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Chinese Science Fiction Newsletter: September 2010

2010-09-21 9:09 | Category: news and reports |

Liu Cixin Completes Three Body III: Death Everlasting

The Three Body trilogy is now complete, a monumental masterpiece of Chinese science fiction, clocking in at a total length of 880,000 characters. Writing the third volume, 360,000 characters in length, took Liu Cixin roughly a year. The publisher has revealed that Three Body III will be released in November at the earliest. Beginning on September 15, samples began to be released online and will eventually make up an excerpt of 10,000 characters.

Publication Finally Comes For SF Studies

World Chinese Science Fiction Association president Wu Yan said that early November will see the publication of five works of foreign science fiction studies. These will include Trillion Year Spree, Metamorphoses of Science Fiction, and Asimov on Science Fiction, all titles that readers have been eagerly awaiting but which for various reasons have been buried in the translators’ drawers for close to four years. Now they can finally see the light of day.

Literary Journal First Publishes Text of Speeches by SF Authors

The September, 2010 issue of Shanghai Literature published pieces by canadian pharmacy online Fei Dao (“A Lonely Ambush: The Image of China in 21st Century Chinese Science Fiction”) and Han Song (“The Art of Self-Mockery: Some Characteristics of Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction”), which the two SF authors had presented at the International Conference on Literature in the First Decade of the 21st Century: Present and Future held in July.

Chinese SF Goes Back to Italy

Yao Haijun, vice-president of the World Chinese Science Fiction Association, revealed that the Italian-language Selected Chinese Science Fiction will be published in Italy in November. The volume will include nine representative works by Chinese authors. This is another success for Science Fiction World’s “Overseas Promotion Plan for Chinese Science Fiction Authors.”

WCSFA Pushes Publishing

Not ten days after the inaugural meeting of the World Chinese Science Fiction Association and the first XINGYUN awards ceremony, the WCSFA signed a publication agreement for Selected Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction, an anthology of stories by authors new and old. The book represents a breakthrough in that its works will be drawn from Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as the mainland in order to form a review of Chinese science fiction in the 21st century. The book aims for a year-end publication date, a season that will also see the publication of Romantic Journeys, a series of critical biographies md in canada after pharmacy of mainland SF authors and editors, as well as Liu Cixin’s latest, Three Body III.

“Chinese SF Industry Development” An Official Research Topic

Not long after the 3-21 affair (the impeachment of Science Fiction World’s director by its editorial staff), the Department of Policy Studies and Publicity of the China Association of Science and Technology brought together individuals involved in science fiction for a forum on the science fiction industry at which “Chinese Science Fiction Industry Development” was approved as a research topic. The Sichuan Association of Science and Technology will spearhead the organization of academic

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King of Science Fiction to be Renamed New Science Fiction

Founded in 1996, King of Science Fiction will be redesigned next year, splitting into two editions under the title New Science Fiction: a literature edition online pharmacy and a digest edition. The official King of Science Fiction contains two promotional posters concerning the redesign.

Young SF Authors Attend Convention in Japan

Young Chinese science fiction authors including, Xia Jia and Liang Qingsan, attended the 49th Nihon SF Taikai, “TOKON 10,” held in Tokyo. Their presentations and explanation of the developments in Chinese SF over the past few years were praised by the other attendees. This was the first time that young SF authors have organized and taken part in an exchange between the Chinese and Japanese science fiction worlds.

Chinese 3D Animation Screened at Venice

Avatar and How to Train Your Dragon were honored at the Venice Film Festival’s Persol 3-D Award ceremony held at the Sala Perla on the evening of September 10, local time.

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Following the conclusion of the ceremony, Chinese director Zhang Yuan’s eleven-minute 3D film Space Guy was shown as one of the finale film of the Persol 3-D Awards. Space Guy was also part of the red-carpet segment of the evening’s program, with Zhang Yuan, who voiced the part of Daddy Dog, introducing the film’s writer and producer, Li Xinyun.

SF Cinema: A “wide gap” Between Professionals and Indies

The science fiction film City Under Siege has sold more than 90 million RMB in tickets and is likely to break Chinese-language SF film box office records, yet voices of dissatisfaction have still been heard. Previous high-budget Chinese-language SF like Kung-Fu Cyborg and Future X-Cops were box-office disappointments. A refreshing contrast is the online fervor over a SF film written and directed independently by post-90s SF fan Shen Lin. Mission: Middle School #1 is an 80-minute long film divided into two parts, and Shen himself plays the lead. Local websites recorded interviews with Shen and the creative team. In other news, Qin Zheng, a science fiction writer best known for his digital video series Beihang Anxiety, recently released a red/blue 3D preview of Beihang Anxiety II.

