This paper explores Chinese science fiction writer Liu Cixin’s 刘慈欣novelette “The Poetry Cloud” (Shi yun, 1997) by contextualizing it within the debate between scientism and humanism in 1990s China, an event that has been downplayed in its significance in shaping Liu’s ideas. The first section of this article will investigate how the narrative framework of science fiction represents and refreshes the symbolic meaning of poetry in the abovementioned context. Secondly, by analyzing the three main characters, Yiyi, Big-tooth, and Li Bai, with a focus on their perceptions of poetry, the next section will discuss the different opinions they represent with regard to the debate. Finally, by studying Liu’s work in the context of Martin Heidegger’s reflections upon technology, the last section examines his solution to the tension between scientism and humanism in the programming of a poetry cloud that marries poetic imagination with technological means. This essay argues that the story demonstrates how Liu, a technological elite, vacillates between technological determinism and humanism, and tries to provide a possible solution to their inherent contradictions.
A science fiction museum, Time Vision, opened in Chengdu on December 26th. It exhibits more than 3,000 items, including some very precious early magazines.
The voting for the 27th Galaxy Awards began on November 23rd.
Liu Cixin, winner of the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel, won the "Best Achievement Award" during the 2015 Xingyun (“Nebula”) Awards for Global Chinese Science Fiction.
The 2015 Galaxy Award ceremony was held in Beijing on September 12th.
The Three-Body Problem won the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel--a milestone of Chinese Science Fiction!
Chinese Science Fiction Newsletter is back!
A new anthology of international fantastic literature (Italy, China, Japan, Singapore) was published in Italy on Friday, Feb 11th. It has included three Chinese scifi stories: "La tomba" by Qiufan Chen (“坟”,陈楸帆), "La fine del mondo" by Fei Dao (“一个末世的故事”,飞氘), "La citta" eterne" by Haitian Pan ("永恒之城", 潘海天). ALIA storie (ALIA6) Edited by: Massimo Soumaré, [...]
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