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Bestselling author Ken Liu selects his award-winning science fiction and fantasy tales for a groundbreaking collection—including a brand-new piece exclusive to this volume.

With his debut novel, The Grace of Kings, taking the literary world by storm, Ken Liu now shares his finest short fiction in The Paper Menagerie. This mesmerizing collection features all of Ken’s award-winning and award-finalist stories, including: “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary” (Finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards), “Mono No Aware” (Hugo Award winner), “The Waves” (Nebula Award finalist), “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” (Nebula and Sturgeon award finalists), “All the Flavors” (Nebula award finalist), “The Litigation Master and the Monkey King” (Nebula Award finalist), and the most awarded story in the genre’s history, “The Paper Menagerie” (The only story to win the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards).

A must-have for every science fiction and fantasy fan, this beautiful book is an anthology to savor.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "I know this is going to sound hyperbolic, but when I’m reading Ken Liu’s stories, I feel like I’m reading a once-in-a-generation talent. I’m in awe." Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
  • Questions of identity galvanize the 15 stories in this outstanding collection of fantastical fiction, giving them extraordinary gravity and resonance. In "Good Hunting," the human companion of a supernatural creature from Chinese folklore contrives an ingenious way to help her adapt to a steampunk future. The title tale (which swept the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards), in which a mother expresses love for her son through the magically animated origami animals she creates, is one of several in which the author uses Chinese-American experience to explore how all individuals assimilate into society. Whether writing about Asian culture and history, as in "The Literomancer" and "All the Flavors," or extraterrestrial civilizations, as in "The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species" and "An Advanced Reader's Picture Book of Comparative Cognition," Liu (The Grace of Kings) universalizes the experiences of his characters, who realize at some point, as the protagonist of "Mono No Aware" does, that "we are defined by the places that we hold in the web of others' lives." Gracefully written and often profoundly moving, these stories are high-water marks of contemporary speculative fiction. (Mar.) Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
  • These remarkable stories highlight Liu’s themes of family, love, and politics and gathered in one collection pack an even bigger punch. Those who revere shorter speculative works will definitely want this book. *STARRED REVIEW, Library Journal
  • Emotionally unpredictable, Liu's stories take off in unexpected directions and arrive at destinations both startling and satisfying. Shelf Awareness, *STARRED REVIEW
  • Liu’s wondrous tales eloquently explore the place where ordinary and the extraordinary meet. The Washington Post
  • There is a dark and sometimes shocking edge to some of these stories, but nearly all are provocative, and several are brilliant. The Chicago Tribune
  • Liu's book compiles brilliant stories written in several different, overlapping modes, a technically dazzling collection of compulsively readable narratives, presenting characters with agonizing moral dilemmas and never forgetting the heart. The Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee)
  • Liu’s talent in evoking atmosphere and culture make these tales more than stories – they’re journeys. If you’re looking to dream of another world, or reflect on our own, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of The Paper Menagerie. Muggle.net
  • “Reading Ken Liu’s stories, I feel like I’m reading a once-in-a-generation talent. I’m in awe.”

    Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Liu’s wondrous tales eloquently explore the place where ordinary and the extraordinary meet.”

    Washington Post

  • “There is a dark and sometimes shocking edge to some of these stories, but nearly all are provocative and several are brilliant.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Liu probes our ethical wounds, examining injustice and oppression from some uncomfortable angles. For readers unfamiliar with Liu’s debut, this new short-story collection offers an excellent introduction to his strengths.”

    Seattle Times

  • “[An] outstanding collection of fantastical fiction…Gracefully written and often profoundly moving, these stories are high-water marks of contemporary speculative fiction.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Corey Brill and Joy Osmanski[‘s] presentations are straightforward and engaged, permitting the intensity of the stories to evoke empathy in the listener. It’s a powerful combination…From science fiction to fantasy, each story is powerful in its simplicity.”

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