International cooperation on science fiction expected in Asia

CHENGDU, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) — More international cooperation in the science fiction industry is expected in Asia, said science fiction writers from Asian countries at an ongoing conference in Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

More international cooperation will help Asia shine in the global science fiction industry in the future, said science fiction writers from countries including the Republic of Korea, Japan, India and Malaysia at the 5th China (Chengdu) International Science Fiction Conference that opened Friday.

Themed “Multiple Fantasy, Colorful Future,” the three-day conference attracted more than 360 writers, experts and representatives from the science fiction industry.

“People are beginning to become more interested in science fiction, which has entered videos, dramas and animated films in our country,” said YK Yoon from the Republic of Korea.

“In both China and India, we’ve come to know science fiction long ago. It’s not entirely a Western construction but more about putting old formulas in a new bottle,” said Srinarahari Mysore Hanumanthan from India.

People in the sci-fi industry should strengthen cooperation on creativity and weave elements from different countries into one story, said Jaymee Goh from Malaysia. “We can write a very beautiful story, an Asian story.”

Chengdu, best known as the home of pandas, is the cradle of Science Fiction World, China’s most popular sci-fi periodical.

Founded 40 years ago, the magazine has cultivated a large number of well-known sci-fi figures including Han Song, Wang Jinkang and Hugo Award-winner Liu Cixin.

Chengdu has made great efforts in recent years to develop the sci-fi culture industry and build itself into China’s leading science fiction town. It has put in a formal bid to host the 81st World Science Fiction Convention in 2023.


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