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Li, Dongmei Ren, & Guangyi Li, Trans. Joel Martinsen

刘慈欣新作《三体3——死神永生》完成

至此《三体》系列全部完成,三部小说共计88万字,可算是中国科幻小说中难得的鸿篇巨制。第三部写作花费刘慈欣一年左右的时间,共36万字。据出版方透露,《三体3》最快可于11月面市。从9月15日起,将在网站分批次放出试阅章节,累计一万字。

国外科幻理论专著终于迎来出版的曙光

世界华人科幻协会会长吴岩称11月初即将出版五本国外科幻理论名著,包括大家渴望已久的《狂欢万亿年》、《科幻小说变形记》、《阿西莫夫论科幻》等等,由于种种原因这一批国外科幻理论名著被埋藏于译者抽屉近四年,现在终于迎来灿烂的阳光!

纯文学期刊首次刊登科幻作家发言稿

《上海文学》2010第9期刊登了飞氘的《寂寞的伏兵——新世纪科幻小说中的中国形象》和韩松的《自嘲的艺术——当代中国科幻的一些特征》二文,这是两位科幻作家在刚刚结束的“新世纪十年文学:现状与未来国际研讨会”上的发言。

中国科幻再次“走进”意大利

据世界华人科幻协会副会长姚海军透露,意大利文的《中国科幻小说选》将于11月在意大利出版,其中收录9篇中国科幻名家的代表作。这是《科幻世界》“中国科幻作家海外推广计划”成功推进的又一步。

世界华人科幻协会带动出版

世界华人科幻协会成立大会暨首届全球华语“星云奖”颁奖大会后不过十余天,协会便与出版社签约编撰《中国当代科幻文学精选》一书,该选集不仅囊括新老作者,更突破以往内地的选集范围将之扩展到港台作品,对中国新世纪的科幻文学进行了一次检阅。该书预计年底出版,而多位大陆科幻作家、编辑的评传将辑成《浪漫之旅》系列与刘慈欣新作《三体3》同步出版!

“中国科幻产业发展研究”成为官方课题

3.21事件(《科幻世界》编辑集体弹劾社长事件)之后不久,中国科协调宣部约集科幻圈人士举行了一次关于科幻产业的座谈会,会上通过了“中国科幻产业发展研究”的课题。该课题由四川省科协牵头组织,多位学者及专业人士参与。这很可能是官方组织的最系统的科幻产业研究,该课题极具前瞻性,具有重要意义。

《科幻大王》确定改版为《新科幻》

创刊于1996年的《科幻大王》杂志将于明年改版,分刊为《新科幻·文摘》和《新科幻·文学》两本杂志,之前曾曝光的故事版目前已确定命名为文学版。日前,《科幻大王》已在其官方博客上公布了两张关于改版的宣传海报。

中国青年科幻作家参与日本科幻大会

以夏笳、梁清散等为首的中国青年科幻作家参与了第49届日本东京科幻大会,并在会上做了讲演发言,介绍了近几年中国科幻的发展情况,获得听众的广泛好评。这也是在中日科幻界之间,首次由青年作家自发组织参与的交流活动。

中国3D动画片亮相威尼斯电影节

意大利当地时间9月10日晚,威尼斯电影节“3D电影大奖”颁奖典礼在珍珠影院(Sala Perla)举行,《阿凡达》和《驯龙高手》最终获得该奖。颁奖仪式结束后,中国导演张元的11分钟3D动画短片《太空侠》作为“3D电影大奖”颁奖典礼的压轴片之一上映。《太空侠》参加了当晚的红地毯仪式,电影中狗爸爸的配音演员就是张元本人,张元还向大家介绍了影片的制片人和编剧李昕芸。

科幻电影:专业与民间“差距大”

科幻电影《全城戒备》票房超过九千万,很有可能创造华语科幻电影的票房记录,但仍惹来一片不满之声。此前《机器侠》、《未来警察》等高投入的华语科幻电影票房均不理想。与之形成鲜明对比——民间“90后”幻迷申霖自编自导自演的科幻电影则蹿红网络,这部名为《一中行动》的视频长达80分钟,分为上下两部分,申霖亲自饰演了片中的男一号。当地网站还专门邀请申霖和主创人员录制了访谈节目。曾以北航系列DV电影为人所熟知的科幻作家覃政也于日前发布了《北航惊魂2》红蓝3D版预告片。

编辑:李兵、任冬梅、李广益 翻译: Joel Martinsen

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重庆人,北京大学文学学士(2004)、清华大学文学硕士(2007)、加州大学洛杉矶分校文学博士(2013),现为重庆大学人文社会科学高等研究院文学与文化研究中心副教授。曾担任北京大学科幻协会会长。学术兴趣:中国现当代文学、中国思想史、科幻文学与文化、乌托邦文学与思想。

Guangyi Li, Associate Professor of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (IAS) at Chongqing University. B.A. Peking University (2004), M.A. Tsinghua University (2007), Ph.D. UCLA (2013). Former president of the Science Fiction Association of Peking University (SFAPU). Academic interests include modern and contemporary Chinese literature, history of Chinese thought, science fiction literature and culture, utopian literature and thought.

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