The Way Spring Arrives and other stories: collection by Yu Chen: Beautiful Diversity

In The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories, you can dine at a restaurant at the end of the universe, cultivate immortality in the high mountains, watch roses perform Shakespeare, or arrive at the island of the gods on the backs of giant fish to ensure that the world can bloom.

Written, edited, and translated by a female and nonbinary team, these stories have never before been published in English and represent both the richly complicated past and the vivid future of Chinese science fiction and fantasy.

Time travel to a winter’s day on the West Lake, explore the very boundaries of death itself, and meet old gods and new heroes in this stunning new collection.

In The Way Spring Arrives and other stories, this collection of translated stories are a beautiful diversity of folklore inspired fantasy, science fiction with intriguing ideas, and thought provoking essays. The Way Spring s. Each author’s story and the translator brings beautiful language and ideas that are all tied to the theme of diverse voices and ideas.

I loved the story about a restaurant at the edge of the universe. I was fascinated by the characters and the choices that they make, whether they watch roses perform Shakespeare or bring spring from the backs of giant fish or create a virtual child. Each story is written, edited, and translated by a female and nonbinary team, a team that expresses ideas with concepts that differ once translated to English. It changes how you think of diversity and how language changes our understanding of the world.

If you like collections of stories and essays that blend science fiction and fantasy, that change your perceptions, that create thought and new ideas, I recommend this book. It has beautiful stories full of wonderful ideas. It will fill you with wonder and is a beautiful diversity. 

Rating: 5 out 5 translations.

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