China has upper hand in development of genre
Current environment of technological advances and research is among factors feeding the latest surge in creativity
and possibly enhancing demand for sci-fi creation.
In contrast, sci-fi creation in Europe and the United States in the new century has shifted significantly to entertainment, sentiment and speculation. This undoubtedly stems from diminished expectations for the future and no longer seeking technological progress.
This trend shows the advantage of China’s sci-fi creation. It provides Chinese authors with a chance to be excellent international science fiction writers. Those authors who can see and grasp this advantage will succeed.
The Western science fiction world has developed to be a highly specialized and community-based world. The values of the new generation cannot be satisfied by the focus on technology and looking forward to the future, which was the focus of the past era. The Apollo program, cosmic discovery and can no longer inspire the new generation. They write and hope their own voice can be heard by the world, but they do not write to help politicians, corporate chiefs or Wall Street elites to think about or forecast how the future world will be.
The post-Cold War Western world has become a multipolar world. Western countries, no matter active or passive, have to accept this change.
The export of Chinese culture is inevitable. A region that has maintained productivity growth of several times the world average for several decades will inevitably become a powerful source of cultural output.
Only creation is the foundation of the sci-fi industry, the driving force for the industry’s development. The offline science fiction creation workshops and online writing camp of the company Future Affairs Administration have attracted science fiction creators and technology experts from all fields. The introduction of foreign fiction and exchange programs with science fiction magazines in South Korea further stimulated Chinese writers’ interests in the genre. Compared with funds investment or policy support, the strength is weaker, but it can last for a longer period of time. The value of cultural industries comes from people, and from people’s love and investment in culture. People’s power also needs time to be nurtured.
The difference in the sci-fi industry’s comprehensive development capability is the major gap of the industry’s development in China and the United States. Science fiction culture has the possibility of unlimited extension — a complete chain upstream and downstream. It should be regarded as an independent industry. In addition to exploring market demand and supply, the prosperity of an industry also requires huge investment in research. So far, what Chinese people need to do is to collect and accumulate industrial data and build industrial standards.
We forecast that the Chinese science fiction industry will become an important part of the global sci-fi industry in the next 10 to 15 years. Chinese sci-fi works, including Chinese stories, films and games, will become a key source of cultural output content.
Chinese people should learn lessons from the US and try to build an ecological system that can provide proper development space for different kinds of sci-fi writers and creators. In addition, we should promote industrial specialization, using our patience and profession to create a better industrial future.