Supernova Era

Supernova Era


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From science fiction legend Cixin Liu, the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Three-Body Problem, comes a vision of the future that reads “like Ursula K Le Guin rewriting The Lord of the Flies for the quantum age.” (NPR).

In those days, Earth was a planet in space.
In those days, Beijing was a city on Earth.
On this night, history as known to humanity came to an end.

Eight light years away, a star has died, creating a supernova event that showers Earth in deadly levels of radiation. Within a year, everyone over the age of thirteen will die.

And so the countdown begins. Parents apprentice their children and try to pass on the knowledge needed to keep the world running.

But when the world is theirs, the last generation may not want to continue the legacy left to them. And in shaping the future however they want, will the children usher in an era of bright beginnings or final mistakes?

"This audacious and ultimately optimistic early work will give Liu's English-reading fans a glimpse at his evolution as a writer and give any speculative fiction reader food for deep thought."Shelf Awareness

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ISBN-13: 9781250306036
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 10/22/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 630,591
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

CIXIN LIU is a prolific and popular science fiction writer in the People's Republic of China. Liu is a winner of the Hugo Award and a multiple winner of the Galaxy Award (the Chinese Hugo) and the Xing Yun Award (the Chinese Nebula). His novels include The Three-Body Problem, The Dark Forest, and Death's End. He lives with his family in Yangquan, Shanxi.

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.

Table of Contents

Prologue 13

1 The Dead Star 17

The End 17

The Midnight Sun 23

2 The Selection 30

A World in a Valley 30

The State 51

3 The Great Learning 56

The World Classroom 56

The Chief of General Staff 73

MSG and Salt 81

4 Handing Over the World 88

Big Quantum 88

Dry Run of the New World 91

The Epoch Clock 96

The Supernova Era 104

5 The Era Begins 109

Hour One 109

Suspension 125

6 Inertia 138

Inspection 138

The National Assembly 143

A Country of Fun 152

Debate 164

7 Candytown 169

Dreamtime 169

Slumbertime 177

8 Candytown in America 188

The Ice Cream Banquet 188

Candytown in America 210

World Games 221

9 The Supernova War 225

Antarctica 225

Games of Blood and Iron 248

A Thousand Suns 274

The CE Mine 284

Counterattack 287

Blizzard 292

10 Genesis 303

A New President 303

A Visit 310

New World Games 313

The Exchange 317

The Decision 320

The Great Migration 324

Genesis 334

Epilogue: Blue Planet 336

Afterword 345

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