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Cixin Liu's The Village Teacher
05 Aug 2021 * PAPERBACK * £14.99 * 9781800249998

An interstellar war that has waged for thousands of years is coming to an end. The victor plans to perform the full-scale extermination of any low-intelligence lifeforms that remain in what is now his solar system. Cixin Liu's 'The Village Teacher' is now realised as a graphic novel for the first time.

Fiction / FX (Graphic Novels)
Extent: 110 pages  Format: 254 x 178 mm Illus: 100 integrated col
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Cixin Liu's The Village Teacher: A Graphic NovelThe Worlds of Cixin Liu, 3by Cixin Liu, illustrated by Zhang Xiaoyu

An international collaboration involving 26 writers and illustrators from 14 different countries have transformed 15 of Cixin Liu's – 'China's answer to Arthur C. Clarke' (New Yorker) – award-winning stories into graphic novels.

In the depths of mountains shrouded with ignorance and superstition, one man has dedicated his life to igniting a passion for maths and science in the hearts of the peasant children around him. Now his life is coming to its end, he draws his students around him so he can impart knowledge on them to his final breath.

All the while, in a far corner of outer space, fifty thousand light-years away, an interstellar war that has waged for thousands of years is coming to an end. The victor plans to perform the full-scale extermination of any low-intelligence lifeforms that remain in what is now his solar system.

In order to gauge the intelligence of a planet, the victor devises a test – posed to a group of lifeforms selected at random by a computer – of science and mathematics. On a green-and-blue planet nestled in a spiral arm of the Milky Way, the computer's selection falls to a group of children, in the depths of mountains shrouded with ignorance and superstition...

Praise for Cixin Liu:

'Your next favourite sci-fi novel' Wired

'Immense' Barack Obama

'Unique' George R.R. Martin

'SF in the grand style' Guardian

'Mind-altering and immersive' Daily Mail

'A milestone in Chinese science-fiction' New York Times

'China's answer to Arthur C. Clarke' New Yorker

Winner of the Hugo and Galaxy Awards for Best Novel

Cixin Liu is China's #1 SF writer and author of The Three-Body Problem – the first ever translated novel to win a Hugo Award. Prior to becoming a writer, Liu worked as an engineer in a power plant in Yangquan.
Zhang Xiaoyu is a Chinese graphic novel artist. He is one of few Chinese graphic novel artists to have achieved international influence, and has served a great contribution to revitalising the form in China and disseminating Chinese culture in the wider world. His work has been recognised with prices both in China and globally.

Cixin Liu's work has won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus and Galaxy Awards and Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, been praised by every major publication and public figures from Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg to George R.R. Martin and Michaela Coel, and sold more than 9 million copies worldwide.

Sales of graphic novels are growing year on year, with 2.3 million sold in the UK in 2019.

MARKET: Neal Stephenson; Arthur C. Clarke.

The illustrations by Zhang Xiaoyu have a wonderful earthy quality to them... This adaptation by Zhang Xiaoyu has masterfully captured the human qualities that Cixin Liu is so good at illustrating with words... It's another great adaptation in this series of graphic novels based on Cixin Liu's works, faithfully presenting his vision in a new format that adds depth and pathos. It is a highly effective and enjoyable version of this tale' SF Crowsnest

'The whole project offers a fascinating insight to a 'new' author, with the graphic novels serving as a gateway drug to a traditionally inaccessible voice in the realm of SFF' SciFiNow

'A unique blend of scientific and philosophical speculation, politics and history, conspiracy theory and cosmology' George R.R. Martin

Wildly imaginative, really interesting... The scope of it was immense' Barack Obama

'A milestone in Chinese science fiction' New York Times

A marvellous mélange of awe-inspiring scientific concepts, clever plotting and quirky yet plausible characters... Exhilarating, mind-stretching' TLS

'China's answer to Arthur C. Clarke' The New Yorker

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