'Like Ursula K. Le Guin rewriting The Lord of the Flies for the quantum age' NPR
'Cixin Liu is the author of your next favourite sci-fi novel' WIRED
Eight years ago and eight light years away, a supermassive star died.
Tonight, a supernova tsunami of high energy will finally reach Earth. Dark skies will shine bright as a new star blooms in the heavens and within a year everyone over the age of thirteen will be dead, their chromosomes irreversibly damaged.
And so the countdown begins.
Parents apprentice their children and try to pass on the knowledge they'll need to keep the world running.
But the last generation may not want to carry the legacy of their parents' world. And though they imagine a better, brighter future, they may not be able to escape humanity's dark instincts...
Head of Zeus * Science Fiction
22 Oct 2019 * 352pp * £4.99 * 9781788542418
'Enthralling ... This novel has the same studiously well-thought-out plot and situation, the same attention to detail and a similar holistic outlook as the 'Three Body' books ... Their personal journeys against the backdrop of huge social revolutions are touching and endlessly intriguing'
'A masterful opening sequence ... Liu is superb at creating drama from technical description'
'So absorbing ... Liu is particularly good at evoking the short-term loss, loneliness and panic ... He thin-slices the start of Supernova Era into tense minutes ... An extraordinary novel ... Continually thrilling, engaging and thought-provoking'
South China Morning Post
'A fascinating new novel from Cixin Liu, which has been described as The Lord of the Flies as written by fantasy great Ursula Le Guin'
Herald Sun (Australia)
Joel Martinsen is the translator of The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu and (with Alice Xin Liu) of The Problem With Me, a collection of essays by Han Han. His translations of short fiction have appeared in Pathlight, Chutzpah, and Words Without Borders. He lives in Beijing.