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 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.