The future according to Chinese science fiction

I’m halfway through “The Three-Body Problem” — the first book in Cixin Liu’s Remembrance of Earth’s Past science fiction trilogy — and it really lives up to the hype.

Looking forward to finishing it and exploring the works of other Chinese science fiction writers.

Here’s an excellent article on the new wave of Chinese science fiction.

“‘Some people have this sense that technology is something non-human or even inhuman. Something totally alien from us,’ Xia Jia said in an interview from Xi’an.

“Her work questions this idea. A company may have invented a robot nanny, yet the grandpa in her story bends the machine to his will — to care for his family.

“Neither entirely optimistic or pessimistic about technology, like many of her peers, Xia Jia captures its effect on Chinese society in transition and the traces of adaptation in everyday life — ‘the ideas and practices created by ordinary persons’.”

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