AD 2201: Earth and the colonies of Mars attempt a reconciliation after a century-long Cold War. Can two mutually antagonistic cultures forget the past and embrace the future?
Born in 1984, Hao Jingfang leads the new generation of Chinese science fiction writers. A physics graduate, she holds a PhD in Macro-economics and works at the China Development Research Foundation. In 2016, she became the first Chinese woman to win a Hugo Award. She lives in Beijing with her husband and daughter. Ken Liu is the winner of the Nebula, Hugo, Locus, World Fantasy, and Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Awards. He is the author of The Grace of Kings and The Wall of Storms. He is also the translator of Cixin Liu's Hugo-winning and Nebula-nominated Three-Body Problem.
'Hugo Award-winner Jingfang's cerebral, futuristic debut explores
the interplay between societal values and individual dreams in
crisp, gorgeous prose ... Fans of literary science fiction will
relish this challenging tale' Publishers Weekly.
'A thoughtful debut with ample scope for reader engagement' Kirkus.
'[A] masterful narrative. Highly recommended for fans of Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy or readers who enjoy sf with a focus on social and political themes' Booklist.
'[A] spellbinding novel' Asia House.
'A long, generous, and often quite graceful novel ... Jingfang's ambitious novel [...] represents a significant new voice in world SF' Locus Magazine.
'Luoying holds the keys to peace between the planets, but the author, an economist based in Beijing, is more interested in the subtleties of her journey than in her arrival, offering up a long, satisfying meditation on political and creative freedom. Vagabonds juxtaposes Earth's capitalist free-for-all with Mars's centralised, authoritarian high-mindedness' The Times.
'In a leisurely, discursive narrative Hao spins a fascinating and even-handed examination of two very different possible futures' Guardian.