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Ball Lightning
By (author): Cixin Liu Translated by: Joel Martinsen
9780765394071 Hardcover, Dust jacket English General Trade FICTION / Science Fiction / Hard Science Fiction Aug 14, 2018 Print Run: 50000
$37.99 CAD
Active 6.42 x 9.48 x 1.24 in 384 pages Tor/Forge Tor Books
 
NPR Best Book of the Year 2018, Long-listed Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Guide to the 100 Best Books of the Year 2018, Long-listed

From theNew York Timesbestselling author of the Three-Body Trilogy, Cixin Liu'sBall Lightning is the story of what happens when the beauty of scientific inquiry runs up against the drive to harness new discoveries with no consideration of their possible consequences.

When Chen’s parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of this 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. While Chen’s quest for answers gives purpose to his lonely life, it also pits him against soldiers and scientists with 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.

"Wildly imaginative."—Barack Obama on The Three-Body Problem trilogy

Tor books by Cixin Liu

The Remembrance of Earth's Past
#1 The Three-Body Problem
#2 The Dark Forest
#3 Death's End

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). He lives with his family in Yangquan, Shanxi.

JOEL MARTINSEN (translator) is research director for a media intelligence company. His translations have appeared inWords Without Borders andPathlight. He lives in Edinburgh.

"Wildly imaginative, really interesting." -President Barack Obamaon the Three-Body Problem trilogy

A breakthrough book . . . a unique blend of scientific and philosophical speculation, politics and history, conspiracy theory and cosmology.” —George R. R. Martin, onThe Three Body Problem

Extraordinary.” —The New Yorker,onThe Three Body Problem

“Remarkable, revelatory andnot to be missed.”—Kirkus Reviews,starred review,onThe Three Body Problem

"Amust-read in any language.” —Booklist,onThe Three Body Problem

"A meditation on technology, progress, morality, extinction, and knowledge that doubles as a cosmos-in-the-balance thriller.... a testament to just how far [Liu's] own towering imagination has taken him: Far beyond the borders of his country, andforever into the canon of science fiction. -NPR, onDeath's End

"The best kind of science fiction, familiar but strange all at the same time." -- Kim Stanley Robinson,onThe Three Body Problem

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