Nebula and Hugo award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Ken Liu joins us via Crowdcast to talk about SPEAKING BONES and the Dandelion Dynasty with Ken's fellow author and friend Alex Shvartsman. Following their discussion will be an audience Q & A and an opportunity to order signed, personalized books. 

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The battle continues in this silkpunk fantasy as science and destiny collide against the will of the gods. Ken Liu fulfills the covenants first laid out a decade ago in a series delving deep into the connection between national myths and constitutions in this “magnificent fantasy epic” (NPR), crafting a satisfying and stunning conclusion to a series that has been lauded by Time as the Best Fantasy Books of All Time. Readers of fantasy and historical novels alike will revel in the historical nuances and lush fantasy world that Ken Liu has built.                                              

SPEAKING BONES begins in the middle of two wars on two lands among three peoples separated by an ocean yet held together by invisible strands of love and ideals. Harried by Lyucu pursuers, Princess Théra and Pékyu Takval try to reestablish an ancestral dream even as their hearts grow in doubt. The people of Dara continue the struggle against the genocidal Lyucu as both nations vacillate between starkly contrasting visions for their futures. Even the gods cannot see through the Wall of Storms, for only mortal hearts can decide mortal fates.

Ken Liu is amongst the most lauded writers in the genre sector – The Grace of Kings was awarded Best First Novel by fans and readers of the Locus Magazine, the premiere print source for the field. It was also a finalist for Best Novel for the prestigious Nebula Award. Ken's short stories and novellas have received every major award in the field including the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards, and Ken has been nominated for nearly everything else.

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator, and anthologist from Brooklyn, NY. He’s the author of The Middling Affliction (2022) and Eridani’s Crown (2019) fantasy novels. Over 120 of his short stories have appeared in Analog, Nature, Strange Horizons, and many other venues. His website is

Thursday, August 18, 2022 - 7:00pm
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Speaking Bones (The Dandelion Dynasty #4) By Ken Liu Cover Image
By Ken Liu
ISBN: 9781982148973
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - June 21st, 2022

The Middling Affliction: The Conradverse Chronicles, Book 1 By Alex Shvartsman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781647100544
Availability: Available to Order
Published: CAEZIK SF & Fantasy - May 31st, 2022