Books to read after Wandering Earth?
November 21, 2017 8:10 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for sci fi short story compilation recommendations. I've read Wandering Earth by Liu Cixin, which I really enjoyed for it's engaging read and what felt like fresh topics to me. Are there others that folks would recommend? Hoping to curl up with a book this Thanksgiving.
posted by ellerhodes to Writing & Language (4 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by “James Tiptree Jr.” (Alice Bradley) is one of the best collections of sci-fi short stories i’ve read.
posted by D.C. at 8:24 PM on November 21, 2017 [1 favorite]

Compared to The Wandering Earth, I guess The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto is at least a match for engaging translated SF that feels fresh even though a lot of it was written a good while back.

Thinking more generically, the Locus Award honors both anthologies and collections, so you might find something you like on its recent lists of finalists, e.g. for 2015, 2016, and 2017. If you have a way to curl up with web-based fiction, you might look at the tag sff2017 for the stories I found interesting in the first half of 2017 (along with two good stories posted by other folks), or you might consider similar lists from Charles Payseur, Maria Haskins, or Rocket Stack Rank.
posted by Wobbuffet at 8:56 PM on November 21, 2017 [1 favorite]

Jonathan Strahan has a number of anthologies in "The Infinity Project." The first one I've read was "Edge of Infinity," a variety of stories about mankind spreading throughout the solar system, largely hard SF. "Edge" was a big-time award-winner, as were some of its stories. The other books include "Engineering Infinity" (not relaly a strong theme, but mostly winners), "Reach for Infinity" has humanity heading out for other stars, and "Bridging Infinity" has big-scale jaw-dropping contraptions.

Most of the writers are well known, and these books contain a number of shorts that exist in the same universe as other works by the same writer, e.g. "Drive," set in the Expanse universe of James S.A. Corey, or "Bit Rot," set in (MeFi's own) Charles Stross' "Saturn's Children" series.

Ken Liu, who translates Cixin Liu's works, has his own compilation called "The Paper Menagerie," which is a mix of SF and urban fantasy stories, as far as the works I know of so far. The titular story had me crying in the rain the other day, listening on LeVar Burton's podcast.
posted by Sunburnt at 10:51 PM on November 21, 2017 [1 favorite]

Thank you all! I've embarked on Edge of Infinity, but will note the other books mentioned after. :)
posted by ellerhodes at 7:22 PM on November 25, 2017

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