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There is TONS of good sci-fi coming out of China. In English, there's a 90% chance it will have been translated by Ken Liu (a Chinese born American and Hugo Winner...can put his "Dandelion Dynasty" series on the list too for fantasy).

Dandelion Dynasty is an incredible fantasy series, on the same epic level as Wheel of Time. Three of the four books at already out (Grace of Kings, Wall of Storms, and The Veiled Throne) and the fourth book (Speaking Bones) is supposed to come out in June of this year. The world is super expansive, the battles are epic, and the characters are all delightfully human. I cannot recommend it enough.

The Tensorate Saga by Neon Yang could also go on the list. I'm currently making my way through it and am really enjoying it.
 
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Thanks for that updated link! I definitely recommend the Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin
 

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I definitely recommend the Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin
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I saw Sisters of the Wild Sage by Nicole Givins Kurtz on the list Gerald posted and wanted to +1 that, too. I just bought this book of short stories and love it so far. I got the chance to meet her at JCon and attend a few panels she was on, and I found her to be so fantastic. She's also the head of Mocha Memoirs Press, which publishes a diverse selection of speculative fiction.
 
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Dandelion Dynasty is an incredible fantasy series, on the same epic level as Wheel of Time. Three of the four books at already out (Grace of Kings, Wall of Storms, and The Veiled Throne) and the fourth book (Speaking Bones) is supposed to come out in June of this year. The world is super expansive, the battles are epic, and the characters are all delightfully human. I cannot recommend it enough.

I love Ken Liu as a translator (he's the number one guy translating most of that Chinese sci-fi). But my big problem with Grace of Kings, much like R.F. Kuang's Poppy War series, is that it basically follows Chinese history beat for beat without almost no variation. So if you know the history of the Chu-Han contention (Dandelion Dynasty) or the Chinese theater of WW2/Chinese Civil War (Poppy War) well, as I do, the plot is fully predictable ages in advance.
 

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That's totally fair. I'm not a Chinese history expert by any means, but I also don't mind it when books pull from history as their inspiration for plot beats.
Have you read Wall of Storms or Veiled Throne? I'd be curious if those are just as predictable because they follow events after the Chu-Han contention just as closely.
 
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I don't mind history as inspiration either. A Song of Ice and Fire is inspired by the Wars of the Roses. Honor Harrington is inspired by the Napoleonic Wars (by way of Horatio Hornblower). But both only use history as a loose framework and go off script in big ways from time to time. But Grace of Kings and Poppy War follow things to a T. Once you figure that out, it takes a lot of suspense out of it knowing that things like the Rape of Nanjing, the Nuking of Japan, the Long March, etc. are coming.

I haven't read all the Dandelion Dynasty, but the only time Poppy War really breaks from history is at the very end of the third and final book when (major spoiler for whole series here, read at your own risk):

Main character Rin, who is modeled on Mao Zedong, realizes what a monster she is becoming and commits assisted suicide rather than continue to rule the country as a tyrant
 

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Next year’s JordanCon author guest of honor is Wesley Chu. Has anyone read his stuff?
 

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Next year’s JordanCon author guest of honor is Wesley Chu. Has anyone read his stuff?

I have not, but I'm definitely going to check out his books now!

Some books I've enjoyed recently or am really looking forward to reading:
Sinopticon: A Celebration of Chinese Science Fiction ed by Xueting Christine Ni
The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah
Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel
The Ballad of Perilous Graves by Alex Jennings
The Way Spring Arrives ed by Regina Kanyu Wang
The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden
The Library of the Dead by T. L. Huchu
Monkey Around by Jadie Jang
 

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N.K. Jemisin is exceptionally good

Dream Country by Ashaye Brown

Legacy of Orisha by Tomi Adeyemi
 
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Sinopticon: A Celebration of Chinese Science Fiction ed by Xueting Christine Ni

I just finished this one! And while Broken Stars and Invisible Planets were both stronger anthologies overall, this was still quite good.

I also recently read The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo (Vietnamese-American) and enjoyed it, even if it was very short. There's a sequel that I have not read.

I've been eyeballing Xiran Jay Zhao's Iron Widow as well, but their description of it as having heavy Pacific Rim influences has me hesitating as I do not care for either the mecha or kaiju genres.
 
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I think I mentioned them on page 1 of the thread. And my copy of Invisible Planets is signed by two Hugo winners (Ken Liu and Hao Jingfang)
 

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Jade War and the entire Green Bone Saga by Fonda Lee is also excellent! Jade Legacy, the last book in the trilogy, is the last book to make me sob like a baby (in a good way). It is another book inspired by or borrowing from asian history, but in a way that I (at least) didn't find predictable. It's more modern-fantasy than high fantasy, and really focusses on clan warfare and politics. But I love the green bone magic system. It's so cool!
 
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I'm currently reading the Taiwanese classic 绝代双骄 (which is usually translated...rather poorly...in English as "Handsome Siblings." A closer translation would be "The Peerless, Proud Twins"). It's more wuxia than proper fantasy (although definitely includes the fantastical elements typical of the genre like magical medicines and elixirs, qinggong abilities, superhuman strength, etc.). I don't think there are any official English options, just fan translations I can't vouch for the quality of (I'm reading it in Chinese), but there's a great adaptation of it on Netflix (the most recent adaptation of many).
 
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