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Title The reincarnated giant : an anthology of twenty-first-century Chinese science fiction / edited by Mingwei Song and Theodore Huters.
Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, [2018]

Series Weatherhead books on Asia
Weatherhead books on Asia.
Subject Science fiction, Chinese -- Translations into English.
Chinese fiction -- 21st century -- Translations into English.
Alt Name Song, Mingwei,
Huters, Theodore,
Description 1 online resource (xxi, 424 pages).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Introduction : does science fiction dream of a Chinese new wave? / Mingwei Song -- 1. Regenerated bricks / Han Song -- 2. The village schoolteacher / Liu Cixin -- 3. Histories of time : the luster of mute porcelain (excerpts) / Dung Kai-Cheung -- 4. The dream devourer / Egoyan Zheng -- 5. The demon-enslaving flask / Xia Jia -- 6. The poetry cloud / Liu Cixin -- 7. "Science fiction" : a chapter of Daughter / Lo Yi-Chin -- 8. Balin / Chen Qiufan -- 9. The radio waves that never die / La La -- 10. 1923 : a fantasy / Zhao Haihong -- 11. The passengers and the Creator / Han Song -- 12. The reincarnated giant / Wang Jinkang -- 13. The rain forest / Chi Hui -- 14. The demon's head / Fei Dao -- 15. Songs of ancient earth / Bao Shu.
Summary A new wave of Chinese science fiction is here. This golden age has not only resurrected the genre but also subverted its own conventions. Going beyond political utopianism and technological optimism, contemporary Chinese writers conjure glittering visions and subversive experiments--ranging from space opera to cyberpunk, utopianism to the posthuman, and parodies of China's rise to deconstructions of the myth of national development. This anthology showcases the best of contemporary science fiction from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the People's Republic of China. In fifteen short stories and novel excerpts, The Reincarnated Giant opens a doorway into imaginary realms alongside our own world and the history of the future. Authors such as Lo Yi-chin, Dung Kai-cheung, Han Song, Chen Qiufan, and the Hugo winner Liu Cixin--some alive during the Cultural Revolution, others born in the 1980s--blur the boundaries between realism and surrealism, between politics and technology. They tell tales of intergalactic war; decoding the last message sent from an extinct human race; the use of dreams as tools to differentiate cyborgs and humans; poets' strange afterlife inside a supercomputer; cannibalism aboard an airplane; and unchecked development that leads to uncontrollable catastrophe. At a time when the Chinese government promotes the "Chinese dream," the dark side of the new wave shows a nightmarish unconscious. The Reincarnated Giant is an essential read for anyone interested in the future of the genre.
Note Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on July 15, 2020).
ISBN 9780231542548 electronic book
0231542542 electronic book
9780231180221 hardcover ; acid-free paper
0231180225 hardcover ; acid-free paper
9780231180238 paperback ; acid-free paper
0231180233 paperback ; acid-free paper
OCLC # 1022075653
Additional Format Print version: Reincarnated giant. New York : Columbia University Press, [2018] 9780231180221 (DLC) 2018001388 (OCoLC)1022074862



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