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How you gonna turn though? Turn them a bit and you can stop the earth rotating and maneuver it. Why do it though? Seems like a shit-tonne of work. Alien invasion? Galactic war? Maybe the sun blowing up or some shit. Explodey sun problem. Gives us a few centuries warning to prep, build the engines. Gotta move the Earth to a new solar system, a nicer climate, could take a couple thousand years to get there. Give me that. Cavemen explore the galaxy!
Yabba-dabba-deep space!! The human race escapes the exploding sun by launching Earth into the galaxy! The greatest engineering project of all time! You should write it up. A bong fantasy. View all 10 comments. Mar 24, Claudia rated it it was amazing Shelves: sci-fi , z-to-a-cixin , loose-short-stories.
Back to the story, the Sun is about to become a red giant and humanity must find a way to survive. The novelette is one of the best I read so far. All stories in it are excellent. View 2 comments. Aug 19, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: space-opera , sci-fi , worldbuilding-sf. If I had been thinking, "What I really need right now is an awesome Big-Idea story that turns the earth into an inter-solar spaceship, reminding me pleasantly of some of the early Stephen Baxter tales," then after reading this, I'd say, "Holy shit!
Liu Cixin turned a great tale, following lifetime If I had been thinking, "What I really need right now is an awesome Big-Idea story that turns the earth into an inter-solar spaceship, reminding me pleasantly of some of the early Stephen Baxter tales," then after reading this, I'd say, "Holy shit! Liu Cixin turned a great tale, following lifetime of one man from childhood to old age as the world prepared against the expected helium flash and transformation of our sun to a red giant, much earlier than anticipated.
It was short enough not to need much in the way of characterization, but it was sprinkled generously, anyway, but what character truly broke free from the story was the Earth, itself. What a delight! I've read a number of Big-Idea stories and I've loved them all, but this one happened to stay pretty damn close to scientific reality and possibility, even if the amount of cooperation and effort was truly staggering.
I heartily recommend this story! View all 4 comments. Apr 17, Alina rated it really liked it Shelves: sf-and-hard-sf , asian , space-opera , short-stories. The sun is about to expand into a red giant, so humanity decides to move the Earth towards the orbit of Proxima Centauri.
I won't say how and if the threat is real, you have to read to find out : Thanks, Claudia , for reminding me to read this before I will see the movie! View all 3 comments. Apr 23, Odo rated it it was amazing. Liu Cixin is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Cixin's imagination is astonishing. The images in his works are absolutely striking. His ability to provoke powerful emotions in the reader, without equal. In The Wandering Earth, our planet is in extreme danger.
The Sun has become unstable and it's been predicted that, in a few years, a helium flash will completely burn all the planets of the solar system.
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Under the Unity Government, all the nations of Earth have been working for centuries with an only goal: transforming the planet into a giant spaceship and setting it on a thousands-years-long journey in search of a new sun. At the beginning of this novella, we witness the first phase of this transformation.
The Earth Engines, gigantic devices higher than the Everest, have stopped the planet and will soon set it in motion on its interstellar voyage. In four chapters and only 50 pages, Liu Cixin manages to tell a wonderful story of struggle and endurance. We see wonders and destruction, marvels and despair. Because these are times of hardness and dire necessity, but also of hope. In the Pre-Solar Age nobility meant money, power or talent, but now one must only hold to hope. Hope is the gold and the jewels of this age.
I can't recommend The Wandering Earth highly enough. This is science fiction at its best. A tale full of sense of wonder, but also of deep human emotions: melancholy, grief and utter faith in the capability of humanity to overcome even the biggest obstacles. I confess that, after finishing reading this novella, I had to restrain myself from beginning another Liu Cixin's story.
Because there is just one flaw in The Wandering Earth: it is far too short! Here's hoping that more of his work gets translated into English. And soon, please! View all 7 comments. Aug 08, Efka rated it really liked it Shelves: short-stories. A really good and interesting idea, but a really cheesy ending ruined the experience a bit. Still, that was enough to peak my interest in a movie which is based on this book and released a couple months ago. Probably I'll watch it. May 01, Sue Moro rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi , apocalyptic.
The Wandering Earth is a sci-if novella in which the Sun is going to explode and drastic measures are needed to save humanity. The Earth is turned into a giant spaceship in which it will be propelled out of the solar system and towards Proxima Centauri the nearest star. The story is told from the point of view of an unnamed narrator and it spans his lifetime.
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He was born in one of the underground cities and never saw the Sun until on a class trip around the Earth. All of the children are terrifi The Wandering Earth is a sci-if novella in which the Sun is going to explode and drastic measures are needed to save humanity. All of the children are terrified of the glowing giant fearing it could explode at any moment. Through the course of his life he describes Earth's journey as it makes numerous ever expanding elliptical orbits around the Sun in order to build up enough speed to reach Proxima Centauri.
