<i>A New Literary History of China</i>, Harvard University Press, forthcoming.
In this essay, Joel Martinsen gives thought-provoking comments on some "soft" Chinese science fiction novels uttering social critique in an amazing way.
Now Chinese science fiction has its own Nebula Award.
By studying the representative images of China in Chinese Science Fiction since 1990s, this thesis interprets the contemporary cultural appeal and explores the multifunction of SF in nation-state construction, specifically , its vital role in China’s modernization drive. It hopes to create a new field in SF interpretation.