If you belong to a Chinese dating site, you might also be interested in Chinese art and literature. If so, you probably already know that although China has a rich culture and many well-known authors, the country still needs to make some progress when it comes to science fiction.
Author Liu Cixin might be about to change that forever. Cixin has won nine Galaxy Awards, which is comparable to the Hugo Award. He has sold millions of books, most of which have been translated into several different languages including English, and his work happens to be science fiction.
What made Cixin decide to focus on science fiction? He is inspired by things like standing on the Bund in Shanghai and gazing up at the Oriental Pearl Tower, which he likens to a spacecraft.
His 2008 novel, The Three-Body Problem, is the first book in his trilogy. It takes place during the Cultural Revolution and follows the events that take place when an alien civilization picks up on Chinese radio signals. The alien-human relationship ends up being pretty volatile. Some view this story as a social commentary on current events.
Another thing that might have inspired Cixin is the fact that he also happens to be a historian of science at Beijing’s Tsinghua University.
Last year, Chinese-American sci-fi author Ken Liu translated Cixin’s works into English. Next year, we’ll be seeing movie versions of Liu’s works on the silver screen. When the movie comes out, will you be taking your Chinese dating site love along?