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Head of Zeus
The Supernova Era
The Supernova Era by Cixin Liu, translated by Joel Martinsen

'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 * £6.99 * 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'
SF Crowsnest
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)
Cixin Liu
Cixin Liu
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.
ALSO BY Cixin Liu
The Wandering Earth
Ball Lightning
Remembrance of Earth's Past
Of Ants and Dinosaurs
Hold Up the Sky
The Three-Body Problem
Cixin Liu's The Wandering Earth
The Dark Forest
Cixin Liu's Sea of Dreams
Death's End
Cixin Liu's The Village Teacher
Cixin Liu's Yuanyuan's Bubbles

Joel Martinsen

Joel Martinsen
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.
ALSO BY Joel Martinsen
Ball Lightning
Remembrance of Earth's Past
The Dark Forest