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The first in a new series of graphic novels from Hugo Award-winning author Liu Cixin and Talos Press An annual ice sculpture festival draws the attention of an extraterrestrial visitor, who learns how to create such art and decides to use local resources to sculpt a piece in a gesture of goodwill. All the water in the ocean is sent to the stratosphere, where the ice sculpt The first in a new series of graphic novels from Hugo Award-winning author Liu Cixin and Talos Press An annual ice sculpture festival draws the attention of an extraterrestrial visitor, who learns how to create such art and decides to use local resources to sculpt a piece in a gesture of goodwill. All the water in the ocean is sent to the stratosphere, where the ice sculptor uses splendid techniques to create crystal dominoes scattered by a giant of the cosmos. In the world of the ice sculptor, art is the sole reason for civilization’s existence. After the ice sculptor creates the pinnacle of beauty, but also brings forth devastation and disaster, humanity decides during Earth’s last breaths to fight for their survival. The first of sixteen new graphic novels from Liu Cixin and Talos Press, Sea of Dreams is an epic tale of the future that all science fiction fans will enjoy. 


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The first in a new series of graphic novels from Hugo Award-winning author Liu Cixin and Talos Press An annual ice sculpture festival draws the attention of an extraterrestrial visitor, who learns how to create such art and decides to use local resources to sculpt a piece in a gesture of goodwill. All the water in the ocean is sent to the stratosphere, where the ice sculpt The first in a new series of graphic novels from Hugo Award-winning author Liu Cixin and Talos Press An annual ice sculpture festival draws the attention of an extraterrestrial visitor, who learns how to create such art and decides to use local resources to sculpt a piece in a gesture of goodwill. All the water in the ocean is sent to the stratosphere, where the ice sculptor uses splendid techniques to create crystal dominoes scattered by a giant of the cosmos. In the world of the ice sculptor, art is the sole reason for civilization’s existence. After the ice sculptor creates the pinnacle of beauty, but also brings forth devastation and disaster, humanity decides during Earth’s last breaths to fight for their survival. The first of sixteen new graphic novels from Liu Cixin and Talos Press, Sea of Dreams is an epic tale of the future that all science fiction fans will enjoy. 

54 review for Sea of Dreams: Cixin Liu Graphic Novels #1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Liu Cixin's novelette Sea of Dreams (which can be read in Asimov's Science Fiction, January/February 2018 and in To Hold Up the Sky) is one of my favorites: an allegory for life, creation, and art. This graphic novel is the first in a series of sixteen, all based on his stories, and it captures almost exactly the spirit of the original one. I said almost because it cannot encompass all emotions and beauty of the written novelette, but does a quite decent job at it. If there was a thing to annoy m Liu Cixin's novelette Sea of Dreams (which can be read in Asimov's Science Fiction, January/February 2018 and in To Hold Up the Sky) is one of my favorites: an allegory for life, creation, and art. This graphic novel is the first in a series of sixteen, all based on his stories, and it captures almost exactly the spirit of the original one. I said almost because it cannot encompass all emotions and beauty of the written novelette, but does a quite decent job at it. If there was a thing to annoy me was (view spoiler)[the Huawei banner which was definitely not in Cixin's work. Does China's spirits resides in it? That was a poor choice which diminishes a bit the eerie atmosphere. (hide spoiler)] But I won't let that spoil my pleasure in reading this book. The illustrations are excellent and I enjoyed the experience a great deal. Here are some of them, to have an idea on how they look: (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] I have preordered the first four, and I can't wait to get all of them. For Liu Cixin fans, I think this series is a must.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tom LA

    3 stars to the art (good overall but characters’ faces didn’t agree with my personal taste), and 5 stars (and possibly more) to the story, which is seriously original and imaginative, in a way that I have rarely found in comic books. This is the first of a series of graphic novels based on this Chinese author’s books. He is a vulcano of grand-scale science-fictional ideas.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stef

    "Art is the only thing that makes valuable this or any other world. What beyond space? Nothing, Nothingness itself. Only art matters, to be able to create a total work of art immeasurable." "Art is the only thing that makes valuable this or any other world. What beyond space? Nothing, Nothingness itself. Only art matters, to be able to create a total work of art immeasurable."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Swords & Spectres

    I received a copy of this graphic novel for free in exchange for an honest review. This will only be a very short review due to this being a very short work. This is one of those books that made me breathe a sigh of relief and think 'at least it's short'. The only thing I enjoyed about this graphic novel was the artwork. The art is great, especially the cover (which is a piece of art in itself). Sadly, the rest of the book didn't have much going for it as far as I was concerned. The dialogue was po I received a copy of this graphic novel for free in exchange for an honest review. This will only be a very short review due to this being a very short work. This is one of those books that made me breathe a sigh of relief and think 'at least it's short'. The only thing I enjoyed about this graphic novel was the artwork. The art is great, especially the cover (which is a piece of art in itself). Sadly, the rest of the book didn't have much going for it as far as I was concerned. The dialogue was poor and didn't really feel natural. The choices made by characters seemed bizarre (I can't fathom a world in which we are under threat from an alien entity and countries such as the US essentially say 'go on China, you have a chat with it. We'll just sit here and twiddle our thumbs'). The fact the alien entity was fluent in Chinese, yet was never explained as to how this was, also felt a bit jarring. I know this was adapted, as are the others in the series, from short works by Cixin Liu. I have never read those works so I can't describe whether it was a poor adaption or whether the subject material is equally lacking. What I can say is that everything felt either forced or just as though it shouldn't have been there. The random time skips, without any real mention of how much time had passed, didn't help either. The disappointing thing is, with my not enjoying this, I doubt I'll ever entertain the notion of trying more of the author's work. A shame as there seems to be a lot of good said about his novels/short fiction. To me it felt more like this was done as a money spinning effort due to the name value of the author rather than any real literary merit. TLDR: The only thing that saved this from a 1 star was the art work.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Field

