Middlebury College has a really interesting event listed for today: Variations on Utopia in Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction. The event will take place from 4:30 – 6pm in the Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room on the college. Here’s the blurb:
“Variations on Utopia in Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction,” a talk by Mingwei Song, associate professor of Chinese, Wellesley College. Dr. Song has published books and articles in both English and Chinese. His Chinese books include Criticism and Imagination (Shanghai, 2013) and The Sorrows of a Floating World: a Biography of Eileen Chang (Taipei, 1996; Shanghai, 1998; Hong Kong, 2001). His first monograph in English, titled Young China: National Rejuvenation and the Bildungsroman, 1900-1959, is forthcoming from Harvard University Asia Center. He guest edited a special issue of Renditions (2012) that featured the English translations of 13 Chinese works of science fiction. He is currently writing a new monograph on the utopian and post-human imageries in twenty-first century Chinese science fiction. Dr. Song’s talk will focus on the works of three influential authors who created the “new wave” of Chinese science fiction: Liu Cixin (b. 1963), Wang Jinkang (b. 1948), and Han Song (b. 1965).
I’m particularly looking forward to reading The Three Body Problem, which is due out next month from Tor Books. This looks to be an event not to miss.