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The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories: A Collection of Chinese Science Fiction and Fantasy in Translation from a Visionary Team of Female and Nonbinary Creators (Hardcover)

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"From a team of women and nonbinary creators, The Way Spring Arrives is an enthralling book of sci-fi and fantasy short fiction and essays by Chinese authors. While the stories themselves are not all queer, several of the authors are, and the content of the book is subversive and engaging. One story combines a tale of a formerly lavish Chinese nobleman fallen on hard times with the titular diner from Douglas Adams's Restaurant At The End of the Universe. The title story is a mythical allegory about eternal love and the changing seasons. This collection will appeal to fans of literature in translation, queer literature, and sci-fi/fiction readers alike." - Chloe

— From The Gay Book of the Week!


From an award-winning team of authors, editors, and translators comes a groundbreaking short story collection that explores the expanse of Chinese science fiction and fantasy.

In The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories, you can dine at a restaurant at the end of the universe, cultivate to immortality in the high mountains, watch roses perform Shakespeare, or arrive at the island of the gods on the backs of giant fish to ensure that the world can bloom.

Written, edited, and translated by a female and nonbinary team, these stories have never before been published in English and represent both the richly complicated past and the vivid future of Chinese science fiction and fantasy.

Time travel to a winter's day on the West Lake, explore the very boundaries of death itself, and meet old gods and new heroes in this stunning new collection.

About the Author

Yu Chen has been working on the publication of science fiction and fantasy for almost ten years. She has planned and established an SFF column “Tales from Nowhere,” organized and participated a number of SFF forums, conventions, workshops and conferences, and published more than ten SFF books, including “Hospital Trilogy” by Han Song (Hospital, Exorcism and Revenant) and The New Wave of Chinese Science Fiction: History, Poetics and Text by Song Mingwei. Exorcism won the Best Original Book Award of the 29th Galaxy Award of Chinese Science Fiction.

Regina Kanyu Wang is a bilingual writer from Shanghai who writes both in Chinese and English. She has won the SF Comet international short story competition and multiple Xingyun Awards for Global Chinese SF. Her stories can be found in various magazines and anthologies, as well as her collections, Of Cloud and Mist 2.2 and The Seafood Restaurant. She is the cofounder of SF AppleCore and the Overseas Market Director of Storycom, and will soon join the CoFUTURES project at the University of Oslo to research contemporary Chinese science fiction by female creators.

Praise For…

"Essential reading for anyone interested in a fuller picture of Chinese fiction as a whole."—Booklist, starred review

"With this impressive anthology, Chen and Wang bring together the first English translations of 17 Chinese-language stories by female and nonbinary writers. . . . Offers much to chew on."—Publishers Weekly

"An important anthology showcasing compelling voices and perspectives in science fiction and fantasy."—Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250768919
ISBN-10: 1250768918
Publisher: Tordotcom
Publication Date: March 8th, 2022
Pages: 400
Language: English