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The fourth in a new series of graphic novels from Hugo Award-winning author Liu Cixin and Talos Press Ever since she was a child, Yuanyuan always dreamed of blowing big bubbles. But her father worries about her fascination—he wants Yuanyuan to be as responsible and devoted to a calling as her mother was. As an adult, Yuanyuan creates a multimillion-dollar business out of t The fourth in a new series of graphic novels from Hugo Award-winning author Liu Cixin and Talos Press Ever since she was a child, Yuanyuan always dreamed of blowing big bubbles. But her father worries about her fascination—he wants Yuanyuan to be as responsible and devoted to a calling as her mother was. As an adult, Yuanyuan creates a multimillion-dollar business out of the technology she developed for her doctoral thesis. But she still dreams of blowing the biggest bubble she can. When his daughter uses her high-tech methods to blow a bubble big enough to envelop a city, Yuanyuan’s father thinks back to the dreams he and Yuanyuan’s mother chased when they were young. In the end, Yuanyuan’s bubbles bring her father’s dreams to life. The fourth of sixteen new graphic novels from Liu Cixin and Talos Press, Yuanyuan's Bubbles is an epic tale of the future that all science fiction fans will enjoy. 


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The fourth in a new series of graphic novels from Hugo Award-winning author Liu Cixin and Talos Press Ever since she was a child, Yuanyuan always dreamed of blowing big bubbles. But her father worries about her fascination—he wants Yuanyuan to be as responsible and devoted to a calling as her mother was. As an adult, Yuanyuan creates a multimillion-dollar business out of t The fourth in a new series of graphic novels from Hugo Award-winning author Liu Cixin and Talos Press Ever since she was a child, Yuanyuan always dreamed of blowing big bubbles. But her father worries about her fascination—he wants Yuanyuan to be as responsible and devoted to a calling as her mother was. As an adult, Yuanyuan creates a multimillion-dollar business out of the technology she developed for her doctoral thesis. But she still dreams of blowing the biggest bubble she can. When his daughter uses her high-tech methods to blow a bubble big enough to envelop a city, Yuanyuan’s father thinks back to the dreams he and Yuanyuan’s mother chased when they were young. In the end, Yuanyuan’s bubbles bring her father’s dreams to life. The fourth of sixteen new graphic novels from Liu Cixin and Talos Press, Yuanyuan's Bubbles is an epic tale of the future that all science fiction fans will enjoy. 

30 review for Yuanyuan's Bubbles: Cixin Liu Graphic Novels #4

  1. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    I loved this one most of all so far - it's such a sweet and optimistic story! No matter how silly one idea might seem to others, it could make a difference in the world, one just has to keep trying and believe in oneself. "In this new era, being a little more relaxed and carefree isn't a weekness." The illustrations match the story perfectly, the colours, everything. Simply wonderful in all aspects. The original story can be read/listened to online on Clarkesworld: https://clarkesworldmagazine.com/ I loved this one most of all so far - it's such a sweet and optimistic story! No matter how silly one idea might seem to others, it could make a difference in the world, one just has to keep trying and believe in oneself. "In this new era, being a little more relaxed and carefree isn't a weekness." The illustrations match the story perfectly, the colours, everything. Simply wonderful in all aspects. The original story can be read/listened to online on Clarkesworld: https://clarkesworldmagazine.com/liu_...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Luca Cresta

    Stupendo ! Un racconto di SF assolutamente perfetto, con una prosa notevolissima ed una storia affascinanate. Grazie a Francesco Verso per averci messo a disposizione in italiano questa meraviglia.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Field

    With its positive view of how science can help solve problems for the future, along with a focus on simple, yet distinctive human characters, “Yuanyuan’s Bubbles,” by Liu Cixin would not be out of place in a 1940s issue of Astounding Science Stories. In other words, it’s evidence to believe that China is in a Golden age of science fiction, reflecting faith in science, and faith in themselves. Despite its brevity, the story follows protagonist Yuanyuan from early childhood to mature adulthood, fr With its positive view of how science can help solve problems for the future, along with a focus on simple, yet distinctive human characters, “Yuanyuan’s Bubbles,” by Liu Cixin would not be out of place in a 1940s issue of Astounding Science Stories. In other words, it’s evidence to believe that China is in a Golden age of science fiction, reflecting faith in science, and faith in themselves. Despite its brevity, the story follows protagonist Yuanyuan from early childhood to mature adulthood, from playful, dreamy girl, to highly capable scientist and corporate investor — someone who could give Elon Musk a run for his money! Yuanyuan’s interest in blowing bubbles symbolizes the dreamy, associative and curious personality that ultimately makes the big breakthroughs, in this case using bubbles to irrigate the desert and save her father’s passion project, a new Chinese city in the country’s northwest. The central conflict is that between a father and a daughter, with the more practical-minded father mostly unsatisfied with his daughter’s dreaminess: Father: “You have to be like your mother, with long-term goals for life” Yuanyuan, smiling broadly: “I have a long-term goal!” Father: “Oh, tell Daddy, then.” Yuan-yuan: “To blow....huge....huge...bubbles!” Father: “Bubbles? Ugh, I’m wasting my time with you.” One is reminded of the 2019 Pixar film, Soul, in which ‘just regular living’ is celebrated as much as having a strong sense of purpose. The underlying idea that humanity’s playful side is at least as important as its disciplined side to produce genius makes the story a heartwarming and inspiring piece, perfect for young readers. The art by Stephan Dupré builds a very credible setting for Yuanyuan’s life trajectory, with many realistic details from contemporary China (a ‘Gree’ air conditioner in one room suggests the artists know the place well). And Yuanyuan is one of Liu Cixin’s most distinctive characters, with her large mouth and wide face, most often upturned against her challengers in dauntless confidence.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karen Mace

