Episode 159 | Ken Liu Interview

Ken Liu Interview

Episode 159 | Ken Liu Interview


Ken Liu Interview

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Ken Liu is the author of the Silkpunk book The Grace of Kings and the new sequel The Wall of Storms. Ken also is a prolific short fiction writer and has translated numerous stories from Chinese to English, even getting a mention from President Obama.

In this episode Ken talks about growing up in China before coming to the USA, computer programming and the law, speculative fiction, the importance of story telling, the line between science fiction and fantasy, and much more.

Comment below to enter the drawing!

I’m giving away a Grace of Kings audiobook! Comment in the show notes that you listened and I’ll draw from the entries on Feb. 2, 2017.

About Ken:

Ken Liu (http://kenliu.name) is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places.

Ken’s debut novel, THE GRACE OF KINGS (2015), is the first volume in a silkpunk epic fantasy series, The Dandelion Dynasty. It won the Locus Best First Novel Award and was a Nebula finalist. He subsequently published the second volume in the series, THE WALL OF STORMS (2016) as well as a collection of short stories, THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES (2016)

In addition to his original fiction, Ken is also the translator of numerous literary and genre works from Chinese to English. His translation of THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM, by Liu Cixin, won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015, the first translated novel ever to receive that honor. He also translated the third volume in Liu Cixin’s series, DEATH’S END (2016) and edited the first English-language anthology of contemporary Chinese science fiction, INVISIBLE PLANETS (2016).

He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

Ken’s Amazon page

*photo of Ken courtesy of Lisa Tang Liu, photographer.

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  1. Once again Hank Garner does a great interview! With my all time favorite short story author Ken Liu… I have yet to read his novel, but this wets my appetite… it would be great to win the audible version!

    1. Author

      Glad you enjoyed it Carla. The novel is amazing. You’ll love it.

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