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Meet Hao Jingfang, author of "Folding Beijing," the dystopian science-fiction writer who advises China’s government — Quartz
When do you usually write in a day?

Five to seven o’clock in the morning. I barely write after work. In the evening I play with my daughter, give her a bath, read to her and get her to sleep. Usually I sleep from 11pm to 4am or 5am.

My daughter is under three, and is now sent to kindergarten. My mother lives at my apartment to take care of her most of the time. But she still needs her mother’s company more. I don’t want to separate her from me. Whatever I’m doing at home, she is always allowed to interrupt me.

Let’s talk about the new book you are working on.

It’s a sci-fi novel about China’s ancient civilization. The story is set in the future. It’s about people traveling back to archaeological sites to unveil history.

Archaeology is not able to fill gaps between separate dynasties. There are many gaps I can fill with my imagination. For example, what gives birth to Chinese ritual bronzes? Archaeological materials only show the bronzes became mature during the Shang and Zhou dynasties (1600-256 BC). There is no accumulation and development before that. I can make up lots of reason for that.
interview  author  female  scifi  beijing  mother  sleep 
26 days ago by aries1988





· 第一条建议,就是内心笃定一点。
· 第二条建议,就是理解人的基本需求。
· 第三条建议,就是持续投资于知识技能提升。
· 第四条建议,就是给孩子探究和发挥创意的教育。
· 第五条建议,就是不要鄙薄孩子任何发展方向。
· 第六条建议,就是重视理解事物的本质。
tianjin  author  scifi  self  success  2019  china  advice  parenting  future  education  workforce 
january 2019 by aries1988
Fantasy, Fantastique, SF... mais pourquoi la France a-t-elle un problème avec l'imaginaire ?
Pourtant on ne peut pas dire que l’imaginaire ait manqué à l’histoire littéraire du pays de Rabelais, avec Jules Verne, les surréalistes, Julien Gracq, Marcel Aymé, Pierre Boulle («la Planète des singes»), René Barjavel («la Nuit des temps») ou encore Pierre Paireault alias Stefan Wul («Niourk») pour n’en citer que quelques-uns. Mais dès qu’ils sont considérés comme des classiques, ces romans quittent bien vite le rayon du genre.

Voyons le Goncourt, le plus célèbre de nos prix littéraires, dont les créateurs ont voulu qu’il récompense «le meilleur ouvrage d'imagination en prose» de l’année. De fait, il est remis pour la première fois en 1903 à un roman de science-fiction, «Force ennemie» de John-Antoine Nau, dont le héros est possédé par l’esprit d’un extraterrestre ayant fui sa planète. Et depuis ?

Certes, l’Imaginaire ne représente que 7% du marché français de la fiction… Mais occupe-t-il 7% des rayons des libraires, 7% des pages livres de la presse écrite, 7% des émissions culturelles à la radio ou à la télévision? Non, loin de là.
culture  france  scifi  book  bookstore  opinion  art 
october 2018 by aries1988
詹姆斯·卡梅隆的科幻故事 (豆瓣)
tv  documentary  scifi  watch 
june 2018 by aries1988
'Charlottesville': A Government Story About Nuclear War - The Atlantic

Charlottesville, the small but elegant center of learning, culture, and trade in central Virginia, was not hit either. This monument to the mind and manner of Jefferson retained its status as a kind of genteel sanctuary, momentarily immune to the disaster that had leveled the cities of the nation.
scifi  history  nuclear  war  usa  government  life  explained  policy  survive 
february 2018 by aries1988
What Happens If China Makes First Contact?

Science fiction is sometimes described as a literature of the future, but historical allegory is one of its dominant modes. Isaac Asimov based his Foundation series on classical Rome, and Frank Herbert’s Dune borrows plot points from the past of the Bedouin Arabs. Liu is reluctant to make connections between his books and the real world, but he did tell me that his work is influenced by the history of Earth’s civilizations, “especially the encounters between more technologically advanced civilizations and the original settlers of a place.” One such encounter occurred during the 19th century, when the “Middle Kingdom” of China, around which all of Asia had once revolved, looked out to sea and saw the ships of Europe’s seafaring empires, whose ensuing invasion triggered a loss in status for China comparable to the fall of Rome.