    This is a beautifully illustrated book, that tells the story of Yuanyuan and her obsession with bubbles! She dreams of blowing the biggest bubble, but her father is always there in the background to puncture her dreams. A classic tale of a realist vs a dreamer. Their city is dying, times are tough but there's something about Yuanyuan that keeps her dreaming and, like her mother, she won't let up on her dreams of finding a way to use her bubbles to save the world. Her mother died following her dre This is a beautifully illustrated book, that tells the story of Yuanyuan and her obsession with bubbles! She dreams of blowing the biggest bubble, but her father is always there in the background to puncture her dreams. A classic tale of a realist vs a dreamer. Their city is dying, times are tough but there's something about Yuanyuan that keeps her dreaming and, like her mother, she won't let up on her dreams of finding a way to use her bubbles to save the world. Her mother died following her dreams so you can understand her father and his attitude towards her vision and her pipe dreams. The illustrations are stunning! They are a beautiful earthy tone throughout that really connects with the story and really amplify the message of hope v despair. It's a beautifully simple story that I adored and I look forward to reading more from this series as the pictures really do help add depth to the story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emkoshka

    I'm only casually familiar with Cixin Liu from The Wandering Earth (though I've only watched the film) but I know of his reputation and The Three-Body Problem is on my long list of sci-fi to get to someday. Good thing the genre is my current binge! This was a good entry point to his work, fulfilling both my sci-fi craving and need for graphic novels/short reads at this time of year. Yuanyuan seems like a bit of a frivolous character, but the ending makes up for that and is quite moving. And who I'm only casually familiar with Cixin Liu from The Wandering Earth (though I've only watched the film) but I know of his reputation and The Three-Body Problem is on my long list of sci-fi to get to someday. Good thing the genre is my current binge! This was a good entry point to his work, fulfilling both my sci-fi craving and need for graphic novels/short reads at this time of year. Yuanyuan seems like a bit of a frivolous character, but the ending makes up for that and is quite moving. And who doesn't love bubbles, the bigger the better!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mathieu Dekker

    Wat een mooi getekend sf verhaal. ( van bekende chinese sf auteur) door Steven Dupré. Doet soms ook wat denken aan ‘dagen van zand’ van Aimee de Jongh, qua thema(droogte,klimaat), sfeer en kleurgebruik. De cover in Goodreads komt helaas niet overeen met de schitterende nieuwe cover van Dupré in een engelstalige uitgave van Head of Zeus die ik heb gelezen.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ricky

    A sweet and meaningful short story that encourages following your passions and imagination, creating meaningful solutions by combining old and new ideas, and shows the value in collaboration and creative thinking.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Clodjee

    YuanYuan’s Bubbles offers a very interesting story telling us of a realistic future where global warming has already done its damages. It also demonstrate that even the most whimsical scientific endeavour can eventually be useful and even save humanity from disaster. The art is rather average but it is worth reading. I find the whole series fascinating because it offers a window on Chinese science-fiction and an easy approach, through comics, to Liu Cixin’s works. Because of his scientific backg YuanYuan’s Bubbles offers a very interesting story telling us of a realistic future where global warming has already done its damages. It also demonstrate that even the most whimsical scientific endeavour can eventually be useful and even save humanity from disaster. The art is rather average but it is worth reading. I find the whole series fascinating because it offers a window on Chinese science-fiction and an easy approach, through comics, to Liu Cixin’s works. Because of his scientific background, his writings are considered hard science-fiction but they remain easy to read and offer stimulating reflections on the paths that humanity should (or not) take in the future. I also like the fact that this project is really an international collaboration. For example, YuanYuan’s Bubbles’ creators are both French speaking: Valérie Mangin is a French writer, a latinist!, and Steven Dupré is a Belgian artist who publishes in both French and Dutch languages. They also collaborated together on the series Le Club des prédateurs. All in all, YuanYuan’s Bubbles is a very good reading, even more so if you are interested in compelling science-fiction, Chinese literature or Liu Cixin’s works. I can’t wait to read the other titles of this series… Read my complete comment on http://clodjee-blog.com/2022/04/10/yu...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Valentina Petricciuolo

    Un breve romanzo di fantascienza di uno scrittore cinese famoso per la trilogia The Three Body Problem che ho intenzione di leggere a breve. Questo breve racconto ha una sua poetica che definirei "romantica". Si legge in massimo un'ora! Un breve romanzo di fantascienza di uno scrittore cinese famoso per la trilogia The Three Body Problem che ho intenzione di leggere a breve. Questo breve racconto ha una sua poetica che definirei "romantica". Si legge in massimo un'ora!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Deesse

    eccezionale, veramente piacevole e stimolante

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lost In Translation

  12. 4 out of 5

    NadelNerd

  13. 4 out of 5

    Massimiliano Manzini

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Mayne

  15. 4 out of 5

    Aydin Sakar

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pat

  17. 4 out of 5

    James Richardson

  18. 5 out of 5

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  19. 4 out of 5

    Riccardo

  20. 4 out of 5

    Teo

  21. 5 out of 5

    Eva Merkel

  22. 4 out of 5

    Fraser

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    Andrew Liptak

  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 4 out of 5

    Giampaolo Marchi

  26. 5 out of 5

    Loh Soon

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anna

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lazarus

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alaa Khaldun

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brad Feld

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