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Ball Lightning

Category: Book
By (author): Liu, Cixin
Translated By: Martinsen, Joel
Subject:  FICTION / Science Fiction / General
  FICTION / Science Fiction / Hard Science Fiction
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Tor/Forge
Published: November 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 9.25in x 6.12in

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From The Publisher*A new standalone military SF adventure from the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author . When Chen's parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of mysterious natural phenomenon. His search takes him to stormy mountaintops, an experimental military weapons lab, and an old Soviet science station. The more he learns, the more he comes to realize that ball lightning is just the tip of an entirely new frontier in particle physics. Although Chen's quest provides a purpose for his lonely life, his reasons for chasing his elusive quarry come into conflict with soldiers and scientists who have motives of their own: a beautiful army major with an obsession with dangerous weaponry, and a physicist who has no place for ethical considerations in his single-minded pursuit of knowledge. Ball Lightning, by award-winning Chinese science fiction author Cixin Liu, is a fast-paced story of what happens when the beauty of scientific inquiry runs up against a push to harness new discoveries with no consideration of their possible consequences. Tor Books By Cixin Liu The Remembrance of Earth's Past The Three-Body Problem The Dark Forest Death's End
Review Quote*Praise for The Three-Body Problem : Liu successfully interweaves hard science and adventure in this series debut." - The Washington Post "It is wonderful to read this state-of-the-art example of Chinese science fiction, which sweeps with an immense narrative energy from the historical trauma of the Cultural Revolution to the cosmic trauma of alien contact. Ken Liu's excellent translation combines fluid clarity with a continuous view into Chinese worldviews, adding to the fun and making this the best kind of science fiction, familiar but strange all at the same time. I hope we'll get to read more by Liu Cixin, and for now applaud this great entry." - Kim Stanley Robinson "
Biographical NoteCIXIN LIU is the most prolific and popular science fiction writer in the People's Republic of China. Liu is an eight-time winner of the Galaxy Award (the Chinese Hugo) and a winner of the Chinese Nebula Award. Prior to becoming a writer, he worked as an engineer in a power plant. His novels include The Three-Body Problem, The Dark Forest, and Death's End. Joel Martinsen is research director for a media intelligence company. His translations have appeared in Words Without Borders, Chutzpah!, and Pathlight . He lives in Beijing.