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Instagram so­ci­ety are at the heart of Hao Jing­fang’s Fold­ing Bei­jing, which won the pres­ti­gious Hugo Award this year (she beat out Stephen King int hPe in sta em re est cat­e­gory ). In Hao’s web novel, first pub­lished in a Chi­nese on­line sci-fi mes­sage board, China’ s cap tit wail tc tie ty rb ta et ct lo em es a‘ folded’ me­trop­o­lis, wit J ho th sr heiens’ eJ po as ra h tie, par­al­lel so­cial classes oc­cu­py­ing the same space,

Looks like Bigg Boss fans are but never in­ter­act­ing or ac­knowl­edg­ing the

con­fus­ing TV ac­tor Ro­han pres­ence of the other.

Mehra with co­me­dian Ro­han LBi­nokethdIHn ao and Liu fea­ture in a new com­pi­la­tion

Joshi. Sick of be­ing Tweeted at, of Chi­nese sci-fi sto­ries, In­vis­i­ble Plan­ets,

Joshi at first asked peo­ple to re­leased a few months ago by Tor Books.

rec­tify their er­ror. When that f20s1t6yles and set­tings are au­da­cious:

didn’t work, Joshi de­cided to from Ma Boy­ong’s City of Si­lence,

em­brace his new­found fame which up­dates Or­well’s 1984 to con­tend with as a re­al­ity TV star, and started ask­ing peo­ple to vote for him.

Instagram odern China is so crazy it needs a new lit­er­ary genre.” The Chi­nese writer Ning Ken, in an es­say pub­lished on­line Pin terese tar lier this year, calls it“ul­tra Fa-u c en bre­ooaklfi ct ion” F, ace book heady mix of sci-fi, spec­u­la­tive fu­ture-gaz­ing and down­right sur­real nar­ra­tives that at­tempt to some­how cap­ture the ab­suWrdh ia tit esp aenrc dec no tn a-ge tr a dic­tions of Chi­nese so­ci­ety t mode any. aN nodww,fo i-men nally, the rest of the world can guest tah­sets ee osfo itc.

Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Prob­lem hits In­dian LinkedIn book­shelves this month, in a trans­la­tion

Twit­ter by Ken Liu. A sen­sa­tion in China, the Hugo-award win­ning novel is be­ing adapted into a big-bud­get epic due for re­lease in 2017.

The Three-Body Prob­lem is a novel of first-con­tact, of en­coun­ter­ing an alien species. But it takes this well-worn for­mula to bold, dizzy­ing new places. Start­ing from China’s Cul­tural New Lyrics, Same Pol­icy Rev­o­lu­tion in the 1960s, it spans gal­ax­ies A.R. Rah­man’sand vir­tual re­cent re­al­i­ties, per­for­mance cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from of his se­cre­told Tamil gov­ern­men­thit, ‘Ur­vasi’, was pro­ject­sjust a to China’s rau­cous, bit dif­fer­ent. murkyOver 6 mil­lion ‘deep have web’. seenIn sweep and grand­ness his per­for­manceof idea,on MTVit re­calls Un­plugged,the best of Isaac Asimov with crowd­sourcedand Arthur C. lyrics Clarke.like ‘If Yet the it is un­mis­tak­ably 500 ru­pee Chi­nese. note The gets de­mon­e­tised.’As­novel man­ages to cap­ture the al­ways, cu­ri­ous­the lyrics con­tra­dic­tion­were fol­lowed at by thethe heart of 21st cen­tury fa­mil­iar re­frain: China, ‘...takeof a it rad­i­caleasy pol­icy.’ modernism co­ex­ist­ing

Salt Seller with rad­i­cal tra­di­tion­al­ism. One of the novel’s

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an ac­cor­dion made 30 mil­lion laugh and car­ries that wari­ness of the stat aevwi diet oh oh fe h rim del­i­cately but deftly sp rinks lion mg se ag lt eon ea tic ally-en­gi­neered even as she be­comes a sci­en­tist hersstealfk, twre­on­rdke-d on­line. He is now re­ferred toAans ing on se­cret gov­ern­ment projects. B Lei kt ev­ery­one want sap inch of that. Clarke and Asimov, Liu is more in­ter­ested in a sci­ence show-and-tell than with deep char­ac­ters, but enough so­cial commentary fil­ters through to make The Three-Body PTro obMlemis sa es ObaAm­no­vaelette com­pelling work of 21st cen­tury con­tempo-

A let­ter from the daugh­ters of rary fic­tion, rather than a novel of sci-fi ideas.

for­mer US pres­i­dent Ge­orge Mum’ s T th he es­eWc on rd tr ad ic tory lay­ers of Chi­nese

W. Bush to the daugh­ters of Les­bian cou­ple Do­minique and Crissy, out­go­ing pres­i­dent Barack with a mil­lion-plus YouTube sub­scribers, Obama is be­ing widely shared an­nounced they were ex­pect­ing. Trolls on­line. “Ex­plore your pas­sions. swiftly ap­peared, say­ing Do­minique was Learn who you are. Make mis­takes—you than‘too mas­cu­line’a hun­dredto carry pagesa baby; for but the the au­thors to get to the China in the de­bate of how to con­front In­dia’s big­gest for­eign are al­lowed to,” ques­tion­ladies shot is back,a pity. say­ing (At they 418 were pages, both the book could have done pol­icy chal­lenge. It de­liv­ers a sharp re­al­ity check and

wrote Jenna and Bar­bara Bush with women tighterand the edit­ing­choice was that theirs. would have bet­ter pre­sented its stark warn­ings at a time the gov­ern­ment has be­gun

to Sasha and Malia Obama. well-ar­gued the­sis, as well as with sim­pler or­gan­i­sa­tion, speak­ing of In­dia’s am­bi­tions to take on a more prom­i­nent rather than the leaps in chap­ters from China to Pak­istan to global role as a “lead­ing power”. “The world lis­tens In­dia’ s op­tions, be­fore re­turn­ing to Kash­mir and Ti­bet and to Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping not J ba em ce asuC so er doefnh’ si sp soko if ll so a asp ao np era, an­oth­wehr re­forms .) Duo book ole rt a st yo oru,”s wt hi tech au­thors re­mind Del whit,h“Kb aunt y eb We ce a stu ly srei cC shin in pl a’ c se of

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MTwit­ter al­ways-on so­cial net­works and rest­less ne­timzeants. Qi­u­fan’s Year of the Rat, which de­gree mills and throws su­per rats. d‘Sia tl’t sBn aoet.’ just books that are re­flect­ing the ul­tra-un­real. ClvbZvkvnft, a new al­bum by Shanghai’s in­flu­en­tial in­die band Duck Fight Goose has an en­tire cy­ber-punk nar­ra­tive on a fu­tur­is­tic Chi­nese night­club and is pre­sented live with CGIs of sur­real cityscapes. One re­viewer called it a work of ‘Sinofuturism’. In China, many of these fut Ouv re rs a am re ill a io lr new a ad ty chee dr eth.e se three news­caste—rKs their wardrobes—on live TV @lkummi

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