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Henry Lien, Author

Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword

Fantasy/adventure about a girl determined to take top ranking at Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword where she will study Wu Liu, a form that blends figure skating with martial arts. Holt/Macmillan, middle grade (ages 10-14). MORE

Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters

Two dueling teenage divas vie for top ranking in a sport combining kung fu and figure skating at a vicious cram school for talented but spoiled girls. Dec. 2013, Asimov’s. MORE

Supplemental Declaration of
Henry Lien

[short story]
True story about how I devised a logical system to continue communicating with my former partner after he died of cancer. Fall 2013, Interfictions. To read it for free, CLICK HERE.

The Great Leap of Shin

An imperial court eunuch devises a way to prevent earthquake casualties by organizing an unusual and epic engineering project to schedule the empire’s impending great earthquake. A boy from the island of Pearl, which will be drowned by the tsunami following the earthquake, is sent to stop the plan with an unexpected weapon. Jan. 2015, Analog. MORE


[short story]
A teenage girl figures out a way to stop the dolphins in Taiji, Japan from being slaughtered every year by teaching them a meme to spread and warn each other with. Mar. 2015, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. MORE

The Ladies’ Aquatic Gardening Society

Two grandes dames of the Gilded Age battle for position in Newport society by planting increasingly outrageous and environmentally devastating theme gardens. Jun. 2015, Asimov’s. MORE

The Shadow You Cast Is Me

[short story]
A man in a troubled marriage secretly takes JPGs of his wife while she sleeps. She wakes up, catches him, and makes him an unexpected proposition to save their marriage. [Note: story contains mature content] May 2015, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. MORE

Ready to Launch

I wrote this song as the Clarion West Writers’ Workshop class of 2012 anthem. LISTEN HERE

Radio SFWA

I wrote a New Wave/Space Disco recruitment anthem for Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and performed it at the 2016 Nebula Awards Ceremony. MORE

Pearlian New Year’s Song

I wrote this song that everyone in my novel PEASPROUT CHEN, FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD sings during New Year’s. You can watch the video HERE. You can also watch the original acoustic version HERE.