‘Alien, Hard Science Fiction’
This book describes a world quite alien to me: China from the 1960s onwards. I knew a little of the history, but not very much. This book gave me more of an appreciation of what went on.
I’m not a fan of translated books. They always feel a little clunky to me, which is understandable I suppose. Here the translator says it’s deliberate – the translator deliberately wanted to give readers ‘a glimpse of another culture’s patterns of thinking’. It worked, but I think I’d still prefer it if the text flowed a bit better.
The book itself is quite imaginative, and pretty ‘hard’ science fiction. I wonder where it’ll go next.