Lenoir-Rhyne University's Visiting Writers Series will present Ken Liu on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. This event will be held in partnership with the Catawba Science Center.
Liu, the English name of Liu Yukun, is the author of three novels and one collection of short stories, as well as a translator of several Chinese works. He immigrated to the United States as a child, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
Liu's most recent published work is an official Star Wars novel called "The Legends of Luke Skywalker," a collection of myths and tall-tales about the legendary Jedi Luke Skywalker. Liu's fiction has appeared in several magazines, including Asimov's, Analog, Clarkesworld, and Lightspeed. His debut book titled "The Grace of Kings," was published in 2015 and won the Locus Best First Novel Award. It was also a Nebula finalist. Liu was the editor of "Invisible Planets," which is the first collection of contemporary Chinese science fiction translated into English. His translation of "The Three-Body Problem" by Liu Cixin won the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the first translated novel to ever receive the honor. Liu's 2010 short story "The Paper Menagerie" won the prestigious Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. Most recently, the film production companies, Silverstein and AMC have optioned Liu's work.