China during the Cultural Revolution, circa 1971. Photo: Alamy

The Supernova Era cements Cixin Liu’s position as leader of the sci-fi pack

  • Absorbing story of children ruling China after adults die out in a cosmic event looks at the perils of play and has echoes in today’s generational conflicts
  • Liu’s first novel was published in Chinese in 2004, with a new translation in English released in October
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China during the Cultural Revolution, circa 1971. Photo: Alamy
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How Nepalese Gurkhas helped put down the riots in Hong Kong in 1960s

  • In Gurkha Odyssey, Peter Duffell, former commander of the British forces in Hong Kong, tells the story of 200 years of service by the Nepalese Gurkhas
  • In this edited excerpt, Duffell describes a city rocked by riots during the 1960s – events that resonate today as the city again struggles with unrest
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