Introduction: China dreams / by Ken Liu -- Chen Quifan. The year of the rat ; The fish of Lijiang ; The flower of Shazui -- Xia Jia. A hundred ghosts parade tonight ; Tongtong's summer ; Night journey of the Dragon-horse -- Ma Boyong. The city of silence -- Hao Jingfang. Invisible planets ; Folding Beijing -- Tang Fei. Call girl -- Cheng Jingbo. Grave of the fireflies -- Liu Cixin. The circle ; Taking care of God -- Essays : The worst of all possible universes and the best of all possible earths: Three-body and Chinese science fiction -- The torn generation: Chinese science fiction in a culture in transition -- What makes Chinese science fiction Chinese?
Award-winning translator and author Ken Liu presents a collection of short speculative fiction from China. Some stories have won awards; some have been included in various 'Year's Best' anthologies; some have been well reviewed by critics and readers; and some are simply Ken's personal favorites. Many of the authors collected here (with the obvious exception of Liu Cixin) belong to the younger generation of 'rising stars'