“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

球状闪电 (lit. Ball Lightning)

Novel by Liu Cixin.

When Chen’s parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to discovering the secret of this mysterious natural phenomenon. His search takes him to stormy mountaintops, an experimental military weapons lab, and an old Soviet science station. The more he learns, the more he comes to realize that ball lightning is only the beginning of an entirely new frontier in particle physics.

Ball Lightning, by award-winning Chinese science fiction author Liu Cixin, is a fast-paced story of what happens when the beauty of scientific inquiry runs up against a push to harness new discoveries with no consideration of the possible consequences.

Translations:

(as excerpt) Ball Lightning

Translated by Joel Martinsen

Publications

Ball Lightning (www.wordswithoutborders.org) Words Without Borders Dec. 2009 Online

Ball Lightning

Translated by Joel Martinsen

Publications

Ball Lightning Tor Books Aug. 2017 US