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Free online fiction from 1 of The Anderson Project. Please enjoy “Reborn,” by Ken Liu, a novelette inspired by an illustration from Richard Anderson.“Reborn” is part of a three-story series curated by senior Tor Books editor David G. Hartwell. All three are based on a singular piece of art by Richard Anderson....

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Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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reborn Reviews

  • Lyn
    2019-01-28 00:22

    I have wanted to read some of Ken Liu’s work for a while, having heard a lot of good about him. I grok, being the coolest thing since the ansible, and so I was able to find his 2014 short story “Reborn”, a part of “The Anderson Project” series of stories.Being inspired by an illustration from artist Richard Anderson, this is also similar in theme and design to the 1988 film Alien Nation directed by Graham Baker and starring James Caan and Mandy Patinkin.Liu goes one step further though as the aliens are in control and humans get to live and work beside the conquerors. Liu throws in some more very surprising and entertaining twists to this idea and his story flows along some unexpected paths.Entertaining and thought provoking this will not be my only visit with Ken Liu’s writing.

  • Sara Mazzoni
    2019-01-24 01:19

    Racconto che parla di memoria. Per Ken Liu essa è parte essenziale della nostra identità. Rimuovendone una zona, diventiamo persone diverse; eppure, nulla si può mai sovrascrivere davvero. La memoria è lì da qualche parte. Allora, chi siamo noi? Leggermente straniante che, in questa storia, gli "xenofobi" siano i buoni. La questione di fondo mi ha fatto pensare a una metafora sulle generazioni che discendono dagli oppressori − nazisti, guerrafondai o colonialisti che siano −, intere società che vivono sulla conseguenza delle colpe terribili dei padri, ma senza pensarsi responsabili: hanno ragione, o hanno torto? Forse c'è questo di disturbante, in Rinascita: Ken Liu li dipinge nel torto brutale, ma in fondo quegli alieni siamo noi.

  • Claudia
    2019-01-26 22:28

    First story in this project, based on Richard Anderson’s illustration, it’s an outstanding complex story about who we are, about the memories which define us as unique individuals. Some questions are being raised: can we still be ourselves if our memories, being them good or bad, are lost? Are we defined by our memories? And the most controversial one: if memories of an evil deed are erased, will that person become innocent?It can be read here:

  • Alina
    2019-02-20 05:29

    What defines a person’s nature/true self? His/her memories, his/her actions? If your memories would be taken away, would you be a completely different person? Can a bad person - a criminal - be absolved of evil by erasing the bad memories?"You humans think you are what you've done. But you're really what you remember."Very interesting story! p.s. It got me thinking a little about Bester’s The Demolished ManAs a general conclusion, excellent short stories in this project, BRAVO!Made me curious to also check the ones in Palencar :)

  • Ron
    2019-01-26 04:37

    "Just because something is true doesn't mean you stopped struggling."A very short tale of--well, rebirth. "You humans think you are what you've done. But you're really what you remember." Compact. Well-told. Soft extraterrestrial porn. Ewww. Layers within layers."To forget is a far greater sin than to remember too well."I liked it.

  • Rose
    2019-01-30 23:30

    I love reading Ken Liu. He is an amazing short story writer. You always finish wishing for more because it was written so well, but you never finish feeling like you missed out on something. In this version of Earth, we have been visited by aliens who have the ability to erase your memories, even very specific ones. (view spoiler)[ They believe within each of us is many different people. A criminal may also be a loving parent and hard worker, but a part of them feels the need to steal. The aliens use their ability to wipe out the memories of the criminal past, only leaving the good parent and worker behind.(hide spoiler)]It was fun to read and I recommend it for any science fiction/alien readers out there.

  • G33z3r
    2019-01-28 02:08

    "Reborn" uses a revamped world after an alien conquest to look at the role of memory in who we are. Where PK Dick's "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" (Total Recall) looked at adding false memories be the same as having actually done/experienced it, Liu considers whether if no one, including yourself, remembers your bad acts, are you absolved of guilt? And if you know you won't remember doing something, is it worth doing? Are we the sum of what we've done? Or, just the sum of what we remember?As usual, Liu has put together a remarkable human story.

  • Matt
    2019-02-22 06:21

    Ken Liu is a master of the short story, and this is yet another example of why. The plot twist was telegraphed early on, but I don't hold it against him because the rest of the story is so well written and well executed. I would love to see him write a full novel set in the world this story was set in. 5/5.

  • Felix
    2019-01-29 23:16


  • Sookie
    2019-02-15 23:26

    A fantastic exploration of humanity where Ken Liu takes the dialogue to a darker side that is vaguely reflective of humanity's own collective ignorance. In a world that is invaded and now occupied by aliens, an odd peace is achieved after the aliens thrashed humanity and collectively forgot about it as a part of their natural growth. Similar technique is used on humans and these humans are called "Reborn". As is the natural order of things, with change comes resistance. Very early in the story Liu gives up all the charades of this short story being a hero vs. villain argument, and plunges right into a conversations that we, as readers, have all had at one or the point in our lives: what makes us humans? Is it our memories, our dreams, our hopes, our relations, our emotions, our feelings? As the story unfolds, Liu stops holding hands and dumps us right into meaty part of the story. The subject matter has a refreshing twist and the story in itself is a wonderful read.

