Sunday, 8 December 2019

Chen Qiufan

Author Website | Reviews | Bibliography & Rights Information

Novels
Waste Tide (Tor, 2019)

REVIEWS

For WASTE TIDE

“WASTE TIDE, originally published in China in 2013, is an ambitious exploration of a global throwaway culture. … Despite having been published six years ago, the novel is filled with fresh ideas about what happens when everything — tradition, culture, even human beings — is disposable.”
The Washington Post
“The waste is hellish in more than one sense. Much of it, in Mr. Chen’s horrifying vision, will come in the near future from prosthetic implants, artificial cochleas, breast implants and the other self-enhancements of the developed world.”
“The author patiently engineers… ingredients and personalities into a nightmarish conflict while showing a particular talent for writing viscerally gripping action.”
Kirkus
Starred Review!
“The author patiently engineers… ingredients and personalities into a nightmarish conflict while showing a particular talent for writing viscerally gripping action.”
Publishers Weekly
Starred Review!
“A sci-fi blockbuster with mob bosses, robots and a powerful virus… downright prescient.”
Shelf Awareness
“Smart, relevant, and propulsive: this is what sci-fi was made for.”
“Part eco-thriller and part techno-thriller… [Chen Qiufen] does a nice job of using technology to drive action and make readers think about the choices we make as a society and how they can affect others.”
“Already an award winner in China, this book is likely to draw comparisons to Cixin Liu’s The Three Body Problem and Kim Stanley Robinson’s New York 2140 and is a provocative addition to the growing corpus of Chinese speculative fiction and near-future and realist sf as a whole.”
Library Journal

“An accomplished eco-techno-thriller with heart and soul as well as brain. Chen Qiufan is an astute observer, both of the present world and of the future that the next generation is in danger of inheriting.”

—David Mitchell,
New York Times bestselling author of Cloud Atlas

“The pinnacle of near-future science fiction.”

—Cixin Liu,
Hugo Award-winning author of The Three Body Problem

“In a 21st Century waste land—the world’s center for electronic recycling—where the excesses of global consumption, Chinese triads, international corporations, and environmental groups collide, Chen weaves a stunning tale of greed and deftly exposes all the hidden contours of the human heart.”

—Maggie Shen King,
author of An Excess Male

“Filled with wonderful invention, compelling characters and a whirlpool of story, Waste Tide is an urgently-needed, thought-provoking wild ride of a novel. I couldn’t put it down.”

—Lavie Tidhar,
author of Central Station

“Something startlingly new… an action-packed story that’s full of moral complexity. This is the futuristic vision that everybody needs right now.”

—Charlie Jane Anders,
author of All the Birds in the Sky

“If stones could scream they would sound like Chen Qiufan. Waste Tide is a work of spoiled and toxic beauty, a tale of money, metal and transmigration that lays bare the global marketplace’s broken condition. It’s more than a timely eco-thriller (though it’s certainly that); it’s a dark mirror held up to our anthropocene selves.”

—Simon Ings

“A hard-hitting, uncompromising look at the near future”

—Adrian Tchaikovsky

BIBLIOGRAPHY & RIGHTS INFORMATION

Novels
WASTE TIDE (Tor, 2019)