The worst novel Stephen King wrote in the 80s is about a possessed car that will totally run you over if you piss it off. A haunted spaceship that is full of nasty things that can kill you, and is also the best mode of transportation to the hell dimension. These creepy vehicles contain terrifying, blood-drinking martians, and roll all over the landscape, hooting and laying waste to everything before them.
Exiled to a remote radio base during the Cultural Revolution, astrophysicist Ye Wenjie makes contact with an alien civilisation, the Trisolarians, who almost immediately dispatch a fleet on the 400-plus year voyage to Earth. Add to this mix the fact that the suns have irregular orbits and as a result destroyed all other planets in the system, and you get a sense of the Trisolarians’ urgency to get off their home world.
The main thesis of his talk, which you can see all over The Three-Body Problem, is the idea that great ‘civilisations’ are usually accompanied by technological leaps that seem inconceivable to the people who lived in the previous era. The most obvious example he mentioned is the leap forward in information technology that has accompanied the military and cultural dominance of the United States. Thankfully there was a translator so the dozen or so non-Chinese speakers could follow most of what went on. It was quite amazing and heartening to see a science fiction writer treated like this by young people.
When asked what system of government was better, he said that more liberal societies tend to see more scientific innovation, whereas more centrally controlled ones are able to direct and exploit resources more effectively. Chinese #scifi writer Liu Cixin: liberal societies produce more scientific advances, but centralist ones can manipulate resources better. The Three-Body Problem is the first of a trilogy, with the third book yet to be translated into English. Last week, the fine ladies and gentlemen behind the Parsec Awards announced their illustrious finalists for the year of our Lord 2012.
Yes, the Ministry has most effectively shut out the Short Story Small Cast category for this year’s Parsec Awards, automatically making our podcast an award-winning venture. To our esteemed colleagues joining us in the Final Round of this fine award, congratulations. On Saturday, August 22nd, 2015, author Ken Liu stepped up to the podium at Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, to accept the Hugo Award for Best Novel on behalf of Liu Cixin, author of The Three-Body Problem. To understand the development of this expanding literary movement, one should understand some of China’s history, and how modernization helped jump-start science fiction there. From the middle of the 19th Century, China was engaged in a considerable amount of trade with the West. Beginning in August of 1894, the Qing Dynasty of China and the Japanese Empire fought against one another for control over the Korean peninsula in the first Sino-Japanese War. In 1900, another rebellion flared up in the country, sparked by an anti-foreigner society known as The Boxers. As part of this movement, one Chinese author, Lu Xun, became aware of science fiction when he read a translation of Jules Verne’s novel De la Terre de a la Lune, (From the Earth to the Moon), serialized in a Chinese magazine called New Fiction. Xun was one of China’s leading literary intellectuals, and is considered one of the pioneers of modern Chinese literature. Science fiction literature was promoted to encourage the general public to develop an interest in science, and other reforms ran in tandem: according to Craig, “Educational reforms began in 1901.
Xun would later become known as the founding father of modern Chinese literature, and helped to unleash a new movement within Chinese literature, followed by other translators. An example of one of these early science fiction stories was Tales of the Moon Colony, written by Huangjiang Diaosou. Many of these stories followed a similar path and outlook on the world as their Western counterparts, coming in part from the same roots.
First, these stories dramatized underdeveloped scientific principles within Chinese society. Secondly, reformers within Chinese society felt that a level of mysticism within Chinese society was impeding the country’s progress forward, holding it back from competing with other advanced nations. Science fiction literature, reformers believed, would help inspire Chinese readers to take more of an interest in science and technology, and through a groundswell of support, help push the country forward. In the years leading up to the Second World War, a number of new political movements appeared: leftist political ideals began to take root in the country, and after the 1917 Russian Revolution, Chinese intellectuals began to explore the possibility of bypassing capitalism, which was closely identified with the foreign invaders who had caused so many problems decades earlier. Uprisings in the 1920s helped  a pair of organizations grow rapidly: the China Communist Party (CCP) and the Guomindang Party (GMD). According to Yan Wu, (translated by Wang Pengfei and Ryan Nichols) in Science Fiction Studies #119, “Until recently, it was generally assumed that very little science fiction was written during the years of the Republic. Several science fiction works that emerged from this time were books such as Cat Country by Lao She (pen name for novelist Shu Qingchun). On October 1, 1949, following the end of the Chinese Civil War, the People’s Republic of China was formed. As China advanced into the twentieth century, science fiction authors had to tread carefully with their content, for fear of retribution, or of being silenced altogether.
