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Listen to an excerpt of Cixin Liu's TO HOLD UP THE SKY audiobook, read by a full cast.From New York Times bestselling author Cixin Liu comes a short story collection of captivating visions of the future and incredible re-imaginings of the past.In To Hold Up the Sky, Cixin Liu takes us across time and space, from a rural mountain community where elementary students must use physicas to prevent an alien invasion; to coal mines in northern China where new technology will either save lives of unleash a fire that will burn for centuries; to a time very much like our own, when superstring computers predict our every move; to 10,000 years in the future, when humanity is finally able to begin anew; to the very collapse of the universe itself.Written between 1999 and 2017 and never before published in English, these stories came into being during decades of major change in China and will take you across time and space through the eyes of one of science fiction's most visionary writers.Experience the limitless and pure joy of Cixin Liu's writing and imagination in this stunning collection.Stories included are:ContractionFull Spectrum Barrage JammingThe Village TeacherFire in the EarthTime MigrationOde to joyCloud of PoemsMirrorSea of DreamsCloud of PoemsThe ThinkerThis program is read by: Vikas Adam, Feodor Chin, Greg Chun, Robert Fass, Catherine Ho, Natalie Naudus, Brian Nishii, P. J. Ochlan, Emily Woo Zeller, and Nancy WuA Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books
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China, ranked 106th on the Swiss-based World Economic Forum (WEF)’s yearly ranking, is lagging behind the developed West in terms of female participation in politics and has a biased gender ratio for babies. While the rankings indicate quantitative statistical numbers, they do not fully reflect the ongoing social transformation in China. It does not capture the mindset changes of how Chinese women feel about themselves or the attitudinal changes that are transforming contemporary Chinese women. Most importantly, it misses the narratives that Chinese women have about their own lives. The ranking positions may indicate a big gap with the West, but, comparatively speaking, Chinese women have attained significant progress in contemporary China. (Though there is still some room for improvement as Western critics point out.) Any statistical lag is bucked by the trend that there are growing ranks of women who are aggressive go-getters in their educational achievements, career climbing, and even attaining physical strength. For example, there are growing legions of Chinese women who want to be stronger cognitively, mentally, career-wise, and even physically. Zhang Fu (a strength conditioning and rehabilitation expert at the Peking University Gymnasium Training Center) tracked the ongoing transformation of female bodies from thin/fragile/gentle frames to strong and muscled beauty, organizing combat boot camps for high-powered professional women (lawyers, journalists, senior executives, engineers):
I believe it has something to do with more Chinese women entering and succeeding in the workplace, so they need to be more independent and confident, and have more strength… It is unlike in ancient times, when women were dependent on men in the patriarchal society and women were just expected to be thin and gentle