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Cara Healey and Chinese Science Fiction: Home
This guide provides resources on Chinese Science Fiction for Dr. Cara Healey's presentation on March 20, 2019
Dr. Cara Healey's talk, "Madmen and Iron Houses: Lu Xun, Information Degradation, and Generic Hybridity in Chinese Science Fiction," will be on March 20, 2019 at 4:30 in the Peeler Auditorium.
"Cara earned her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies with an additional Ph.D. emphasis in applied linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017. She received her M.A. in Asian Studies from UCSB in 2013 and her A.B. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University in 2009.
"Cara studies contemporary Chinese science fiction. Her current project is tentatively titled Genre Transgressions and Transnationalism in Chinese Science Fiction.
"Cara has also translated several Chinese-language short stories into English for the literary magazine Pathlight and for a forthcoming Columbia University Press anthology of Chinese science fiction."
-From Cara Healey's Website
Interviews with Chinese Science Fiction Writers
Want to see more Chinese science fiction on the big screen? Check out this trailer for Wandering Earth, a blockbuster science fiction film made in China. Netflix recently purchased the rights to stream the film, so keep looking for it online.
Chinese Science Fiction at the Library
Celestial Empire by Nathaniel IsaacsonChallenging assumptions about science fiction's Western origins, Nathaniel Isaacson traces the development of the genre in China, from the late Qing Dynasty through the New Culture Movement. Through careful examination of a wide range of visual and print media--including historical accounts of the institutionalization of science, pictorial representations of technological innovations, and a number of novels and short stories--Isaacson makes a case for understanding Chinese science fiction as a product of colonial modernity. By situating the genre's emergence in the transnational traffic of ideas and material culture engendered by the presence of colonial powers in China's economic and political centers, Celestial Empires explores the relationship between science fiction and Orientalist discourse. In doing so it offers an innovative approach to the study of both vernacular writing in twentieth-century China and science fiction in a global context. Hardcover is un-jacketed.
Call Number: PL2275.S34 I83 2017
Publication Date: 2017-02-07
The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu; Joel Martinsen (Translator)This near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from Cixin Liu, China's most beloved science fiction author. InThe Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion-in just four centuries' time. The aliens' human collaborators may have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth's defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy. Only the human mind remains a secret. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a daring plan that grants four men enormous resources to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection from Earth and Trisolaris alike. Three of the Wallfacers are influential statesmen and scientists, but the fourth is a total unknown. Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer and sociologist, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he's the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead. The Remembrance of Earth's Past Trilogy The Three-Body Problem The Dark Forest Death's End Other Books Ball Lightning (forthcoming)
Call Number: PL2947.C59 D37 2015
Publication Date: 2015-08-11
Death's End by Cixin Liu; Ken Liu (Translator)TheNew York Timesbestselling conclusion to a tour de force near-future adventure trilogy from China's bestselling and beloved science fiction writer. WithThe Three-Body Problem, English-speaking readers got their first chance to read China's most beloved science fiction author, Cixin Liu.The Three-Body Problem was released to great acclaim including coverage inThe New York Times andThe Wall Street Journal and reading list picks by Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg.It was also won the Hugo and Nebula Awards, making it the first translated novel to win a major SF award. Now this epic trilogy concludes withDeath's End. Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations will soon be able to co-exist peacefully as equals without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But the peace has also made humanity complacent. Cheng Xin, an aerospace engineer from the early twenty-first century, awakens from hibernation in this new age. She brings with her knowledge of a long-forgotten program dating from the beginning of the Trisolar Crisis, and her very presence may upset the delicate balance between two worlds. Will humanity reach for the stars or die in its cradle? The Remembrance of Earth's Past Trilogy The Three-Body Problem The Dark Forest Death's End Other Books Ball Lightning (forthcoming)
Call Number: Rec. Reading Fiction L
Publication Date: 2017-09-05
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken LiuBestselling author Ken Liu selects his multiple award-winning stories for a groundbreaking collection--including a brand-new piece exclusive to this volume. With his debut novel, The Grace of Kings, taking the literary world by storm, Ken Liu now shares his finest short fiction in The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories. This mesmerizing collection features many of Ken's award-winning and award-finalist stories, including: "The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary" (Finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards), "Mono No Aware" (Hugo Award winner), "The Waves" (Nebula Award finalist), "The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species" (Nebula and Sturgeon Award finalists), "All the Flavors" (Nebula Award finalist), "The Litigation Master and the Monkey King" (Nebula Award finalist), and the most awarded story in the genre's history, "The Paper Menagerie" (The only story to win the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards). Insightful and stunning stories that plumb the struggle against history and betrayal of relationships in pivotal moments, this collection showcases one of our greatest and original voices.