The forces of the Earth engines cause a lot of stress on the planet triggering earthquakes and other catastrophes. Being only 50 pages in length, the story at times seemed rushed and there wasn't a lot of time spent on characterization. Earth in a sense was the main protagonist of the story and rightly so. I felt a bit confused by some of the science and had a difficult time imagining how the Earth engines would look on the planet. I enjoyed the prose which at times did have a poetic sense about it.
Overall I think it was very intriguing and entertaining for a quick read. May 02, Daniel rated it really liked it Shelves: best-book , sci-fi. In , Liu Cixin released The Three-Body Problem , an astonishing and groundbreaking sci-fi novel where he plants the seed of space war on one place that's familiar to all of us: the Earth. For an epic war, The Three-Body Problem is quiet. There's no rattling spaceships or blinding laser gun or clanking robots as Liu writes the book from the perspective of present-day human. Yet, the most impressive thing about the book is how Liu manages to elaborate the social impact of an alien invasion from the eye of human beings and aliens from planet Trisolaris in Alpha Centauri, convincing us that the closest star from us is inhabited by rapacious aliens.
The Wandering Earth , written seven years earlier and adapted to a movie twelve years later the movie, anyway, is a big success in China and now is distributed internationally by Netflix , seems to contradict that notion. In this novella, set in centuries from now, Liu starts from a simple idea: what happens when Sun dies and becomes a red giant that will swallow its nearby planets, including Earth? It's been executed, though from simpler premise, by typical apocalyptic Hollywood movies before, such as Knowing or , but nothing can prepare me for the ambitious and wild The Wandering Earth.
He conjectures the idea of moving the whole planet Earth, making it as space shuttle which can travel at 0. If the plan succeeded, it would take thousands of years and hundreds of generations before the Earth finally settling in and revolving its new star. But this process would create an uninhabitable earth's surface, and our main character, caught amid all the disasters, was forced to hide in an underground city as he watched the earth that he knew gradually changed. The Wandering Earth is still filled with complicated technical stuff and Liu's goddamn good at it.
His confidence jumps out from each of his words. However, he never loses his humane touch and vision--it's something that, I believe, becomes his trademark in the future, as he knows that all this technology advancement will create a social implication. From the eyes of our protagonist, Liu is able to describe the paranoia, confusion, and uncertainty that plague the humanity during the crisis.
It lasted for several decades, and while our main character grew up, we can also understand and learn his restlessness and perspective. In a way, you can see The Wandering Earth as a bildungsroman where we can see the change of standpoint of our main character regarding this issue.
This novella is split into four sections in the book, it's called era and three quarter of it are filled with bleakness and hopelessness. The humanity is divided and devoured by disasters volcano eruptions, tsunamis, meteors , procreation is limited, and the future does not seem so bright. Despite that, the book emphasizes that when faith has gone and nothing to hold on to, hope is actually humanity's greatest and most valuable treasure. Its sentimentality reminds me of Ken Liu's outstanding Memories of My Mother which also involves an impact of space travel.
In the last section, The Wandering Era , as our main character had grown old and had tasted all the pain and the worst thing had passed, it's ended by the protagonist's understanding that he definitely wouldn't enjoy the fruit of his labor, neither would his great-grandchildren, as the journey will last for several thousands year. He's not filled with bitterness, it's mostly hopefulness instead, because he knew that in the end humanity will still persist.
Oct 09, Angela rated it really liked it Shelves: dystopian-apocalyptic , science-fiction , short-stories-novellas , read , ebooks. This was a really well written short story that chronicles the death of the Sun and how the last residents of Earth change the trajectory of the planet's orbit in order to survive. Liu's prose is beautiful and poetical and the world-building simply fantastic making it a really good science-fiction story.
Based on this short story, I would definitely be interested in reading more from this author. Jan 08, Thant Zin Kyaw rated it it was amazing. Solid 5 out of 5. I almost cry at the end of story. Jan 30, Louise rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi , apocalyptic. I forgot where I got The Wandering Earth, but it has been sitting on my kindle for more than a year. It's a short read, so I'm not sure why I didn't start it sooner. The premise is that scientists discover that the sun will die in years and swallow up all the planets in its inner orbit, including Earth, in the process.
To ensure survival, the people of Earth decide to find a nearby star for its new sun and somehow propel Earth out of its current orbit, out of the solar system, and toward I forgot where I got The Wandering Earth, but it has been sitting on my kindle for more than a year. To ensure survival, the people of Earth decide to find a nearby star for its new sun and somehow propel Earth out of its current orbit, out of the solar system, and toward this new sun.
This may sound very scientific and space-travel-like, but the story itself is more about the people on earth. I especially liked the rich descriptions of the different phases of this new elliptical orbit Earth has to take as it gets ready to exit the solar system. The way Earth's atmosphere and topography changes was surreal, as was the fact that most coastal cities become destroyed because of foot waves. One thing that was nagging me was, how did Honolulu, Hawaii end up surviving if the polar ice caps all melted and most coastal cities are underwater?
