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Translating Foreign-language Sci-fi Novels Into English Not Routine In Britain or America
Sci-fi novelists in non-English languages find it hard to find
publishers in London, New York
When it comes to translating science fiction novels from France, Japan or other non-English speaking nations, the U.S. publishing industry has a rather dismal track record. Yes, Tor Books published in 2014 a popular sci-fi novel from communist China by Cixin Liu, titled "The Three-Body Problem," and not only did it win over readers in translation by the Chinese-American sci-fi writer Ken Lui, the novel also won the "Best Sci-Fi Novel" prize at the 2015 Hugo Awards in America.
But the U.S. publishing industry is still not translating many sci0fi novels from overseas, and to get some background on this issue, I turned to David Brin, the well-known sci-fi novelist.