Cixin Liu: Child pushes and other global movements |

At least since Barack Obama or Mark Zuckerberg publicly recommended his stories to read, Chinese sci-fi author Cixin Liu is no longer completely unknown in the West, and his 2015 Hugo Award has also made him a name among friends of future literature. Now, however, Cixin Liu is not …

At least since Barack Obama or Mark Zuckerberg publicly recommended his stories to read, Chinese sci-fi author Cixin Liu is no longer completely unknown in the West, and his 2015 Hugo Award has also made him a name among friends of future literature. Now, however, Cixin Liu is not a nerd writer, but an author who, with an original approach to topics in the style of Philip K. Dick, certainly has potential for a wider audience. The Splitter-Verlag wants to make the Chinese better known with a series of comedic adaptations of its most subtle short stories.

“The Walking Earth” tells, for example, how our planet can only avoid an impending solar explosion by converting it into a giant spaceship – and addresses the scientific doubts and social components of drastic environmental change.

“Yuanyuan Bubbles”, on the other hand, tells the story of a wealthy scientist who, following a childhood instinct, made extensive research into giant soap bubbles – here the author addresses the question of knowing who should actually determine or actually determine what humanity is devoting its research resources to.

The volumes published so far are sumptuous and deserve to be seen in the classic style of Franco-Belgian comics. It doesn’t matter if they behaved a bit well – that leaves a lot of room for strong Cixin Liu stories.

Books

Christophe Bec, Stefano Raffaele: “Cixin Liu: La Terre vagabonde”, 128 pages, 25 euros

Valérie Mangin, Steven Dupré: “Cixin Liu: the bubbles of Yuanyuan”, 64 pages, 17 euros.

Both albums were released by Splitter-Verlag.

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