Issue 127 – April 2017

Podcast, Original Fiction

The Robot Who Liked to Tell Tall Tales


Our fifth podcast for April is “The Robot Who Liked to Tell Tall Tales” written by Fei Dao and read by Kate Baker.

Originally published in Chinese in Zui Found, November 2014.

Translated and published in partnership with Storycom.

Author profile

"Fei Dao" (the name should be treated as a single indivisible unit) is the pen name of Mr. Jia Liyuan. Born in 1983 in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China, Fei Dao received his Ph.D. in Literature from Tsinghua University. Currently, he pursues research at Beijing Normal University. He is the author of short story collections Innocence and Its Fabrications, The Storytelling Robot, Chinese Scifi Blockbusters, and The Long Journey to Death. Previous publications in translation include Italian and English editions of "A Story of the End of the World" and "The Demon's Head." He has also been published academically in journals such as Science Fiction Studies, Literary Review, Contemporary Writers Review, Dushu, and Comparative Literature in China.

Author profile

Ken Liu is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places.

Ken's debut novel, The Grace of Kings (2015), is the first volume in a silkpunk epic fantasy series, The Dandelion Dynasty. It won the Locus Best First Novel Award and was a Nebula finalist. He subsequently published the second volume in the series, The Wall of Storms (2016) as well as a collection of short stories, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (2016).

In addition to his original fiction, Ken is also the translator of numerous literary and genre works from Chinese to English. His translation of The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin, won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015, the first translated novel ever to receive that honor. He also translated the third volume in Liu Cixin's series, Death's End (2016) and edited the first English-language anthology of contemporary Chinese science fiction, Invisible Planets (2016).

He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

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