The emphasis on literature that directly supported a social and political movement persisted in China, and, as a result,  dramatically affected the tone and style of all science fiction published during this time. In May 1966, Mao Zedong urged his supporters, through a series of letters and rallies, to oust anyone opposed to the country’s political direction. Song identifies the explosion of new authors as China’s New Wave of science fiction: a new generation of authors born during or shortly after the Cultural Revolution. This sea-change in attitudes is a significant one: when authors don’t feel compelled to follow ideological tendencies, a significantly wider pool of stories open up from which to draw.
Wang Jinkang began publishing stories in 1992 after making up and telling stories to his ten-year-old son.
He also noted that living in China now means that one is living in a science fictional world, and his stories are accordingly commentary on the world he observes around him. An inherently science fictional condition is coping with the tension between world views, and that tension is one that genre fiction is ripe to exploit. Ken Liu and Xia Jia each noted that they’ve heard or been asked a similar question a number of times: how is Chinese science fiction different from ‘regular’ (read: American) science fiction? It’s not that there aren’t differences in the science fiction that’s been produced – reviewers have compared Cixin Liu’s Three-Body Problem to the works of that of Arthur C.
In the past decade, China has advanced rapidly in developing its spaceflight capabilities, putting its first astronaut, Yang Liwei, into space in 2003, and landing its first probe, Jade Rabbit on the moon, in 2013.
In this environment, Cixin Liu found his greatest success with his Remembrance of Earth’s Past Trilogy. This is a far cry from the state of science fiction publishing in China just years earlier.
It’s difficult to fully comprehend the scale impact that the trilogy has had on Chinese readers. In an interview with Locus Magazine, Ken Liu tried to convey the popularity of the novels and the impact of the first novel’s Hugo and Nebula nominations on the general readership in China: ‘‘One of the things that surprised a lot of American readers is the fact that The Three-Body Problem being translated into English and then nominated for a Nebula Award was such a huge deal in China. Not all of China’s science fiction derives from technological advances and technological optimism, however. The dramatic rise of China throughout the 1990s and 2000s has prompted responses in science fiction literature outside of the country. In this novel, Singer and Cole look to current military and political trends on the world stage, and see an  China asserting its increasingly aggressive dominance in the Pan-Pacific Region that puts it onto a collision course with the United States. Additionally, as China’s science fiction community has grown at home, a comparable amount of interest has been directed at the works of Chinese-American authors who have their own notable careers in the United States. In 2012, Liu earned the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy awards for his short story ‘The Paper Menagerie’, originally published in The Magazine Of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 2011 (since republished at io9, which put him on the map as a writer to watch). In 2014, Tor Books decided to bring Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem to the United States with an English language translation: Ken Liu was brought on to translate the first volume.
This had long been done with the translated Chinese science fiction that had been published throughout China, but it hadn’t been done often going in the other direction.

Tor’s efforts paid off: The book was met with immediate success in the United States, where it earned praise from genre and national publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and National Public Radio. The release of The Three-Body Problem, and the next installment of the trilogy, The Dark Forest, help provide Western audiences a glimpse into a science fiction tradition that, up until now, hasn’t really made its way into US sf genre communities.
Liu isn’t alone, and several science fiction publications have begun to make a concerted effort to translate the works of other authors from China: publications such as Clarkesworld Magazine and Lightspeed Magazine have each published their share of translated fiction, often, with Liu as the translator. In 2015, Liu published his own novel, The Grace of Kings, the first installment of an epic fantasy (or as he prefers, Silkpunk) trilogy called the Dandelion Dynasty.
Goldstein: All in Ted’s hometown, a place where, when he was growing up, there were no stop lights, a place where the house that he and his sister grew up in had no running water.
This type of explosive growth has catapulted the country in line with the rest of the world.
In many ways, Science Fiction is a medium that  allows people to make sense of the changes happening around them: the rapid and world-changing events of the Victorian era helped to invent the genre in the first place, and Chinese intellectuals recognized the ability of such literature to help spur a mindset for change in at the end of the Qing dynasty.