Every so often, a Hans Zimmer bass note would sound, and the glass pane would fill up with the smooth, spaceship-white side of another train, whooshing by in the opposite direction at almost 200 miles an hour.

seti does share some traits with religion. It is motivated by deep human desires for connection and transcendence. It concerns itself with questions about human origins, about the raw creative power of nature, and about our future in this universe—and it does all this at a time when traditional religions have become unpersuasive to many.

China could rightly regard itself as the lone survivor of the great Bronze Age civilizations, a class that included the Babylonians, the Mycenaeans, and even the ancient Egyptians. Western poets came to regard the latter’s ruins as Ozymandian proof that nothing lasted. But China had lasted. Its emperors presided over the planet’s largest complex social organization. They commanded tribute payments from China’s neighbors, whose rulers sent envoys to Beijing to perform a baroque face-to-the-ground bowing ceremony for the emperors’ pleasure.
astronomy  seti  china  alien  chinese  project  state  scientist  scifi  technology  development  2017  future  human  discovery  history  Space  interview 
november 2017 by aries1988
Cyberpunk Cities Fetishize Asian Culture But Have No Asians - Motherboard
The neon kanji billboards. Neander Wallace's yukata, and Joi's cheongsam. The busy Chinatown. The interactive wall of anime apps. K's rice-filled bento box. The dual Japanese-English text on everything. All signs that point to a vibrant, multicultural city, but somehow devoid of non-white characters.

"Since the late 1970s, a key idea in Western science fiction has been that Japan represents the future. Japan's 'weird' culture is a figure for an incomprehensible tomorrow," wrote Annalee Newitz about our fetishization of Japan's idiosyncrasies.
scifi  asia  ethnic  american  culture  movie  opinion 
october 2017 by aries1988
Science fiction translator Ken Liu on Invisible Planets: the first English language anthology of Chinese science fiction | South China Morning Post

I realised even though I was enjoying a lot of Chinese science fiction from my friends, very little of it was published in the West, in English, or any other languages. Since I was enjoying so many of these stories, I’m a fan, I love to share more of these works with my fellow readers – that’s what fans do, they discover things they enjoy and want to share them with everybody else they know – so I got into translation. I translated more short stories, I got them published, introduced more authors to readers here in the US and UK, and it’s been great.
scifi  chinese  book  english  leader 
august 2017 by aries1988
American Gods is wondrous and completely bonkers | 1843

as the character Shadow remarks at one point, In America everything goes on forever.

Anderson was clearly doing his best to convey the woozy, underslept, overstoned, sometimes visionary feeling that one gets from actually reading a Pynchon book. It’s usual for adaptations to transpose or transplant a story, but rather fewer concentrate so dedicatedly on capturing a mood.

And mood is something that the ravishing, exasperating, mysterious, baggy and weird American Gods seems to understand perfectly.
tv  2017  religion  imagination  scifi  book 
may 2017 by aries1988
Ted Chiang’s Soulful Science Fiction

Chiang has been described as a writer of humanist sci-fi; many readers feel that his stories are unusually moving and wonder, given their matter-of-fact tone, where their emotional power comes from.
scifi  language 
january 2017 by aries1988
Author’s Vision of a Future Beijing Looks to China’s Present - The New York Times
I think now is a time of free thought if you look across the broader picture of thousands of years of Chinese history. Thirty years ago, culture and tradition were shattered during the Cultural Revolution. Our generation doesn’t have the same connection to past traditions, and we’ve absorbed so much from Western culture, which is popular.

