By Regina Kanyu Wang et al. Published as part of Vector 293 exploring Chinese SF.
According to Science Fiction World, the concept of “science fiction (SF) industry” was first proposed in academia in 2012, when a group of experts were brought together by the Sichuan Province Association of Science and Technology to comb and research SF related industry, and put together the Report of Research on the Development of Chinese SF Industry. Narrowly defined, the SF industry includes SF publishing, SF films, SF series, SF games, SF education, SF merchandise, and other SF-related industries, while a broader definition also includes the supporting industries, upstream or downstream in the industry chain.
According to the 2020 Chinese Science Fiction Industry Report, the gross output of the Chinese SF industry in 2019 sums up to 65.87 billion RMB (about 7.4 billion GBP), among which games and films lead the growth, with publishing and merchandise following (check out more in Chinese here). The SF industry plays an important part in China’s cultural economic growth.
We have invited sixteen organizations, companies, and projects that play a role in China’s SF industry to introduce themselves to the English readers. You can see the diversity and vigour from the texts they provided. We’ve tried to keep editing to a minimum in order to show how they posit and define themselves in the SF industry. Here they are, ordered alphabetically.
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- Kincaid, Paul. Iain M. Banks. University of Illinois Press, 2017.
- Hubble, Nick, Maccallum-Stewart, Esther, and Norman, Joseph, eds. The Science Fiction of Iain M. Banks. Canterbury, UK: Gylphi, 2018.
- Colebrook, Martyn and Cox, Katarine, eds. The Transgressive Iain Banks: Essays on a Writer Beyond Borders. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013.
- Norman, Joseph S. The Culture of “The Culture”: Utopian Processes in Iain M. Banks’s Space Opera Series. Liverpool UP, 2021.
- Caroti, Simone. The Culture Series of Iain M. Banks: A Critical Introduction. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2018.
- ‘A Few Questions About the Culture’: Jude Roberts interviews Iain M. Banks. Strange Horizons.
- Vint, Sherryl. Bodies of Tomorrow: Technology, Subjectivity, Science Fiction. Toronto: University of Toronto Presss, 2007.
- Iain (M.) Banks at the Science Fiction Encyclopedia.
- Nussbaum, Abigail. A review of Paul Kincaid’s Iain M. Banks. A Political History of the Future.
- Hubble. Nick. A review of Paul Kincaid’s Iain M. Banks. Strange Horizons.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database.
Crash Course style may not be appealing to all, but younger audiences may appreciate John Green’s thoughts on:
- ‘The Handmaids Tale’ by Margaret Atwood
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With the stakes so high, we need to keep asking critical questions about how machines conceptualize and operationalize space. How do they render our world measurable, navigable, usable, conservable? […] In a coming age of robot warfare and policing, we could see designers specializing in the creation of robot-illegible worlds rather than machine-readable ones […]
Shannon Mattern: ‘Mapping’s Intelligent Agents’ at Places.
Here’s a roundup of some recent calls for academic papers:
Reports, reflections, and other bits on WorldCon 75 last week:
(Isn’t that a fantastic title for a post?)
Over the last few weeks, Nic has posted a series of thought-provoking explorations of Gwyneth Jones’ Life, looking at its relationship with institutions and attitudes towards scientific practice; its self-consciousness as feminist sf, as a commentary on the role of women in a science fictional world; the core of the relationships which define the plot of the book; and the fictional scientific discovery at the heart of the story and how it affects gender.
Life, the seventh book we’ve examined in the Future Classics series here on Torque Control, is our last book from 2004, the end of the first half of the decade this book list covers. The remaining four books cover the rest of the decade. For planning ahead, those are
- Jo Walton, Farthing (in late September)
- Sarah Hall, The Carhullan Army/Daughters of the North (October)
- Ursula Le Guin, Lavinia (November)
- Gwyneth Jones, Spirit (December)
My thanks to Nic for joining us for this discussion (and perhaps more in the future?), and to those of you who read along and participated in the discussion. It’s never too late to come back to these posts and do so.
Discussion: Part 1 – Science and Sensibilities; Part 2 – Feminisms; Part 3 – Roles and Relationships; Part 4 – Gender and Conclusion
A recent, related post:
bookgazing asks for insights into what new things cis-gendered women could become “in the middle of a pre-existing world full of pre-conceptions about gender and behaviour?”
Why did Zoo City win this year’s Clarke Award?
The jury isn’t allowed to tell us, but the entrants into the contest to guess the winner of this year’s Clarke Award can.
Zoo City because if it doesn’t win then the judges are wrong.
I haven’t read any of the books, but that is the one I keep hearing the most positive things about. Also, she’s the most active on Twitter.
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes. One of the most extraordinary books I’ve read in the last ten years or so. Hopefully the Clarke Award is just a stop-off point on the way to the Hugos.
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes – any book recommended by William Gibson as a favourite stands a very good chance!
Because [it] made me realise how much I missed devouring a book.
Zoo City by Lauren Beakes – like nothing you’ve read before. A true original.
Yagiz [Between Two Books]:
I haven’t read it yet but many people speak very highly of it and it’s been on my TBR pile. So I think it’s going to win the award and this will make me read it soon after.
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes, because its a shoe-in.
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes because it’s as good a guess as any, seeing as I haven’t read any of these.
For it’s originality and true grit, countermanding old-school cyberpunk without puerile braggadocio
Zoo City. I like the cover and the title.