Behind the Mic: On Vagabonds by Hao Jingfang and Ken Liu [Trans.], Read by Emily Woo Zeller
Jo Reed and Robin Whitten Discuss the Contemplative Science Fiction Novel From China
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In today’s episode, host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss Emily’s skills with world-building in Vagabonds by Chinese author Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu. A complex exploration of interplanetary diplomacy between Mars and Earth in 2201, it’s literary, contemplative science fiction with elegant prose. Emily balances the philosophical style with deliberate elegance and clarity, and her characterizations are consistent and multi-layered.
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