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Liu Cixin’s sci-fi works to be adapted into graphic novels

(People's Daily Online)    16:35, December 05, 2019

A sketch provided by the publishing house.

Fifteen works from China’s sci-fi sensation Liu Cixin will be adapted into graphic novels to better present Chinese science fiction content to the world, Chinanews.com reported on Dec. 2.

The series will be launched by the end of June 2021, according to Li Yun, presenter of the works. The books will be published in more than eight countries, Liu Cixin said in a video.

French graphic novel author Thierry Robin and Italian artist Stefano Raffaele, as well as renowned Chinese graphic novelists including Zhang Xiaoyu, Wu Qingsong and Liu Wei will be invited to join the production.

Graphic novels, as a visual form of art, enjoy great popularity among people of almost all ages and in various countries, Li said, adding that most of Liu’s sci-fi works are suitable for graphic novel adaptation.

Liu’s books also enjoy a wide readership overseas. In July 2019, the Japanese version of his sci-fi saga "The Three-Body Problem" hit the Japanese market, with many bookstores placing the book in prominent positions on their shelves. The book was reprinted 10 times and even the sample books were sold out.

Earlier this year, the movie adaptation of Liu's "The Wandering Earth" gave the sci-fi movie industry a strong boost, as the film’s popularity suggested the genre could become more mainstream.

Li said that the content of the books won’t be changed significantly during adaptation, so as to truthfully reflect the wisdom, emotions, ideals, and values of the Chinese people while catering to global readers.

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