Ken Liu – Writer

Ken Liu is a Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award winner.  His most recent story – Reborn – is part of a free, three part series at Tor.com.  Ken’s first novel – A Tempest of Gold – will be published in early 2015.  These are his good things.  

Good things to read.

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell. A funny, moving, beautiful coming-of-age novel about a 13-year old boy in Thatcher’s England. The voice is simply gorgeous.

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, by Thomas Kuhn. Completely transformed the way I think about science and the pursuit of scientific knowledge. Also gave me a new understanding of the value of history.

Trading Up, by Candace Bushnell. I’m not a fan of “Sex and the City,” but this novel is completely different in style and tone. I read it as a tragicomic new iteration of the “Great American Novel” (like Gatsby). Brilliant characterization.

Good things to watch.

Fawlty Towers.  The very definition of funny.

Coupling. I seem to have a thing for British comedies. If you don’t laugh at this, something is wrong with you.

Not One Less. A restrained, beautiful film about a young woman’s attempt to do the right thing, set against the backdrop of the difficult conditions faced by students and teachers in China’s rural education system. The film portrays a vision of heroism that may be foreign to many Western viewers.

Good things to use.

MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch. The best computer I’ve ever owned.

All-Ett Black Nylon Billfold Wallet. Holds all my cards and stays thin. Life before it was barbaric.

OXO Can Opener. I believe it’s better to own one tool that works well rather than multiple tools that just get the job done. OXO products are worth every dollar.

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