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Cixin Liu's Sea of Dreams
05 Aug 2021 * PAPERBACK * £14.99 * 9781800249974

Faced with the inevitable devastation and heat death of their planet, humankind must use their final breaths to fight for existence. Cixin Liu's 'Sea of Dreams' is now realised as a graphic novel for the first time.

Fiction / FX (Graphic Novels)
Extent: 98 pages  Format: 254 x 178 mm Illus: 100 integrated col
Exclusive: GB AU NZ IN ZA SG   Not for sale: CA US
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Cixin Liu's The Butterfly
Cixin Liu's The Circle
Cixin Liu's The Wandering Earth
Cixin Liu's The Village Teacher
Cixin Liu's Yuanyuan's Bubbles
Also in The Worlds of Cixin Liu series
Cixin Liu's Sea of Dreams: A Graphic NovelThe Worlds of Cixin Liu, 2by Cixin Liu, illustrated by JOK

An international collaboration involving 26 writers and illustrators from 14 different countries have transformed 15 of Cixin Liu's – 'China's answer to Arthur C. Clarke' (New Yorker) – award-winning stories into graphic novels.

It was the Ice and Snow Arts Festival that lured the low-temperature artist to Earth. Drawn by the beauty and technical skill of the sculptures displayed, the extraterrestrial visitor longed to collaborate and share its own art.

But while humans learnt to craft ice into exquisite ephemera, the low-temperature artist's civilisation mastered the manipulation of whole worlds to create artworks – drawing on the seas and ice caps, and cooling their temperature to beautiful effect.

Faced with the inevitable devastation and heat death of their planet, humankind must use their final breaths to fight for existence. But the artist will only speak to one human: Yan Dong, the ice sculptor whose beautiful work first drew its eye.

Praise for Cixin Liu:

'Your next favourite sci-fi novel' Wired

'Immense' Barack Obama

'Unique' George R.R. Martin

'SF in the grand style' Guardian

'Mind-altering and immersive' Daily Mail

'A milestone in Chinese science-fiction' New York Times

'China's answer to Arthur C. Clarke' New Yorker

Winner of the Hugo and Galaxy Awards for Best Novel

Cixin Liu is China's #1 SF writer and author of The Three-Body Problem – the first ever translated novel to win a Hugo Award. Prior to becoming a writer, Liu worked as an engineer in a power plant in Yangquan.
JOK was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has been working as a writer and artist since 1993. His work has been published in USA, England, Italy, France, Spain, Cyprus, Canada, China, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. He has run a studio along with his comrades-in-arms since 2001, splitting his time amongst several endeavours, including work-for-hire projects, creator-owned books, children's illustration, and colour work, as well as attending conventions all over the world, doing some writing, and never missing his weekly football game with friends and colleagues.

Cixin Liu's work has won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus and Galaxy Awards and Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, been praised by every major publication and public figures from Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg to George R.R. Martin and Michaela Coel, and sold more than 9 million copies worldwide.

Sales of graphic novels are growing year on year, with 2.3 million sold in the UK in 2019.

MARKET: Neal Stephenson; Arthur C. Clarke.

'The whole project offers a fascinating insight to a 'new' author, with the graphic novels serving as a gateway drug to a traditionally inaccessible voice in the realm of SFF' SciFiNow

The overall tone of this graphic novel well reflects Cixin Liu's thoughtful, measured pace... It mixes questions of philosophy with realistic characters and relationships. Quirky bits of humour glimmer here and there and an overall sense of optimism prevails. I am most definitely looking forward to the rest of the series' SF Crowsnest

Santullo and JOK do an impressive job in this version of Sea... The style of JOK works well with Cixin's source material. It feels like it's part of the same world. JOK also does a great job on the huge set pieces in the book. Sea is not just a musing on art, but has planetwide rocket launches that JOK captures in a few pages... Sea of Dreams is an interesting and entertaining graphic novel that poses questions, but also entertains the reader' SF Book Review

'A fascinating insight into the journey of how someone comes to terms with their own place in the world, understanding his values as both an artist and as a member of a wider society' SciFiNow

'A unique blend of scientific and philosophical speculation, politics and history, conspiracy theory and cosmology' George R.R. Martin

Wildly imaginative, really interesting... The scope of it was immense' Barack Obama

'A milestone in Chinese science fiction' New York Times

A marvellous mélange of awe-inspiring scientific concepts, clever plotting and quirky yet plausible characters... Exhilarating, mind-stretching' TLS

'China's answer to Arthur C. Clarke' The New Yorker

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