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Of Ants and Dinosaurs - Cixin Liu

Of Ants and Dinosaurs - Cixin Liu

Title: Of Ants and Dinosaurs

Author:  Cixin Liu

ISBN:  9781789546118

Weight:  835g

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Of Ants and Dinosaurs by Cixin Liu

A satirical fable, a political allegory and an ecological warning from the author of The Three-Body Problem.

In a sunlit clearing in central Gondwana, on an otherwise ordinary day in the late Cretaceous, the seeds of Earth’s first and greatest civilization were sown in the grisly aftermath of a Tyrannosaurus’ lunch.

Throughout the universe, intelligence is a rare and fragile commodity – a fleeting glimmer in the long night of cosmic history.  That Earth should harbour not just one but two intelligent species at the same time, defies the odds.  That these species, so unalike – and yet so complementary – should forge an alliance that kindled a civilization defies logic.  But time is endless and everything comes to pass eventually…

The alliance between ants and dinosaurs, was of course, based on dentistry.  Yet from such humble beginnings came writing, mathematics, computers, fusion, antimatter and even space travel – a veritable Age of Wonder!  But such magnificent industry comes at a price – a price paid first by Earth’s biosphere, and then by all those dependent on it.

And yet the Dinosaurs refused to heed the Ants’ warning of impending ecological collapse, leaving the Ant Federation facing a single dilemma: destroy the dinosaurs, destroy a civilization… or perish alongside them?

Peer & Press Reviews

So begins a fluctuating symbiotic relationship that Liu develops through knowingly disarming narrative leaps.

South China Morning Post

So, so readable, Of Ants and Dinosaurs with the lightest and brightest of touches, made my brain itch with its creativity and klaxon alarm…  Deceptively simple and brilliantly clever, I simply adored it.

Liz Robinson, LoveReading4Kids

The narrative picks up towards the end, propelling us into the atomic age and passages of visionary goofiness.


Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Of Ants and Dinosaurs
Translator Elizabeth Hanlon
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition background

These copies have a signature page, tipped-in before the half title page.  Printed on this page is the phrase ‘SIGNED AND LIMITED FIRST EDITION’, the title, the author’s name, and the publisher’s logo.

Issued direct by Head of Zeus, the total number of books in this unnumbered limited edition is unknown.

Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the tipped-in signature page
Book Stats
Publisher Head of Zeus
Age guide 14+
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781789546118
ISBN 10 1789546117
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 249
Size (h x w x d) 238 x 153 x 28mm
Image and Design Credits
Design David Wardle
Images Shutterstock

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