The Weight of Memories

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The Weight of Memories

I would like to share a short sci-fi story written by Cixin Liu, a famous Chinese writer who won the 2015 Hugo Award for his novel The Three-Body Problem (2006). I like the whole series in which the novel appeared, so I hope that this short story, which shows the writer’s bounteous imagination and philosophical thinking, will evoke your interest in his other work. Though most of Cixin Liu’s work takes place in the context of Chinese society, the message that he wanted to convey with this story is universal to readers across countries and cultures. The story’s thoughts on the meaning of life and the future of humankind is so revealing; everyone can join this discussion as a human being. You probably shouldn’t read his books if you only expect to read beautiful words, but if you are curious about what a world larger than the universe in our current knowledge looks like, and what goes on there, you will like his hard sci-fi stories.

Zhaoxin Liu

PhD Student, Department of Spatial Economics

Read “The Weight of Memories” (2016) by Cixin Liu and Ken Liu at Tor.com:

www.tor.com/2016/08/17/the-weight-of-memories/

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