The upcoming 2011 Fall issue of <i>Renditions</i>, a literary journal based in Hong Kong, will offer English readers a fine selection of translated Chinese scifi stories. For anyone interested in China, this special issue is a must-read.
This paper takes the "Lunar Colony" as an example, which is the most representative science fiction novel in late Qing dynasty, making in-depth analysis from the visual angle of the space-time concept. By "Lunar Colony",for the first time "Moon" is taken as a hypostatic space concept. Meanwhile, it gets rid of the Sinocentric space concept which has been a primary idea of traditional Chinese literature, and adopts the concept of "China being a member of the world" instead. Next, its time concept is different from the cyclical time concept of traditional Chinese literature because the "Lunar Colony" is based on the linear time in Darwinism. The reason for these changes was the introduction of western thought. Rooted in the West, after being introduced into China science fiction not only disseminated the new concepts, but also inspired the imagination of modernity with the new space-time concept. Featured by works like the "Lunar Colony," late Qing science fiction was one of the sprouts of Chinese literary modernity at the turn of century. Therefore, more attention should be paid to this new genre. It has considerable significance in the research of the "Chinese literary modernity."
A bibliography for reprints of late Qing and early Republican science fictions.
scholarship on the factors of traditional culture in late Qing science fiction.