Since my essay, “The Return of Politically Charged Science Fiction in China,” appeared in Foreign Policy, I’ve heard from a number of readers seeking further information on Chinese Sci Fi. Interested readers should check out Joel Martinsen’s blog post "Social commentary in Chinese SF: 2013, Han Song, and others" for a more complete picture of the present Chinese SF scene. I find the post, in which Joel (dubbed by a reader as "truly a Chinese SF fan") noted a number of recent SF works that are “socially conscious,” is very interesting and informative. Joel concluded that, Chen Guanzhong’s China 2013 “may be the first political fantasy to take such direct aim at the modern social order and to discuss politics in such depth, but these and other science fiction stories also engage with contemporary Chinese society in
I sent Joel an email to thank him for providing the additional information that was overlooked in my FP essay, and he very kindly replied, with good insights as usual:
In all, it seems that China 2013 is part of a small but growing emergence of politically themed Chinese science fiction, even though almost all of the works to date have had to run around the censorship machine. Hopefully, the substantial popularity the book has enjoyed will engender even more of this in the future.
In addition to Joel's blog, here are a couple of websites forfans of
- (English) World Chinese-Language Science Fiction Research Workshop (h/t Jeff Wasserstrom)
- (Chinese) 《新幻界》杂志官方博客 (h/t Zhang Feng)