Worlds beyond imagination

Award-winning Chinese-American author Ken Liu.
Award-winning Chinese-American author Ken Liu.PHOTO: LI YIBO

Ken Liu's latest twist-filled sci-fi and fantasy anthology emphasises family and shared humanity

In the short story that opens this collection, Ghost Days, a man lectures his son on the difference between the Chinese characters for "world" and "word": a single extra curve.

"See how the universe is straightforward, but to understand it with intellect, to turn it into language, requires a sharp twist, a turn?"

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 07, 2020, with the headline 'Worlds beyond imagination'. Print Edition | Subscribe