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How Chinese science fiction went from underground magazines to a Netflix blockbuster


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The Three Body Problem is a legit good novel. But I don't like how these are considered a "cultural export". Let people connect via the live

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The novel Three Body Problem was good, if over long and a tad slow. Tried to watch the Chinese movie by the same name, but although well made, was just too slow for me. Am looking forward to checking out the Netflix version.

I have been reading sci fi for many decades, and while I appreciated Three Body Problem, especially its different way of looking at aliens, it just wasn't that well written....or translated, I wouldn't know. IMO, it was good, but not great.

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It turned out several candidates had been disqualified, raising censorship concerns. They included New York Times bestselling authors R. F. Kuang and Xiran Jay Zhao, both politically active writers with family ties to China.

I guess they didn't actually read Kuang's work; the awful Poppy War in particular. Obviously anti- everything Japanese, even to an apolitical reader like me. They didn't miss much. A lamentable piece of fantasy sci-fi in my opinion.

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