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I'm Waiting for You: And Other Stories by [Kim Bo-young]

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Kim Bo-Young is one of South Korea’s most active and influential science fiction authors. Her first published work, The Experience of Touch, received the best novella award in the first round of the Korean Science & Technology Creative Writing Awards, and she has won the annual South Korean SF novel award twice. She has a number of works forthcoming in English translation in the United States, including three novellas and a short story. She lives in Gangwon Province, South Korea, with her family.

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“Her fiction is a breath-taking piece of a cinematic art itself. Reminiscent of the world we experienced in Matrix, Inception, and Dark City, still it leads us to this entirely original structure, which is a ground-breaking, mystic literary and cinematic experience. Indeed, powerful and graceful.” -- Bong Joon-ho, Oscar-winning director of Parasite

“In four paired short stories, Korean science-fiction doyenne Kim imagines the vanishingly distant future….Playing with notions of immortality and toying with improbable transgressions of the laws of physics, Kim delivers a suite of stories that is at once lyrical and full of foreboding, keeping dramatic tensions tight among poetic evocations of a home planet that is ‘our hall of learning, our cradle of experience, our short-term interactive training ground,’ if one we have also destroyed. Much of the best science fiction is coming from East Asia, and Kim’s work ranks high in that emerging tradition.” --
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"This is a book as much about the process of translation as it is about science fiction, Buddhism and how to live among people...The purpose of the book is to showcase not so much a collection of narratives but the love and respect between several people working together, sharing their minds across languages and distance to beautiful, dizzying effect."
New York Times

"Bold, inventive, and utterly unforgettable, Bo-Young's stories are designed to take your breath away." --

"The epistolary nature of the lovers’ story gives readers a chance to empathize with the characters; to feel the dilemmas, the triumphs, and the lows of the two lovers. The straightforward narrative of the gods’ featurette is a surreal swirl of ideas that weaves the reader through the tale...This is thought-provoking science fiction that will leave readers musing long after the book is finished." --
Library Journal

"A beautiful, earnest exploration of the mind, body, and spirit across time and space. These stories will break your heart, then lovingly knit it back together again." -- Marina Lostetter, author of the Noumenon trilogy

“Where does humanity end and the universe begin? What are the limits of love and hope? What is the difference between creation and destruction? These are big questions, but
Bo-Young’s attempt to bring shape to them in these stories is stunning, humbling and utterly beautiful.”  -- BookPage

“I don’t know what went wrong, or when it started, but everything’s a mess.  In I’m Waiting for You and Other Stories Kim Bo-Young has perfectly captured the longing and isolation of our contemporary moment, but depicted against landscapes and realms that are utterly fresh. With stories that manage to present fantastical realities, ask philosophical questions, and weave exciting plots, Kim Bo-Young has given us a timely reminder that longing and heartbreak can be as infinite as the universe, but also just as lovely."   -- Micaiah Johnson, author of The Space Between Worlds  

"This translation will help fill in some of the gaps in the availability of Korean sf in English, as well as please readers who enjoy lyrical, philosophical sf stories."     --
Booklist --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08CR6J7XN
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper Voyager (April 6 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4209 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 314 pages
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