An unexplained natural phenomenon serves as a narrative force in Liu Cixin’s novel Ball Lightning, translated into English by Joel Martinsen.

Chinese science-fiction author Liu Cixin’s Ball Lightning rewards readers patient enough to navigate the techspeak

Flawed prelude to The Three-Body Problem, the sci-fi maestro’s major hit, asks the big questions but labours over small details

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An unexplained natural phenomenon serves as a narrative force in Liu Cixin’s novel Ball Lightning, translated into English by Joel Martinsen.
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James Kidd

James Kidd

James Kidd is a freelance writer based in Oxford, Britain. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Literary Review, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The National, Time Out and The Jerusalem Post among others. He hosts the This Writing Life podcast (thiswritinglife.co.uk), featuring interviews with writers such as Hanya Yanagihara, David Mitchell, Amit Chaudhuri and Meena Kandasamy, and co-hosts Lit Bits (litbits.co.uk), named by The Observer as one of its top three literary podcasts.