habitat in the waters above the former Massachusetts to cover her story and viewpoint, which harks back to Naturalism and the writings of Thoreau and Dickinson I loved the coverage of life on the translucent habitat, which can travel as a submersible in the case of storms Having lived in the Boston area for 11 years, I especially appreciated the tour of the underwater city, now amid a reef of colorful coral, which has recovered from near extinction and moved north It was cool that tourists are drawn to making dives to explore Harvard s Widener Library They pick up an aristocratic tourist who got lost on the library dive, who looks forward to the recovery of Earth Asa imagines the wars of competition and greed over the re emerged land and the death of new coral reef, proclaiming Who are we to warm a planet for a dream and to cool it for nostalgia The journalist concludes We do not know who we are But we dare not stop striving to find out.In sum, Egan and Chiang wow mein their coverage of similar themes, but the human element in these tales makes Liu s stories a bitengaging in the emotional sphere

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    Thought provoking, and often chilling, collection of soft sci fi and fantasy, with many stories examining the unimaginable ramifications of human technological progress spun out of control A number of stories revolve around the concept of uploaded human consciousness, AKA the Singularity , where human minds become digitized, no longer requiring physical bodies The three linked The Gods. stories in particular are fascinating looks at this, with the absolutely riveting story Staying Behind Thought provoking, and often chilling, collection of soft sci fi and fantasy, with many stories examining the unimaginable ramifications of human technological progress spun out of control A number of stories revolve around the concept of uploaded human consciousness, AKA the Singularity , where human minds become digitized, no longer requiring physical bodies The three linked The Gods. stories in particular are fascinating looks at this, with the absolutely riveting story Staying Behind as a kind of CODA to these Together these seemingly make up the heart of this collection and were certainly highlights for me.Though many are certainly chilling in their implications, Liu tells these stories with warmth and heart The messages are clearly ominous warnings that humanity s belief that we can keep transformational, and potentially devastating, technologies bottled up is almost certainly a fallacy Thoughts on some of the individual stories The Reborn 4.5 Chilling story of alien invaders who constantly shed their memories and remake themselves, and can rebirth humans by radically manipulating their memories, which they do to eliminate resistance to their presence Liu uses the story to examine the connection between memory and identity, as well as to the perception of self and reality If you ve read Octavia E Butler s classic Xenogenesis series, the symbiotic yet parasitic alien human relationships depicted here will feel familiar.The Gods Will Not Be Chained 4.0 Examines the pursuit of digital immortality, the fusion of man and machine, the Singularity and the futility of trying to keep the genie of uploaded consciousnesses in a bottle.Staying Behind 5.0 A kind of final chapter in the The Gods. series of stories A riveting look at the post apocalyptic world left to the few scraps of humanity who holdout from uploading to the Singularity In my opinion, this should be read after the three The Gods. stories, rather than in the order presented.Real Artists 4.0 A kind of chilling look at the transformation of art into engineering and what that means for the role of the artist Creativity and artistic inspiration supplanted by big data and algorithms.The Gods Will Not Be Slain 4.0 A sequel to The Gods Will Not Be Chained , examining the conflicts and disastrous consequences on the world of the unleashing of the uploaded digital consciousnesses.The Gods Have Not Died in Vain 4.0 A sequel to The Gods Will Not Be Slain where we see a post apocalyptic society trying to pick up the pieces in the wake of devastation and chaos.Dispatches from the Cradle The Hermit Forty Eight Hours in the Sea of Massachusetts 3.5 Hundreds of years in the future, after the climate changed induced flooding of the Earth and man s settling of other parts of the solar system, a philosopher of sorts visits the flooded ancient ruins of Boston and ponders the wisdom of destroying Earth s new habitats while attempting to rollback the changes wrought by humanity.The Hidden Girl 4.0 A delightful story of a girl abducted at a young age and trained as an assassin Liu s beautiful and evocative style is magical in and of itself

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    Updated March 26 5 Stars I went through the stories to put in my reading list of short stories for the year and realized that I really liked the vast majority of these.A lot of stories tied together and a lot of them about singularity uploading consciousness into a network I always enjoy those type of stories I may update this review with favorites and individual story thoughts Grey Rabbit, Crimson Mare, Coal Leopard was the new story and it was pretty good but not amazing.

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    My only experience with Ken Liu thus far has been in his translation of Cixin Liu s The Three Body Problem and Death s End But I know he has a few beloved books already published out there, so I jumped at the chance to read this.I generally try to read the introduction whenever one is included, and I definitely recommend reading the intro to The Hidden Girl and Other Stories Liu talks a little about his writing process and how he went about selecting stories for this book He says that stor My only experience with Ken Liu thus far has been in his translation of Cixin Liu s The Three Body Problem and Death s End But I know he has a few beloved books already published out there, so I jumped at the chance to read this.I generally try to read the introduction whenever one is included, and I definitely recommend reading the intro to The Hidden Girl and Other Stories Liu talks a little about his writing process and how he went about selecting stories for this book He says that stories are co told by an author s words and a reader s interpretation that writing a story is like building a house in which the reader moves in, arranges the furniture and decor to suit their tastes, and settles down.He also goes on to say that it would be impossible for him to construct a home in which everyone was comfortable, so he selected the stories that he himself felt most comfortable in, and asks that the reader find a story..to make their home I adored the metaphor and knew with that short but sweet introduction I was in for a treat.That being said, I really am terrible at reviewing collections So terrible in fact, that I ve put this off for two months because I read it in December It took me a week because these were stories that often required some processing afterward, so I know it s worthy of a fantastic review and I ve no idea how to convey that to you.So bare with me friends, I m doing my best.The first two stories Ghost Days and Maxwell s Demon absolutely blew me out of the water They were both eye opening, haunting They were stories I think it would benefit everyone to read at least once While Ghost Days is about the importance of history and immigrant experience in America, Maxwell s Demon is about the experience of a woman of Japanese descent in America during WWII.For me, the stories that follow didn t quite live up to the enormous standard by those first two stories What they do instead, is follow, as Liu himself put it, a meta narrative Trailing different and yet similar themes AI, digital immortality, virtual reality, shared experiences, parent child relationships, etc weaving together an inventive tapestry of Science Fiction and Fantasy.I will say this book ventures to some dark places Sometimes I d read a story and have to put the book down for a bit because it was that dark Many stories don t have a happy ending.I do think the book finished strong, despite being a little bogged down in the middle Other highlights include the miniseries starting with The Gods Will Not Be Chained and The Hidden Girl.In the end, I liked The Hidden Girl and Other Stories enough that I will certainly be checking out Liu s other work This collection is well worth picking up for fans and newcomers alike.The Hidden Girl and Other Stories releases on February 25, 2020 Thank you to the publisher for sending an ARC for review

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