Year of publication: 2013
The Wandering Earth: Classic Science Fiction Collection
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Liu Cixin THE WANDERING EARTH CLASSIC SCIENCE FICTION COLLECTION Translator: Holger Nahm Editor: Kim Fout, Verbena C.W. The Wandering Earth CHAPTER 1 The Reining Age I’ve never seen the night, nor seen a star; I’ve seen neither spring, nor fall, nor winter. I was born at the end of the Reining Age, just as the Earth’s rotation was coming to a final halt. The Reining lasted for 42 years, three years longer than the Unity Government had projected. My mother once told me about the time our family witnessed the last sunset. The Sun had ever so slowly crept toward the horizon, almost as if it had stopped moving altogether. In the end, it took three days and three nights to finally set. Naturally, that was the end of all “days” and all “nights”. The Eastern Hemisphere was shrouded in perpetual twilight for a long time then, perhaps for a dozen years or so◦— with the Sun hiding just beyond the horizon◦— its rays reflected...