An Alternate History of Chinese SF

No Fear of the Future
Written by Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana author Jess Nevins, a clever alternate history of Chinese SF, presuming a China which bestrides the world and is the cultural center of the planet. All of the novels are analogues to real novels and writers, but its the perspective brought to these novels which are interesting.
Just to give one tasty piece of an example:
Hong Fu Ren’s Dune (4662). This is hardly a controversial choice for a Most Influential Novel: The Sixties selection. It won the Gan Hui Award and the Nebula Award for Best First Novel. It’s one of the (if not the) best-selling science fiction novels of all time. Hong wrote five sequels, and Dune inspired two films, two tv mini-series, computer games, board games, and a series of prequels and sequels written by Hong Biao Rong (Hong Fu Ren’s son) and Ao Ken Wang. Its fan base is thriving forty years after its debut. In terms of its influence, Dune’s emphasis on religious themes, and its introduction of ecology into the discourse of science fiction, were a departure from tradition and inspired numerous novelists to incorporate ecology and other hard and soft sciences into their fiction. And Dune remains a good read. But despite being a fan of the novel, I have to agree with the charge most famously made by Pan Kuai Hui at the ’64 WorldCon: Dune is not a religious novel. Dune is a communist novel.

Nebula Award Results 2007

The 2007 Nebula awards were given out last night:
* Novel: Seeker by Jack McDevitt
* Novella: “Burn” by James Patrick Kelly
* Novelette: “Two Hearts” by Peter S. Beagle
* Short Story: “Echo” by Elizabeth Hand
* Script: Howl’s Moving Castle by Hayao Miyazaki, Cindy Davis Hewitt, and Donald H. Hewitt
* Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy: Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier

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