Book Review: The Wandering Earth by Liu Cixin (three stars)
‘The Earth is a cosmic soap bubble. One pop, and it’s gone. So what is there to be afraid of?’
An anthology of early writings. Titular work among the stupidest SF premise by one of the best SF authors today. Written in 2000, long before he reached his stride. No, he didn’t redeem the premise.
‘The spaceship’s gravity will puncture the upper layers of the atmosphere. Earth’s atmosphere will be like a pricked balloon, its air escaping through that puncture, right into space! All of Earth’s atmosphere will disappear!’
Many erroneous ideas about physics and geography. Some humorous. Later offerings are better. The last work is the best. Serious readers may be misled to misjudge the author by these works; someday scholars will mine these works for clues of his coming mastery.
‘Any civilization that stays on her birth world is committing suicide! You must go into the universe and find new worlds and new homes, and spread your descendants across the galaxy like drops of spring rain.’
I imagine there would be many people buying based on the Hugo on the cover, and then being unhappy if they read.
I guess there is an advantage to having published one volume in my mainstream trilogy after 15 years, and, this September, after 7 more, publishing the second volume – they are of a piece, as will be the third volume which I fervently hope will be much faster.
The small amount I have published before this isn’t relevant, but I’m writing mainstream, not SF. It weathers time better.