  • Ab
    2019-02-05 23:16

    The story argues that everything is contextual, for example, personality."The unified individual is a fallacy of traditional human philosophy. It is, in fact, the foundation of many unenlightened, old customs. A criminal, for example, is but one person inhabiting a shared body with many others. A man who murders may still be a good father, husband, brother, son, and he is a different man when he plots death than when he bathes his daughter, kisses his wife, comforts his sister, and cares for his mother.”Can one person bear a responsibility for a crime of one of his personalities? And what if some of the memories are erased or forgotten? An interesting, philosophical story.

  • Michael
    2019-01-28 02:28

    Fascinating novelette which I much enjoyed.

  • Andrew David Burt
    2019-02-12 03:34

    Excellent! A number of interesting ideas about memory and identity explored in a short, if rather baroque alien conquest story.

  • Gregoire
    2019-01-28 00:08

    Une vision assez terrifiante de la cohabitation avec une espèce extra terrestre qui n'exclue pas la violence mais s'exonère de sa responsabilité par un moyen particulier Après Brisk Money ; une autre façon d'envisager l'influence des souvenirs conscients et inconscients sur notre comportementUne question reste sans réponse : qu'est ce qui a amené ces extra terrestres sur Terre et pourquoi rester et partager avec les hommes ?Je dirai que j'ai noté très sévèrement cette nouvelle (plutôt 2.5 *) mais j'avoue que tout au long de la lecture je me suis dit avoir lu ou vu partiellement ailleurs la plupart des évènements L'astuce de Ken Liu c'est d'avoir condensé tous ces thèmes en une nouvelle dense et bien construite A rather terrifying vision of a cohabitation with a ET specie which does not excluded extreme violence but exempts itself from its responsibility After Brisk Money; another way of envisaging the influence of the aware and unconscious memories on our behaviour A question stays without answer: what brought these ET on Earth and why do they stay and share with men ?I shall say that I noted very severely this short story but I confess that throughout the reading I said to myself that I have read or saw partially somewhere else most of the events The trick(cleverness) of Ken Liu it is to have condensed all these topics in a well built short story but not, for me, a very original one

  • **✿❀ Maki ❀✿**
    2019-02-23 22:11

    This story had quite a bit going for it.It delves into the compartmentalization of self, and the effect our past has on our present. The plot covers a crime scene investigation that leads to forgotten memories, and a rebellion. There's also aliens and tentacle sex, but that's not the major focus of the story.I just...this one's me, not the story. I'm sorry, story, but I just couldn't take you seriously.See, the aliens don't have human genders. They aren't male or female by nature, and as such they are referred to as "thir" and "thie".And so help me, all I could think of was Yivo from the Futurama movie, The Beast with a Billion Backs."Well, I went to another Universe and fell in love with a giant octopus; and now I'm Pope of a new religion."It's hard to take a story seriously when all your brain does is quote Futurama at you. >__>

  • Kinsey_m
    2019-02-02 01:32

    Very interesting novelette about memories and self. Earth is ruled by an alien species who is apparently benevolent at present but was fiercely aggressive during conquest. Those who try to rebel are reborn, that is, their memories are partially erased so that the will to fight back is removed.It reminded me of "Last days of an immortal" because of the extreme (and wonderfully executed) cultural clash between humans and alien species. I had some trouble suspending disbelief due to the aliens anatomy, and was initially confused by the alien pronouns, although I think they were a good idea.

  • Sławomir Molenda
    2019-02-23 01:36

    Not the best Ken Liu I would say, but still very entertaining, deeply science-fiction story. I really liked the sultry, extraterrestrial porno air surrounding human-alien interactions. But the whole message about who we are, how our actions shape us and what's the nature of our memories could be written less directly. Big plus for compact form and skilfully blending so many good themes.

  • Maggie Gordon
    2019-02-21 22:37

    Ken Liu continues to produce amazing things! Reborn feels a lot like an Octavia Butler piece, but with less hope, and more explosions. However, the story is as uncomfortable as Butler's, and I find that important in science fiction. The aliens have come and we don't seem to mind... or do we?

  • Richard
    2019-01-31 06:29

    A short story form of the new original fiction offered.

  • Jason McDonald
    2019-01-29 23:35

    Eh. I liked some of the story: the layers upon layers in a very small space, the mystery unravelling as you read, but there were just so many other parts that distracted. Some of it felt forced and other parts rushed. Not my favorite.

  • Shawn Camp
    2019-01-28 22:35

    Take a piece of art as the theme and run with it.Ken Liu blends in so many different elements into his contribution to his new tor project. Alien abduction, government conspiracy, manipulation, and it's even a detective story as well. Masterfully done.

  • Ken Singh
    2019-02-15 06:34

    A very well crafted short story with suspense and descriptive imagery. I loved it. Ken Liu is awesome.

  • John Devenny
    2019-02-01 02:15

    I loved this story. A completely unique take on alien/ human interaction by one of the best short fiction writers in the business. An early contender for next years Hugo awards .

  • Tony
    2019-02-15 22:24

    Good story with interesting twist.

  • Iain
    2019-01-27 06:13

    Decent little story, not Liu at his best but an interesting reflection on memory and identity. Thematically strong with a good lead, but the setting did not quite work for me.