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Of Ants and Dinosaurs

by Cixin Liu

'new gen' - Great Books for Young Adults Dystopian Fiction Sci-Fi and Fantasy Sharing Diverse Voices Star Books Translated Fiction

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So, so readable, Of Ants and Dinosaurs with the lightest and brightest of touches, made my brain itch with its creativity and klaxon alarm. Perfect for readers from young adult on, this sets itself as a “satirical fable, a political allegory and ecological warning”. In a time long long ago ants and dinosaurs joined forces to build a magnificent civilisation, when doom threatens will the dinosaurs listen to the ants? Cixin Liu is China’s number one science-fiction writer and his The Three-Body Problem was the first translated novel to win a Hugo award. I just love the cover, and the ants marching across the chapter pages had me smiling. As soon as I started to read my attention was well and truly caught. The prologue sets the scene with wonder and I read and believed without a moment's doubt. While portraying the ant and dinosaur alliance, there is very much a warning to the human race here. Deceptively simple and brilliantly clever, Of Ants and Dinosaurs just has to sit as a Liz Pick of the Month and a LoveReading Star Book, I simply adored it. 

Liz Robinson

Of Ants and Dinosaurs Synopsis

A satirical fable, a political allegory and an ecological warning from the author of The Three-Body Problem.

In a sunlit clearing in central Gondwana, on an otherwise ordinary day in the late Cretaceous, the seeds of Earth's first and greatest civilization were sown in the grisly aftermath of a Tyrannosaurus' lunch.

Throughout the universe, intelligence is a rare and fragile commodity - a fleeting glimmer in the long night of cosmic history. That Earth should harbour not just one but two intelligent species at the same time, defies the odds. That these species, so unalike - and yet so complementary - should forge an alliance that kindled a civilization defies logic. But time is endless and everything comes to pass eventually...

The alliance between ants and dinosaurs, was of course, based on dentistry. Yet from such humble beginnings came writing, mathematics, computers, fusion, antimatter and even space travel - a veritable Age of Wonder! But such magnificent industry comes at a price - a price paid first by Earth's biosphere, and then by all those dependent on it.

And yet the Dinosaurs refused to heed the Ants' warning of impending ecological collapse, leaving the Ant Federation facing a single dilemma: destroy the dinosaurs, destroy a civilization... or perish alongside them?

Of Ants and Dinosaurs Press Reviews


'China's answer to Arthur C. Clarke' The New Yorker.

'Wildly imaginative, really interesting ... The scope of it was immense' Barack Obama.

'A milestone in Chinese science fiction' New York Times.

'A marvellous melange of awe-inspiring scientific concepts, clever plotting and quirky yet plausible characters' TLS.

'A unique blend of scientific and philosophical speculation, politics and history, conspiracy theory and cosmology' George R.R. Martin.

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ISBN: 9781789546125
Publication date: 07/01/2021
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781789546118
Publication date: 07/05/2020
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781789546118
Publication date: 7th May 2020
Author: Cixin Liu
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 256 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Dystopian Fiction, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Diverse Voices, Star Books, Translated Fiction,
Collections: Our Favourite Books of 2020,
Categories: Science fiction, Fiction in translation,

About Cixin Liu

Cixin Liu is China's #1 SF writer and author of The Three-Body Problem - the first ever translated novel to win a Hugo Award. Prior to becoming a writer, Liu worked as an engineer in a power plant in Yangquan.

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