The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species by Ken Liu, short story book cover artwork

“The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” by Ken Liu

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A wild, encyclopedic chronicle of alien literacy — including the Allatians, who use a delicate proboscis to both read and write, the enduring stone minds of the Quatzoli, and the Tull-Toks, who read stars, planets, and (perhaps) black holes.

The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species

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About the Author
Ken Liu ( is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. Ken’s debut novel, THE GRACE OF KINGS (2015), is the first volume in a silkpunk epic fantasy series, The Dandelion Dynasty. It won the Locus Best First Novel Award and was a Nebula finalist. He has a collection of short fiction, THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES (2016). He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to his original fiction, Ken is also the translator of numerous literary and genre works from Chinese to English. His translation of THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM, by Liu Cixin, won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015, the first translated novel ever to receive that honor.
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