Cixin Liu's The Village Teacher: A Graphic Novel - The Worlds of Cixin Liu (Paperback)
  • Cixin Liu's The Village Teacher: A Graphic Novel - The Worlds of Cixin Liu (Paperback)

Cixin Liu's The Village Teacher: A Graphic Novel - The Worlds of Cixin Liu (Paperback)

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Paperback 110 Pages
Published: 05/08/2021
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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.

In the depths of mountains shrouded with ignorance and superstition, one man has dedicated his life to igniting a passion for maths and science in the hearts of the peasant children around him. Now his life is coming to its end, he draws his students around him so he can impart knowledge on them to his final breath.

All the while, in a far corner of outer space, fifty thousand light-years away, an interstellar war that has waged for thousands of years is coming to an end. The victor plans to perform the full-scale extermination of any low-intelligence lifeforms that remain in what is now his solar system.

In order to gauge the intelligence of a planet, the victor devises a test – posed to a group of lifeforms selected at random by a computer – of science and mathematics. On a green-and-blue planet nestled in a spiral arm of the Milky Way, the computer's selection falls to a group of children, in the depths of mountains shrouded with ignorance and superstition...

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 YorkerWinner of the Hugo and Galaxy Awards for Best Novel

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781800249998
Number of pages: 110
Dimensions: 254 x 178 mm


The illustrations by Zhang Xiaoyu have a wonderful earthy quality to them... This adaptation by Zhang Xiaoyu has masterfully captured the human qualities that Cixin Liu is so good at illustrating with words... It's another great adaptation in this series of graphic novels based on Cixin Liu's works, faithfully presenting his vision in a new format that adds depth and pathos. It is a highly effective and enjoyable version of this tale' - SF Crowsnest

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

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 mélange 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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