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The Man Who Ate Lunch: Ken Liu

Folks reading here may recall that last month I recommended a novella that had been recommended to me: The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary by Ken Liu. The novella had been recommended to me by Jamie Todd Rubin on his blog, and I found it just as compelling as Jamie did.

I wasn't surprised when it and another Ken Liu story (The Paper Menagerie) showed up on the Nebula ballot this year. (It makes for a tough ballot, as there a lot of stories I would want to vote for this year, and I only get to vote for one in each category.)

The day I read Ken's story, I emailed him, and he emailed me back. We discovered that we were local, and I suggested lunch. He suggested we get together when it got warmer, which it did last week, so naturally we went out for lunch today in the cold.

Ken Liu, Michael A. Burstein Ken Liu, Michael A. Burstein Photo ©2012 N. Burstein. All rights reserved.

gnomi actually got to the Milk Street Cafe before I did, so she got to meet Ken first. We talked about science fiction, of course: writing, editing, the community, and all sorts of things. I found Ken to be much more gregarious in person than he appears on line, but perhaps that's typical of many of us.

If haven't had a chance to read his stories yet, go click on the links provided. I think you'll like them.


Next time you and Ken have a get-together, I am rudely inviting myself along. Sounds like you had a good time, which is great. ;)
I suspect Ken would be very open to your being there. :-)

December 2016

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