This week is Ken Liu Week over here at SFFpunk. I’m currently in the process of reading his first ever novel The Grace Of Kings, and so I thought I would share one of his short stories as sort of a prelude to my book review, which should be up on Wednesday.
For those of you who don’t know, Ken Liu is a prominent short story writer in the sci-fi and fantasy community. The story I’m sharing today — “Paper Menagerie” — is the first story by any author to have ever won the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards. It is a beautiful, if heartbreaking, story about a young man who denies his heritage to fit in in America only to realize what he’s lost when it’s too late.
If you haven’t read it already, do yourself the favor. I think this story is definitely worthy of the accolades.