    Liu Cixin Science Fiction Manga Series: Sea of Dreams Original Story by Liu Cixin Art and Coloring by Jok I was supplied a copy of the Chinese edition of this work for review by the publisher. One of Liu Cixin’s favorite tropes is to have a mysterious alien come down to earth and do something that shocks humanity into thinking differently about itself. In “Heard it in the Morning,” a powerful alien comes to earth to warn humans that their particle accelerator project risks destroying the universe a Liu Cixin Science Fiction Manga Series: Sea of Dreams Original Story by Liu Cixin Art and Coloring by Jok I was supplied a copy of the Chinese edition of this work for review by the publisher. One of Liu Cixin’s favorite tropes is to have a mysterious alien come down to earth and do something that shocks humanity into thinking differently about itself. In “Heard it in the Morning,” a powerful alien comes to earth to warn humans that their particle accelerator project risks destroying the universe and will have to be canceled. In “Sea of Dreams,” a powerful alien sees a human making an ice sculpture, and suddenly decides that it wants to create a massive ice sculpture of its own, which might be such a terrible idea, except the creature removes essentially all of the water from the Earth’s oceans and rivers in order to erect its sculpture, a ring of shimmering objects out in space. The extremely straightforward plot has no irony, no snappy ending, and none but the fairly obvious source of tension — will the humans get the Earth its water back? It’s sort of a folktale for the twenty-first century, with a message about working together and putting science and art each in their place — er, science is good, and art is kind of annoying but you can do it as long as you don’t destroy things. Art and coloration here are by the Argentinean illustrator Jok, who provides very dynamic, rich art, full of water and ice motifs, often swirling and spiraling around the spherical alien, which reminds me of the horror manga Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror, Vol. 1by Junji Ito. Kudos to Jok for bringing the epic-fairy-tale sensibility of Mr. Liu to such vivid life.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kellen Blair

    I'm a huge fan of the Three Body Problem trilogy, and it turns out Liu Cixin is just as fun to read in graphic novel form! I was browsing Shakespeare and Company the other day and somehow they had a copy of this despite it not being released till June 30th? Not sure exactly how that worked out, but I'm not complaining! I loved the old-fashioned, straightforward science fiction feel of this! The story of an alien obsessed with creating art (to the detriment of humanity) felt both simple and origi I'm a huge fan of the Three Body Problem trilogy, and it turns out Liu Cixin is just as fun to read in graphic novel form! I was browsing Shakespeare and Company the other day and somehow they had a copy of this despite it not being released till June 30th? Not sure exactly how that worked out, but I'm not complaining! I loved the old-fashioned, straightforward science fiction feel of this! The story of an alien obsessed with creating art (to the detriment of humanity) felt both simple and original. Can't wait to pick up the next in the series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy Lopez

    I only bothered finishing it because it’s short.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Julia Meier

    An interesting sci-fi graphic novel about art, ice, and the possible end of the world.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Esteban Siravegna

    Meh. Once you've read three or four Cixin Liu works, especially the three body problem, you've read all of them. Meh. Once you've read three or four Cixin Liu works, especially the three body problem, you've read all of them.

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    Josephine

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    Alin

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    Carl Moon

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    Mark Brofka

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    Mark H. Jones

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fernando Delgado

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    Yifan Gu

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hanne Lindahl

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    Yan

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    Chris Mills

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    Yang

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    Nicole

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    柏一航

  24. 4 out of 5

    Book Time

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

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    Mike

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    Andrea Allocco

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    David Wei

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    Yan Shen

  32. 5 out of 5

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    Wenlei Dai

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    Yang

  36. 5 out of 5

    Sipei Liu

  37. 4 out of 5

    Peiyi

  38. 5 out of 5

    Ngf

  39. 4 out of 5

    MTGRT

  40. 4 out of 5

    TAYAHA

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    David

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    Xun Zhuo

  43. 5 out of 5

    Jillian Walker

  44. 4 out of 5

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  45. 4 out of 5

    Paul139

  46. 4 out of 5

    Billy To

  47. 5 out of 5

    Ngf

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    AM0644-741

  49. 4 out of 5

    MTGRT

  50. 4 out of 5

    TAYAHA

  51. 5 out of 5

    toni

  52. 4 out of 5

    Xun Zhuo

  53. 5 out of 5

    Yenni

  54. 5 out of 5

    Exseminarista Ye-Ye

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