That has advantages and disadvantages. The bad side is that foreign culture doesn’t have its roots in China, so no matter how much we learn about it, it’s not ours. We don’t know much about traditional culture, which means we are lost. The good side is that we don’t have traditional burdens and are eager to learn unfamiliar things. It’s a time full of uncertainty and potential, and nobody knows where we’re heading.
interview  scifi  chinese 
november 2016 by aries1988
Watching “Arrival” After the Election - The New Yorker
Jia Tolentino on “Arrival,” the new film by Denis Villeneuve and starring Amy Adams, and its lessons for dealing with Donald Trump’s election victory.
movie  scifi  et 
november 2016 by aries1988
The Consuming Fervor of “Arrival”
When aliens come, how will they get here? Well, unless they are sly infiltrators of the flesh, they will probably go for the kind of boastful, get-a-load-of-us craft that was immortalized by Douglas Adams in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” He wrote, “The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.” That was true of “Independence Day,” and it is doubly true of “Arrival,” in which a dozen mountainous ovoids—charcoal gray and rough to the touch, like a pumice stone—show up at various locations around Earth. Rather than land, the vessels suspend themselves in dignified fashion, with their tips facing downward and not quite touching the ground. Whatever their occupants want, it’s a pretty cool way to make an entrance.

what lingers, days after you leave the cinema, is neither the wizardry nor the climax but the zephyr of emotional intensity that blows through the film.
movie  scifi  critic  2016  alien 
november 2016 by aries1988
If Earth-like planet Proxima b has life, what might it be like? | New Scientist
With one face permanently turned to Proxima Centauri, Per Ardua’s “substellar point”, directly beneath the star, is a focus of climate patterns. Around it lie concentric bands of types of life, adapted to set levels of starlight, with analogues of tropical forest at the centre, and temperate forest and taiga further out. From space the planet looks like an archery target broken up across oceans.
book  scifi  planet  cosmos  2016 
august 2016 by aries1988
作者:郝景芳 (1) 清晨4:50,老刀穿过熙熙攘攘的步行街,去找彭蠡。…
scifi  chinese  beijing  city  society 
august 2016 by aries1988
Kim Stanley Robinson's "Aurora": space is bigger than you think
Robinson's punchline, the thing he works up to here and in so many of his other books, is that Earth and humans are interpenetrated with one another. We humans are colony organisms made up of microbiomes of creatures with vastly different evolutionary speed to our macro-selves, and the homeostatic mechanisms that keep our colonies intact are intricately wound around the Earth and its climate, its ecosystems, its natural and built environments.
book  review  scifi 
november 2015 by aries1988
Read Ken Liu's amazing story that swept the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards
Ken Liu’s incredible story “Paper Menagerie” just became the first work of fiction to win all three of SF’s major awards: the Hugo, the Nebula and the World…
instapaper_favs  scifi 
august 2015 by aries1988
Is a Climate Disaster Inevitable?
The physicist Enrico Fermi first formulated this question, now called the Fermi paradox, in 1950. But in the intervening decades, humanity has recognized that our own climb up the ladder of technological sophistication comes with a heavy price. From climate change to resource depletion, our evolution into a globe-spanning industrial culture is forcing us through the narrow bottleneck of a sustainability crisis. In the wake of this realization, new and sobering answers to Fermi’s question now seem possible.
science  scifi  future  civ  earth  space  climate 
january 2015 by aries1988
Environnement : les vérités de l’imaginaire
C’est la rapidité des bouleversements imposés à l’environnement qui produit cette étrangeté. Alors que les citadins occidentaux imaginent que ces bouleversements ne seront un problème que dans un futur lointain et hypothétique – une bonne part les tient même pour de purs fantasmes –, d’autres populations les vivent et les affrontent déjà au quotidien. La science-fiction des uns est, en somme, devenue l’actualité des autres.

Je me trouvais en Chine, en 2007, lors de la première convention de science-fiction et de fantasy de l'histoire chinoise à être approuvée par le Parti. A un moment, j'ai pris à part un officiel de haut rang et je lui ai demandé : «Pourquoi ?» La science-fiction faisait depuis longtemps l'objet d'une désapprobation, qu'est-ce qui avait changé ? "." C'est simple, m'a-t-il répondu. Les Chinois excellaient à créer des choses si d'autres leur en apportaient les plans. Mais ils n'innovaient pas, ils n'inventaient pas. Ils n'imaginaient pas. Aussi ont-ils envoyé une délégation chez Apple, Microsoft, Google et ils ont posé là-bas, aux gens qui inventaient le futur, des questions sur eux-mêmes. Et ils ont découvert que tous lisaient de la science-fiction lorsqu'ils étaient enfants.
scifi  environment  future  opinion  mentality 
december 2014 by aries1988
VOL.788 如何超越肉身禁锢? | ONE·一个
from:rss  handicap  scifi  question  life  howto 
december 2014 by aries1988
The End Is A.I.: The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative
Is machine sentience not only possible, but inevitable? Of course not. But don't tell that to devotees of the Singularity, a sci-fi-inspired theory that sounds like science, but is really just the rapture for nerds.