With a population rapidly catapulted into the middle class, China is ripe for a similar rise in science fiction stories that grapple with the modern existence in the country.
This is giving rise to a new generation of authors, such as Chang Jia, Xia Jia and Chen Qiufan, among many, many others. Moreover, as cross-cultural exchanges continue, either through translated editions of Chinese or English works of science fiction, or simply through expanded access, ‘traditional’ science fiction will have to come to terms with the very different types of stories that Chinese authors will be telling. The future is very bright indeed, and science fiction literature will be made all the better for the infusion of the works of China’s science fiction authors. Blaine is a malevolent monorail train that likes to play riddles, and is completely insane. Consider how much of our science is based on observation of the Sun and the Moon and their effects on the Earth, then imagine how different and more complicated it would be if our solar system had three suns. He was appearing as part of the Sydney Talks program, organised by Sydney University’s Confucius Institute.
Liu argued that China needs to oversee a technological advance, and then marketisation, of global significance to ensure their society continues to advance. Liu got a thunderous applause when he entered the room – like he was a rock star walking on stage. The end of the session sparked a mad rush of students to the stage for autographs and selfies with their idol.
Even more so were the depth of the questions the audience asked – absent were the ‘where do you get your ideas from?’ that so often trigger a yawn-fest at Australian writers’ events – the young Chinese-speaking fans asked questions about censorship, democracy vs authoritarianism, how young Chinese writers can find new audiences, environmentalism vs economic progress and more.
Liu is obviously conscious of being under the watchful gaze of Beijing, and encouraged readers to make their own interpretations of what he is writing about.
With a series of films in the pipeline (which Liu advised people to not get their hopes too high about) this is definitely a series of books to read immediately. The Parsecs is truly one of the most prestigious awards in ?thercasting, now in its seventh year of presentation.
No, nothing peculiar (although as it is Dragon*Con, the peculiar is to be expected) but on the contrary — most extraordinary! The genre enjoys its own vibrant tradition of speculative works, developed over the past century. A pair of conflicts between Europe and China (known as the Opium Wars) was followed by a series of rebellions, which ultimately weakened the Qing Dynasty. These reforms were wide-ranging and covered every sector of Chinese life: the military, schools, governmental offices, and more. The Boxer Rebellion prompted a foreign invasion of Beijing, and ensured western access into China. The magazine, founded by Liang Qichao, was instrumental in bringing western literature into the country, and profoundly influenced Xun. In other words, the Chinese had to wake up from their old, 5000-year dream of being an ancient civilization and start to dream of becoming a democratic, independent, prosperous modern nation state. While doing so, he came across a Japanese translation of Verne’s novel, titled Travelling on the Moon, translated by Inou Tsutomu.
Writers and intellectuals felt that it was a national duty to bring China in line with their Western counterparts.
According to Shaoyan Hu, writing in Amazing Stories, “translated science fiction works served as nourishment for the development of its Chinese counterpart. This was a serialized novel was published between 1904 and 1905 and followed a man as he invented a hot air balloon, with which he intended to fly to the moon. There, he discovers a “progressive, prosperous China, and is told that all this is due to the efforts of a certain Dr. Their authors imagined a world changed by the introduction of new technologies that were rapidly overtaking the world.
By the turn of the century, China was unable to compete with neighboring Japan and other Western nations, and even unable to keep foreign interests from influencing domestic policy. The genre, grounded in factual, empirical principles, would further help push China into the future. After several years of infighting, the Nanjing regime emerged, which consolidated power from all corners of China, and carried out extensive military and police actions against communist agents. This novel follows a Chinese traveler who crash lands on Mars, finding that it’s entirely inhabited by Cat People. Gu was characterized by The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction as an “author and translator whose handful of genre works represented the bulk, indeed almost all, Chinese sf published in the troubled 1930s”.
It’s leader, Mao Zedong, sought to modernize the world through a series of reforms that consolidated land and industrial power. According to The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, genre arts survived by navigating “a path through this Orwellian minefield by embracing its role as a didactic medium for children. Over the course of the summer, counter-revolutionary feelings grew to a fever pitch, leading to the rise of a student paramilitary group known as the Red Guard, which sought to push against ‘intellectual’ and ‘bourgeois’ factions within Chinese society.
