The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories
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Bestselling author Ken Liu selects his multiple award-winning stories for a groundbreaking collection—including a brand-new piece exclusive to this volume.
With his debut novel, The Grace of Kings, taking the literary world by storm, Ken Liu now shares his finest short fiction in The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories. This mesmerizing collection features many of Ken’s award-winning and award-finalist stories, including: “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary” (Finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards), “Mono No Aware” (Hugo Award winner), “The Waves” (Nebula Award finalist), “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” (Nebula and Sturgeon Award finalists), “All the Flavors” (Nebula Award finalist), “The Litigation Master and the Monkey King” (Nebula Award finalist), and the most awarded story in the genre’s history, “The Paper Menagerie” (The only story to win the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards).
Insightful and stunning stories that plumb the struggle against history and betrayal of relationships in pivotal moments, this collection showcases one of our greatest and original voices.
back up such a blatant falsehood. But then he saw that they were all from families who owed a great deal of money to Hua Xiong. He felt as if the veins in his neck would burst if he didn’t speak. “I was the one—” “Chang Sheng, whatever happens, do not speak,” the Elder Guan shouted. “You must take care of your mother.” “Come,” the Intendant called out to his soldiers, “drive that lawless child and his unchaste mother from the yamen. I will not have them make a spectacle of my court.” To keep
traitors like you. On the Emperor’s authority, I hereby declare you guilty without appeal and sentence you to death. If you do not wish to suffer much longer, immediately confess the whereabouts of the book and the fugitives.” Tian felt his legs go rubbery and, for a moment, he saw only darkness and heard only an echo of the Blood Drop’s pronouncement: sentence you to death. I guess I’ve finally run out of tricks, he thought. You’ve already made your choice, said the Monkey King. Now you just
telescope pointed to around here right now, they’d be able to see Evan and me walking around Harvard Yard, back when we were graduate students. [She points to Massachusetts on the globe on her desk, as the camera pans to zoom in on it. She pauses, thinking over her words. The camera pulls back, moving us farther and farther away from the globe, as though we are flying away from it.] The best telescopes we have today can see as far back as about thirteen billion years ago. If you strap one of
silent walk. Lilly suddenly understood something. “Is that why you call yourself Teddy?” Teddy didn’t answer, but Lilly could see that his face was red. She tried to distract him from his embarrassment. “Maybe he’ll come back to coach someday.” “Williams was the best hitter ever. He’ll definitely show me how to improve my swing. But the guy they replaced him with, Carl Yaz, is really good too. Me and Yaz, someday we’ll beat the Yankees and take the Sox to the World Series.” Well, it is
leaving the Regulator on all the time. Maybe she should have started with “How’ve you been?” Finally, he speaks. “What is it?” The voice is restrained, but laced with exhausted, desiccated pain. “I’d like to use your NCIC access.” Another pause. “Why?” “I’m working on the Mona Ding case. I think this is a man who’s killed before and will kill again. He’s got a method. I want to see if there are related cases in other cities.” “That’s out of the question, Ruth. You know that. Besides,