This is what Vinge dubbed the Singularity, a point in our collective future that will be utterly, and unknowably transformed by technology’s rapid pace. The Singularity—which Vinge explores in depth, but humbly sources back to the pioneering mathematician John von Neumann—is the futurist’s equivalent of a black hole, describing the way in which progress itself will continue to speed up, moving more quickly the closer it gets to the dawn of machine super intelligence. Once artificial intelligence (AI) is accomplished, the global transformation could take years, or mere hours. Notably, Vinge cites a SF short story by Greg Bear as an example of the latter outcome, like a prophet bolstering his argument for the coming end-times with passages from scripture.

Neuroscience has made incredible progress in directly observing the brain, and drawing connections between electrical and neurochemical activity and some forms of behavior. But the closer we zoom in on the mind, the more complex its structures and patterns appear to be. The purpose of the Human Brain Project, as well as the United States’s BRAIN Initiative, is to address the fact that we know astonishingly little about how and why human beings think about anything. These projects aren’t signs of triumph over our biology, or indications that the finish line is near. They’re admissions of humility.

“If you asked someone, 50 years ago, what the first computer to beat a human at chess would look like, they would imagine a general AI,” says Naam. “It would be a sentient AI that could also write poetry and have a conception of right and wrong. And it’s not. It’s nothing like that at all.” Though it outplayed Garry Kasparov in 1997, IBM’s Deep Blue is no closer to sentience than a ThinkPad laptop. And despite its Jeopardy prowess, “IBM’s Watson can’t play chess, or drive one of Google’s robotic cars,” says Naam. “We’re not actually trending towards general AI in anyway. We’re just building better and better specialized systems.”
scifi  ai  opinion  future  brain 
december 2014 by aries1988
thomasdagg - the blog - star wars
commercial and editorial photographer Thomas Dagg
photography  starwars  scifi  reality 
october 2014 by aries1988
This Is the Best Anti-Superhero Movie of the Summer
“Snowpiercer” opened the same day as the latest “Transformers” film, and many reviews pit the two against each other. But there may be a case to make, too, for “Snowpiercer” as the anti-superhero movie. A superhero’s supposed to save the world and lead its people to freedom. In “Snowpiercer,” the only path to freedom is to repudiate the world, or at least its order, and blow the whole thing up.
movie  scifi 
september 2014 by aries1988
Mad Scientist Club — The Magazine
The answer to exactly why different members became so deeply involved over the years varies, depending on whom you ask. But a devotion to science is often a strong factor. There is a long history of science and science fiction rubbing against each other, one bleeding into the other.

Science fiction wildly projects out what science takes a long, slow time to catch up with. It’s a sandbox in which to try out big ideas. At an institute that regularly cranks out little pieces of the future, the MIT science fiction library is like a repository of potential futures — still relevant, however silly they may sometimes seem.

“Almost all Sci Fi is about the present and about who we are now. The human condition changes slowly and therefore well-written stories that explore our humanity among a wonderful vista of ideas are still relevant hundreds of years later.”
scifi  student  archive 
june 2014 by aries1988


scifi  interview  reading  cosmos  human  religion 
june 2014 by aries1988
(5 条消息) 《黑客帝国》里的锡安是不是虚拟世界? - 知乎
其实这部电影最精彩的部分并非虚拟与现实,而是自由意志(Free will)的哲学思辨。人到底有没有选择,是否有自由意志,一切是否是注定的?Oracle为何可以预测很多事情?这才是影片最精彩的核心内容。
movie  debate  scifi  matrix 
may 2014 by aries1988
当狄仁杰的马不再是马:谈谈科幻电影中物与功能的错位 | 微科幻主题站 | 果壳网 科技有意思
scifi  movie 
october 2013 by aries1988

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