China’s SF comeback

I had no idea that science fiction was so scarce in China–the government cracked down on it in 1983, and it’s only recently re-emerging as a genre. An article in the Global Times describes the new Chinese SF, which differs significantly from the more triumphalist view of technology evidenced in the last genre boom of the 60s and 70s.

Many writers and scholars have said that living in today’s China sometimes feels surreal. In an earlier interview with the Global Times, Han said that sometimes writing news feels like science fiction… Yet the rapid development that is often referred to as a miracle has left many people feeling surreal and concerned, much like Han. Reality is what inspires him. Strange, dark, and sometimes horrific, Han’s novels are filled with violence, confusion and chaos. His style is often described as kafkaesque.

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