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.
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.