Interpreting the Future: Ken Liu on Silkpunk and Sci-Fi

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Touted by Newsweek as “the man bringing Chinese science fiction to the West,” Ken Liu is one of the most original sci-fi/fantasy writers of his generation. His short stories have won a Nebula, two Hugos and a World Fantasy Award, and his Hugo Award-winning translation of Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem counts Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg among its many fans. In this talk, Liu will discuss with moderator Genevieve Hilton his body of work, his “silkpunk” fantasy aesthetic (which envisions alternate technologies inspired by East Asian antiquity) and his translation of Chinese science fiction.