Ball Lightning

Category: Book
By (author): Liu, Cixin
Translated By: Martinsen, Joel
Subject:  FICTION / Science Fiction / General
  FICTION / Science Fiction / Hard Science Fiction
  FICTION / Science Fiction / Military
Audience: general/trade
Awards: NPR Best Book of the Year (2018) Long-listed
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Guide to the 100 Best Books of the Year (2018) Long-listed
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Published: June 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 9.25in x 6.12in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

One of the foundational novels by beloved science fiction author Cixin Liu, Ball Lightning is a stunning tale of physics, ethics, and one man's journey for answers that may come at too high a cost.

When Chen's parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of this mysterious natural phenomenon. His search takes him to stormy mountaintops, an experimental military weapons lab, and an old Soviet science station.

The more he learns, the more he comes to realize that ball lightning is just the tip of an entirely new frontier. While Chen's quest for answers gives purpose to his lonely life, it also pits him against soldiers and scientists with motives of their own: a beautiful army major with an obsession with dangerous weaponry, and a physicist who has no place for ethical considerations in his single-minded pursuit of knowledge.

Review Quote*

"Wildly imaginative, really interesting." ?President Barack Obama on the Three-Body Problem trilogy

"A breakthrough book . . . a unique blend of scientific and philosophical speculation, politics and history, conspiracy theory and cosmology." -George R. R. Martin, on The Three Body Problem

"Extraordinary." -The New Yorker, on The Three Body Problem

"Remarkable, revelatory and not to be missed." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on The Three Body Problem

"A must-read in any language." -Booklist, on The Three Body Problem

"A meditation on technology, progress, morality, extinction, and knowledge that doubles as a cosmos-in-the-balance thriller.... a testament to just how far [Liu's] own towering imagination has taken him: Far beyond the borders of his country, and forever into the canon of science fiction. - NPR, on Death's End

"The best kind of science fiction, familiar but strange all at the same time." -- Kim Stanley Robinson, on The Three Body Problem

Biographical Note

CIXIN LIU is a prolific and popular science fiction writer in the People's Republic of China. Liu is a winner of the Hugo Award and a multiple winner of the Galaxy Award (the Chinese Hugo) and the Xing Yun Award (the Chinese Nebula). He lives with his family in Yangquan, Shanxi.

Liu is the author of The Remembrance of Earth's Past Trilogy (The Three-Body Problem, The Dark Forest, Death's End), and Ball Lightning.

JOEL MARTINSEN (translator) is research director for a media intelligence company. His translations have appeared in Words Without Borders and Pathlight. He lives in Edinburgh.