Cixin Liu’s Sea of Dreams
Cixin Liu, Rodolfo Santullo, JOK
An international collaboration involving 26 writers and illustrators from 14 different countries have transformed 15 of Cixin Liu’s – ‘China’s answer to Arthur C. Clarke’ (New Yorker) – award-winning stories into graphic novels.
It was the Ice and Snow Arts Festival that lured the low-temperature artist to Earth. Drawn by the beauty and technical skill of the sculptures displayed, the extraterrestrial visitor longed to collaborate and share its own art.
But while humans learnt to craft ice into exquisite ephemera, the low-temperature artist’s civilisation mastered the manipulation of whole worlds to create artworks – drawing on the seas and ice caps, and cooling their temperature to beautiful effect.
Faced with the inevitable devastation and heat death of their planet, humankind must use their final breaths to fight for existence. But the artist will only speak to one human: Yan Dong, the ice sculptor whose beautiful work first drew its eye.
Praise for Cixin Liu:’Your next favourite sci-fi novel’ Wired
‘Immense’ Barack Obama
‘Unique’ George R.R. Martin
‘SF in the grand style’ Guardian
‘Mind-altering and immersive’ Daily Mail
‘A milestone in Chinese science-fiction’ New York Times
‘China’s answer to Arthur C. Clarke’ New Yorker
Winner of the Hugo and Galaxy Awards for Best Novel
'The whole project offers a fascinating insight to a 'new' author, with the graphic novels serving as a gateway drug to a traditionally inaccessible voice in the realm of SFF' * SciFiNow * 'The overall tone of this graphic novel well reflects Cixin Liu's thoughtful, measured pace ... It mixes questions of philosophy with realistic characters and relationships. Quirky bits of humour glimmer here and there and an overall sense of optimism prevails. I am most definitely looking forward to the rest of the series' * SF Crowsnest * 'Santullo and JOK do an impressive job in this version of Sea ... The style of JOK works well with Cixin's source material. It feels like it's part of the same world. JOK also does a great job on the huge set pieces in the book. Sea is not just a musing on art, but has planetwide rocket launches that JOK captures in a few pages ... Sea of Dreams is an interesting and entertaining graphic novel that poses questions, but also entertains the reader' * SF Book Review * 'A fascinating insight into the journey of how someone comes to terms with their own place in the world, understanding his values as both an artist and as a member of a wider society' * SciFiNow * 'A unique blend of scientific and philosophical speculation, politics and history, conspiracy theory and cosmology' -- George R.R. Martin 'Wildly imaginative, really interesting ... The scope of it was immense' -- Barack Obama 'A milestone in Chinese science fiction' * New York Times * 'A marvellous melange of awe-inspiring scientific concepts, clever plotting and quirky yet plausible characters ... Exhilarating, mind-stretching' * TLS * 'China's answer to Arthur C. Clarke' * The New Yorker *
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