He would later resume writing in 1976 as the Cultural Revolution ended, and in 1979 published a novel, Fly to Centaurus.  His work changed in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, with “his generation [adding] some dystopian reflections on Chinese politics into the genre, but their experiment was quickly silenced by the government campaign against ‘spiritual pollution’ in the mid-1980s”, noted by scholar Mingwei Song. With its end came a reopening of society: Mao’s successor, Deng Xiaoping, enacted a number of economic reforms and eased governmental controls over the lives of individuals. One immediate result was the formation of a dedicated genre magazine, Kexue Wenyi (Science Literature and Art), which began publishing in 1979.
The result has been an explosion in the diversity and the volume of science fiction stories being written.
Putting the stories to paper after discovering Science Fiction World, he quickly began to sell story after story to the publication.
An editor at Xinhua News Agency, Han published throughout the early 1990s, and released his first short story collection, Gravestone of the Universe in 1998. Clarke – it’s that Chinese SF has developed along very different ways that that of its Western counterparts, much as China has undergone tremendous changes in the last century. The country has also begun to lay down the steps for the Tiangong Space Station, with a module, Taigong 1 launched in 2011, with another laboratory set to launch in 2016. He published the first novel Three-Body as a serial in Science Fiction World and subsequently republished the story in book form in 2008. Cixin Liu observed that the novel has captured the attention of an enormous segment of China’s reading public. One notable example is Chan Koonchun’s novel The Fat Years, in which February 2011 ceases to exist for the country: people can’t remember what happened, and all official records are non-existent. This isn’t too different from another genre trope, the Invasion Novel, which counts books like The Invasion of Dorking and The War of the Worlds as members. Since the start of his career, he’s published hundreds of short stories in a variety of publications, including Clarkesworld Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, Asimov’s, and Analog, among others. If done properly, a translation does more than provide a foreign-language reader with a new story: it introduces them to the culture of a foreign land.

In 2015, it was honored with the Nebula Award for Best Novel, and later, with the Hugo Award for the same.
The novel is Liu’s own re-imagination of epic Chinese literature in a fantasy-like world incorporating stories from China’s history and tales. The answer lies in the state of China today: a country that has been catching up with an incredibly rapid technological and economic modernization on the world stage.
This is a population with a newfound ability to spend on entertainment such as books in ways that simply didn’t exist years ago.
These authors have an audience larger than any before, with few of the restrictions placed on their predecessors.
Theirs will not be stories of space ships with Chinese names attached to the characters: these new stories will be written through a very different cultural lens, and will push the larger body of literature into a more diverse collection of ideas, political viewpoints and values. To the talented authors of our Tales from the Archives, Eliza and I are quite proud of you all. The defeat of China was a major surprise to the Qing Dynasty, and had an impact on the thinking of the day in China. However, the program was largely a failure: only a single province instituted the changes, and Youwei and his associates fled the country to Japan. The rebellion prompted a new progressive reformation in the country, which injected a wealth of western values into the country.
He resisted his family’s calling to public service in local government, and entered the Jiangnan Naval Academy in Nanking for a short while before he transferred to the School of Railways and Mines. In place of Confucianism, the instructors taught science, mathematics, geography, and an anti-imperialist version of Chinese history that fanned the flames of nationalism….
Not realizing that it was the same novel, and firmly believing that this style of scientific romance was exactly the type of story that could invigorate his country, he began to translate the book into Chinese.
Although the story was never finished, it incorporated a number of technological advances of the time. While the West had a considerable head start on the technological revolution, Chinese artists were recognizing the same messages and implications as that of their western colleagues.
By 1937, the country was at war on two fronts: one against encroaching elements of the CCP, and the other against Japan as that nation sought to consolidate power in the Pacific (the second Sino-Japanese War). Working as a school teacher and later an editor and writer, he used his position as a platform from which to popularize science through stories and nonfiction articles that sought to illustrate a scientific point. His program, Great Leap Forward, echoed historical movements to advance China technologically and economically in the world. Supported by Mao, the movement gained steam and began to attack elements and individuals deemed to be working against Mao. The lifting of governmental controls on society had a profound and game-changing impact on the lives of Chinese citizens. The magazine was a state-supported publication until 1984, when it went independent after losing its government funding. Coming of age in a time after the harsh years of the Cultural Revolution, these authors have enjoyed a considerably more open environment in which to imagine China’s futures, and aren’t as bound by the genre’s earlier tendencies to act as a guidebook for the country’s future. He noted that he observed that while China has a relatively small fan population, the genre is important because “young people who read science-fiction need temporary escapism.
