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Vagabonds - Hao Jingfang

Vagabonds - Hao Jingfang

Title: Vagabonds

Limited signed first edition, first printing

Author:  Hao Jingfang

ISBN:  9781786696502

Weight:  990 g

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Vagabonds by Hao Jingfang

The first novel from the Hugo Award-winning author of Folding Beijing.

Can the void between two worlds be bridged?

AD2201.  Just over a century ago, the Martian colonies declared their independence.  After a brief conflict, Earth and Mars cut ties, carving separate trajectories into the future, viewing each other with suspicion and even hatred.  Five years ago, a group of Martian students were sent to Earth as goodwill ambassadors from the Red Planet.  Now the young men and women are coming home, escorting a delegation of prominent Terrans to see if the two worlds can bridge the void that has opened up between them.

Almost immediately, negotiations break down and old enmities erupt.

How do you escape the gravity of the past?

Luoying, one of the returning Martians, is caught amidst the political intrigue and philosophical warfare.  Martians and Terrans, old friends and new mentors, statesmen and revolutionaries – everything and everyone challenges her, pushing her to declare her allegiance.  Torn between her native land and the world on which she came of age, Luoying must discover the truth amid a web of lies spun by both sides, she must chart a course between history and the future, or face the destruction of everything she’s ever loved.

Peer & Press Reviews

Luoying holds the keys to peace between the planets, but the author, an economist based in Beijing, is more interested in the subtleties of her journey than in her arrival, offering up a long, satisfying meditation on political and creative freedom.  Vagabonds juxtaposes Earth’s capitalist free-for-all with Mars’s centralised, authoritarian high-mindedness.


In a leisurely, discursive narrative Hao spins a fascinating and even-handed examination of two very different possible futures


Hugo Award-winner Jingfang’s cerebral, futuristic debut explores the interplay between societal values and individual dreams in crisp, gorgeous prose…  Fans of literary science fiction will relish this challenging tale.

Publishers Weekly

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Vagabonds
Translator Ken Liu
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 OF’, the title, the author’s name, the name of the translator, 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
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781786696502
ISBN 10 1786696509
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 600
Size (h x w x d) 236 x 153 x 52mm
Packed weight 1.215kg [heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Jacket design kid-ethic

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