Seen in → No.50
The Chinese government is financing scifi awards and festivals amidst its efforts to augment scientific literacy. Echos of [[Why Science Fiction Is the Most Important Genre]] in last week’s issue.
It’s not the first golden age of sci-fi in China, though. Wang Yao says that was between 1978 and 1983 during reforms initiated by late Deng Xiaoping. “It was thought that science fiction could cultivate a scientific spirit, and the authorities assigned authors to write books in the genre,” says Wang.