In 2008, he published a sequel, The Dark Forest, and in 2010, completed the trilogy with Death’s End.  Since their publication, Liu has sold half a million copies of each novel, making him one of the country’s foremost popular science fiction authors. Far from youths and college students consuming the books, the books have captivated professionals and scientists alike, who have in turn created social media parodies, fake trailers and have otherwise turned awareness of the book into a popular meme that’s widely understood. Writing for the LA Times, Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore noted that “insecurity over China’s meteoric economic growth coupled with an authoritarian leadership has produced ripe pickings for the genre’s top writers.” Koonchung’s novel, a heavily political critique of the country’s leadership, has since been banned from publication within China, and was translated into English in 2011. Liu, who was born in Lanzhou, China at the tail end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976, grew up in the United States and began publishing science fiction and fantasy stories in 2002.
Think of the changes: where before people had little to no access to running water, they now have the ability to carry around a personal computer that can connect them to the rest of the world. Moreover, this infrastructure is new: where science fiction culture in the United States grew between the 1920s and the 1970s along with changes in the genre’s mediums, Chinese SF has the technological advantage and infrastructure to be distributed far more quickly than its US counterparts, which will continue to lead to a very different culture within the genre. Moreover, they increasingly have access to the world’s stage, and can reach audiences on a scale never seen before. Questions about environmentalism, censorship and how can young Chinese writers reach broader audiences. It is your talent, your imagination, and your efforts wherein our journalists created an ?thercast worthy of such merits. The tiny island nation of Japan had advanced much further technologically than the much larger country. Both schools emphasized a western approach to education and knowledge, and following his graduation in 1901, he entered Kobun College in Tokyo.
His translation is a sort of adaptation, one that expands upon the original narrative, while drawing in additional references and influences from Chinese oral tradition. China’s government eventually persevered over Japanese forces, but in 1946, the CCP took control of the country through a bloody Civil War that ended three years later.
Although he largely abandoned writing fiction, he was assigned to the China Youth Press and the Committee for the Popularization of Science, two institutions which the SFE noted was influential in bringing the works of authors such as Jules Verne and H.G. This came at a price: 45 million deaths are attributed to his policies, a number that climbed in 1966 with the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.
Zheng’s public career  ended in the 1980s after a stroke left him paralyzed, and he  passed away in 2003.
Major changes in international relations, governance and the arts were felt across the entirety of society. The magazine relaunched with Yang Xiao as editor, becoming “the nexus of a group of interrelated ventures in book publishing and translation. The goods and daily life cannot satisfy their psychological needs, so they run away from the real world. American fans wouldn’t be so excited if one of their books was translated into Chinese and won some award.’ I said, ‘You wouldn’t care.
Later books in the series have also been brought over: The Dark Forest was translated by Joel Martinsen, while Ken Liu’s translation of Death’s End is due out in 2016. Now, the ability to become a successful author is far more open: authors can serialize their stories online and publish their work far more freely than before. Craig in The Heritage of Chinese Civilization, “since the firepower of Western naval forces doubled each decade, the forces that China faced at the end of the century were vastly more formidable than those of the Opium War.
A number of individual began to advance an agenda that would bring China further into the future. Like Xun, he was inspired to bring scientific knowledge and learning to China through literature.
Other novels from Verne had been translated into Chinese by Liang Qichao: Captain at Fifteen and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, which were followed by numerous others.
In 1989 the magazine was renamed Qitan (Amazing Stories) , and in 1991 renamed again, as Kehuan Shijie (Science Fiction World) . You’re coming from the modern Rome, the core of world culture, whereas China is at the periphery.
China’s rise in international politics serves as the the background for their novel, which followed how a 21st century World War might play out between Russia, China and the United States.
The magazine did exceptionally well in the 1990s, with circulation peaking at 400,000 subscribers before dropping off to roughly a quarter of that at the present day.
When compared against circulation figures from US genre publications, Science Fiction World is one of the most widely read SF publications on the planet.

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