The City Trilogy: Five Jade Disks, Defenders of the Dragon City, and Tale of a Feather

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Columbia University Press
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6.12 X 9.5 X 1.16 inches | 1.54 pounds

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About the Author

Chang Hsi-kuo is considered the "father of science fiction" in Taiwan. He is the author of twenty-eight novels, a collection of short stories, and hundreds of scientific papers. He is also a professor of computer science and Director of the Center for Parallel, Distributed, and Intelligent Systems at the University of Pittsburgh.


Playing the role of The Hobbit to the whole book's Lord of the Rings, Chang's introductory story "City of the Bronze Statue" presents a beautiful, lyrical fable of an embattled city whose landscape evolves symbolically as its people insist on fighting each other throughout the ages.--Stephen H. Segal "Pittsburgh "
Filled with its own legendry, philosophy, poetry, and social mores, the world created by Chang, considered to be Taiwan's 'father of science fiction, ' resounds with grace and style.--Library Journal
[Chang] is nothing short of awe-inspiring... [His] tone is pitch-perfect from the start, sketching out the mythic outlines of HuHui's history with magisterial grace while later delivering an action-filled epic that toys with the truly philosophical and all the while infuses the text with a loopy humor... A true original, like an epic of Chinese history retold with Tolkien-esque grandeur and yet wholly unique: a masterpiece.--Kirkus Reviews (*Starred Review)
In the manner of the very best sf, Chang makes readers think about ideas of great importance to the world they inhabit by posing them in the context of a well-realized, intricately detailed alien society... gripping reading.--Booklist (*Starred Review)
A fantastic, richly brocaded collection.... [the book] is a treat for science fiction readers ready to investigate a future seen through a different lens.--Bookpage
I'm actually rather surprised that no one has looked into Chinese science fiction before this.--Science Fiction Chronicle
The City Trilogy is not simply science fiction per se, but an amalgam of sci-fi and Chinese mythology. For readers who can appreciate the integration of old and new images in one narrative, or simply have an interest in Chinese literature, this book is a worthwhile investment.--Washington Times
As in the case with both Tolkien's novels and the Star Wars movies, the reader of Chang's City Trilogy easily sympathizes with a suspense-laden rebellion against a wicked empire or domineering power and feels drawn into the action with the aid of pungent dialogue and a fresh array of fantastic neologisms and weird aliens.--Choice