One of the world's most popular SF novels finally coming in English

How often does an English-language science fiction novel sell 400,000 copies? That's how many copies Liu Cixin's Three Body Trilogy has sold in Chinese — and at last, this pioneering work of science fiction about a civilization that lives in a trinary star system is coming out in English translation, thanks to… » 7/26/13 4:00pm 7/26/13 4:00pm

What's the rarest figure eight in the universe?

As many of you have noticed, the planet Earth has not been hurled into space or fallen into the sun. It just keeps orbiting in the solar system. It seems pretty simple, but this fact has baffled minds like Newton. That's because when you have more than two bodies in an orbiting system, they are inherently unstable.… » 1/10/13 12:22pm 1/10/13 12:22pm

Science fiction novels rule a China where development leaves people…

There's a great rundown of the current state of Chinese science fiction books over at Global Times. Among other things, this is the third boom in SF book publishing in China — the first two being the late 19th century, with translations of Jules Verne, and the second being the years right after the death of Mao and… » 1/07/13 4:04pm 1/07/13 4:04pm