• Interpreting Cixin Liu

    From Gary McGath@21:1/5 to All on Sun Feb 6 08:35:58 2022
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    In researching how people are reacting to the Chengdu Worldcon, I
    discovered that in 2020, some US senators tried to pressure Netflix into
    not running an adaptation of Cixin Liu's _The Three-Body Problem_. They
    don't seem to like Cixin's stated views. Sounds like something the
    Chinese government would do.

    I've read _The Three-Body Problem_ but not the subsequent books. The
    opening overtly shows how horrible the Cultural Revolution was. By the
    end, aliens are using nanotech surveillance to interfere with the
    advancement of science on Earth.

    To me, this could be read as a subtle criticism of the Chinese
    government. If so, I'm impressed that he got away with it. Cixin has
    defended the Chinese government's treatment of the Uyghurs when asked,
    but what else could he do if he ever wanted to be published again?

    I'm wondering how others interpret his views, either within the novels
    or in general.

    Gary McGath http://www.mcgath.com

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