For how much I put off reading this book, I enjoyed it immensely. The writing has a poetic feel to it and everything feels like it's being seen through a dimmer filter. Jan 19, Bim Santos rated it really liked it. Fairly entertaining stories all throughout, but giving this four stars only because it's hard to surpass the majesty of his Three-Body trilogy. Overall, this collection serves as a neat Liu Cixin starter kit filled with luscious tales that though may be peppered with high-minded SF thought experiments has enough pull in terms of plot and characterization to draw you to the next page and the next over and over, even for someone like me with just a pedestrian working knowledge of science.
Aug 29, Lynda rated it it was ok Shelves: science-fiction. I was able to download this short story for free from Amazon. The premise seems interesting - the sun is set to explode and instead of trying to build thousands of spaceships to transport humanity over many generations to another inhabitable planet, they've instead decided to turn the entire Earth into a spaceship by building "Earth Engines.
Therefore, the science in this short story is wholly unbelievable, but it's just the kind of over the top drama that would make a Hollywood blockbuster. There's no character development at all. The story is merely an idea poorly fleshed out. The progression is choppy and segues occur which make absolute no sense at all. For example, the narrator is talking to an officiant and is surprised to learn the Earth is about to be pelted from going through a rough, thick spot of an asteroid belt.
Yet he turns right around only a couple paragraphs later! The first chapter or two have a nice pace and set up an interesting story, despite the inability to suspend disbelief. It goes downhill from there with its pacing issues and dramatic things happening for no good reason of plot advancement.
The ending was entirely rushed and the "conflict" of the story lasted only a page or two and was senseless. Interesting idea, but terrible pacing and characters, plus way too many noticeable plot holes. View 1 comment. Feb 01, Edward Rathke rated it it was amazing. Brilliant novella with one of the most interesting concepts I've ever encountered.
I really can't say enough about Liu Cixin. Everything I'm reading by him is sort of groundbreaking in very different ways. Huge concepts at work here and just so much fun. Or, not fun, since this is kind of pessimistic but also so true to life.
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He takes on mob rule, revolution, and how time can make a serious catastrophe no longer seem to matter. Oct 10, Erin rated it did not like it Shelves: kindle-free. Reading this book was like attending a lecture on a really interesting topic given by a really boring person who speaks only in a monotone voice. It had a lot of potential but it was a chore to read.
Feb 20, Matthew rated it it was amazing. When my Chinese girlfriend started raving about the recent hit blockbuster film "The Wandering Earth", my first instinct was to check if it was based on a book or not. Sure enough, here is the original book, this magnificent short story by Liu Cixin. I was able to read it in one day and it was time very well spent. My review in two thoughts: 1. It tells the tale of a future Earth that is in danger When my Chinese girlfriend started raving about the recent hit blockbuster film "The Wandering Earth", my first instinct was to check if it was based on a book or not.
It tells the tale of a future Earth that is in danger when the Sun starts moving out of a main-sequence star the life sustaining kind and into a supergiant the life consuming kind! When that happens, the inner planets of the solar system will be engulfed and hence destroyed. Rather than building space ships to conduct an exodus from Earth, the global government decides to build massive Earth engines to take our planet out of our solar system and to the nearest solar system with an appropriate star, so life on Earth can continue and humanity can survive.
The book comprises four chapters that cover various stages of this planetary exodus. I highly recommend this book and am curious to watch the movie in a few months to see what parts of the book they kept. The book covered several generations of time and the movie is surely to cover just a small part of that if I'm judging correctly from the trailer, focusing on the part when Earth is trying to achieve escape velocity from the Sun.
Sep 06, Stefanos rated it it was amazing. Even though Cixin Liu is not the greatest storyteller of all times, his imagination and original ideas more than make up for it. The fact that he is Chinese is an extra advantage to all westerners, because his stories are even more original, more poetic, less "American" so to say. Action Comedy Mystery. Tang and Qin team up to solve a murder in New York's Chinatown.
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Goodbye Mr. Loser Donkey Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Jing Wu Liu Peiqiang Chuxiao Qu Liu Qi Guangjie Li Wang Lei Man-Tat Ng Han Ziang Jin Mai Jaho Han Duoduo Mike Kai Sui Tim Hongchen Li Zhang Xiaoqiang Jingjing Qu Zhou Qian Yichi Zhang Li Yiyi Haoyu Yang He Lianke Zhigang Jiang Zhao Zhigang Huan Zhang Huang Ming Jiayin Lei Yi Ge Arkadiy Sharogradskiy Makalov Hao Ning Edit Storyline The sun is dying out.
Edit Details Country: China. Runtime: min. Sound Mix: Dolby Atmos. Color: Color. Edit Did You Know? Trivia Despite some cues share similarities to Interstellar and The Dark Knight Rises, the score wasn't composed by Hans Zimmer, it was Roc Chen who composed the incidental music for this film. Q: Why not just build gigantic spaceships like the ones in "Interstellar"? Q: Who's this original writer: Liu CiXin? Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Report this.
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