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27 Mar 2017
Space tethers, Iranian scientists, Japanese tech wizards, NORAD, the CIA: Orbital Cloud has all this and more. Fujii gives us 500-plus pages of complex calculations, brilliant technological counterterrorism strategies, and a plot that accelerates with the speed of a space tether's terminal apparatus zooming off into space at 17.7 km/s. But (I hear you asking) would a person (such as myself) who shivers at the mere word "calculus" enjoy such a book? And my answer is absolutely. For this is one of Fujii's strengths: the ability to draw the reader in with a gripping tale of international intrigue and spies spying on other spies that is built upon a foundation of accurate orbital mechanics.…
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28 Nov 2019
We're delighted to welcome John Yu Branscum and Yi Izzy Yu to the blog, to tell us more about their translation of Ji Yun, and their work on Chinese anomaly tales, or zhiguai. You can read their translation of Ji Yun's Guests from the Sky in the September 2019 issue of Samovar, alongside the original Chinese. They are both writers and translators, and teach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. They are one of two finalists for the The International Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multilingual Texts from Antioch University/Lunch Ticket Magazine.