Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ken's New Publications

My husband Ken Liu is a lawyer by day and writer by night. He has some great news about his stories. I will summarize his news and then include links to stories that are available online later in this article.

Two of Ken's stories, "The Algorithms for Love" and "Single-Bit Error," have been translated into Chinese and published in the April issue of SCIENCE FICTION WORLD. With a monthly circulation of around 300,000, SFW is China's (and presumably the world's) most widely read science fiction periodical. These magazines have nice glossy covers, and a glossy centerfold, unlike any other genre fiction magazines I've seen here in the States, where they are mainly printed on cheap pulp. "Algorithms for Love" was also translated into Romanian last year.

"Algorithms for Love" was also included in the anthology, SCIENCE FICTION: STORIES AND CONTEXTS, edited by NYU professor of literature Heather Masri and published at the end of last year. This is one of the first anthologies of science fiction intended for classroom teaching. There are some great stories and context essays in there. Other names in the anthology include H.G. Wells, Ursula LeGuin, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, Robert Silverberg, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ted Chiang, and Connie Willis -- just to name a few to illustrate that he's in good company.

Finally, "Single-Bit Error" was also published this month in THOUGHTCRIME EXPERIMENTS, a new Creative Commons-licensed anthology of fiction and art edited by Sumana Harihareswara and Leonard Richardson.

I am really excited about the publication of "Single-Bit Error" because it is one of my favorite stories, and also because when Ken first wrote it in 2004, he was not able to find a publisher for it. I'm glad he didn't give up.

The THOUGHTCRIME EXPERIMENTS anthology is available on the web, as a print-on-demand book, or as a PDF download:

Here's the write-up about THOUGHTCRIME on BoingBoing:

If you are interested in reading these stories, the links to the English versions are included below:

"Single-Bit Error"

"The Algorithms for Love" -- STRANGE HORIZONS, an online sci-fi magazine, is where "Algorithms for Love" was first published in 2004, and other people (including those in Romania and China) read it here first and approached Ken for publication rights.

Ken's previous printed publications are listed below:

*"Beneath the Language" published online as a result of his first prize entry in the online short story contest ON THE PREMISES in July 2007.

*"Algorithms for Love"in YEAR'S BEST SF 10, published in 2005, edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer

*"State Change" in POLYPHONY 4, edited by Deborah Payne and Jay Lake, published in 2004.

*"Gossamer" in WRITERS OF THE FUTURE Volume XIX, 2003. This is an annual contest open to all new writers, and Ken was a finalist.

*"Carthagian Rose" in EMPIRE OF DREAMS AND MIRACLES, The Phobos Science Fiction Anthology, edited by Orson Scott Card and Keith Olexa, 2002.

Ken is also an avid blogger discussing a wide range of topics, including our travels, films, linguistics, politics, race, the law, computer programming, and our cats Apollo and Loki. His website is

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