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The Supernova Era

Cixin Liu Joel Martinsen

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Head of Zeus
21 October 2019
Science fiction; Apocalyptic; Future Society; Post Holocaust Sci-Fi; Society; GALAXY Double Rewards; Dark Science Fiction
When radiation from a supernova kills all the adults, the children become divided: some forge an imitation of the previous society; the others devolve into savagery and violence.

'Like Ursula K. Le Guin rewriting The Lord of the Flies for the quantum age' NPR.

'Cixin Liu is the author of your next favourite sci-fi novel' WIRED .

Eight years ago and eight light years away, a supermassive star died. Tonight, a supernova tsunami of high energy will finally reach Earth. Dark skies will shine bright as a new star blooms in the heavens and within a year everyone over the age of thirteen will be dead, their chromosomes irreversibly damaged. And so the countdown begins. Parents apprentice their children and try to pass on the knowledge they'll need to keep the world running. But the last generation may not want to carry the legacy of their parents' world. And though they imagine a better, brighter future, they may not be able to escape humanity's dark instincts...

'China's answer to Arthur C. Clarke' THE NEW YORKER . 'Wildly imaginative, really interesting ... The scope of it was immense' BARACK OBAMA.
By:   Cixin Liu
Translated by:   Joel Martinsen
Imprint:   Head of Zeus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   UK Airports ed
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 145mm, 
ISBN:   9781788542395
ISBN 10:   1788542398
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   21 October 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Cixin Liu is China's #1 SF writer and author of The Three-Body Problem - the first ever translated novel to win a Hugo Award. Prior to becoming a writer, Liu worked as an engineer in a power plant in Yangquan. Joel Martinsen is the translator of The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu and (with Alice Xin Liu) of The Problem With Me, a collection of essays by Han Han. His translations of short fiction have appeared in Pathlight, Chutzpah, and Words Without Borders. He lives in Beijing.

Reviews for The Supernova Era

PRAISE FOR CIXIN LIU: 'A unique blend of scientific and philosophical speculation, politics and history, conspiracy theory and cosmology' George R.R. Martin. 'A marvellous melange of awe-inspiring scientific concepts, clever plotting and quirky yet plausible characters' TLS. 'Wildly imaginative, really interesting ... The scope of it was immense' Barack Obama. 'China's answer to Arthur C. Clarke' The New Yorker. 'A milestone in Chinese science fiction' New York Times.


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