The bidders to hold the 2023 Worldcon in Chengdu, China held a kickoff meeting to publicize their efforts on July 28, the day before the start of CoNZealand. Those attending saw video messages from well-known sff authors Liu Cixin, Wang Jinkang, He Xi, and Yao Haijun, deputy editor-in-chief of Science Fiction World magazine,
A photo shows there also was a video message from Colette H. Fozard and William Lawhorn, co-chairs of Discon III, the 2021 Worldcon in Washington, D.C.. The 2023 site selection vote will be administered by their Worldcon. A press release posted after the meeting quotes Lawhorn —
William Lawhorn, chairman of the 2021 Washington Worldcon, also encouraged Chengdu’s bid. He hopes the Worldcon can expand its scope of influence to farther places on earth. “After all, only by hosting at different places each time, the world-class convention can be diverse and the sci-fi family can be enlarged.” Lawhorn said, “We need Chengdu, China to become a part of our world sci-fi family.”
[Thanks to Science Fiction World, China’s most influential sci-fi magazine, for providing this post. I feel the competition is newsworthy and the beautiful art is something you’ll want to see. However, running the item is not intended as an endorsement of the Chengdu Worldcon bid.]
What does Chengdu look like 100 years later?
Sci-fi works are mind-blowing!
China (Chengdu) International Science Fiction Conference kicked off on November
22, in which the list of winners for “Chengdu After 100 Years” Global Science
Fiction Works Collection sponsored by Chengdu Association for Science and
Technology was officially published and a grand award ceremony was held. These
eye-opening sci-fi works greatly intrigue our expectations for Chengdu 100
100 Years” offers a stage for people to picture the future Chengdu city. It
collected science fiction works from across the world, and set awards of four
groups: Sci-Fi Literature, Sci-Fi Video, Sci-Fi Fine Arts (Adult) and Sci-Fi
Fine Arts (Children), having drawn universal attention from sci-fi fans
worldwide. During the last three months, a total of 431 literary works, 418
fine art works and 21 videos were received from the US, Italy, Japan, South
Korea and other countries and regions. Among them, Images: City of Taste or Taste of City by Yang Wanqing won the
First Prize of Sci-Fi Literature, Chengdu
after 100 Years by Qiu Yuan won the First Prize of Sci-Fi Fine Arts (adult)
and Life in the Air in Chengdu after 100
years by Ji Shuyu won the First Prize of Sci-Fi Fine Arts (children). The
First Prize of Sci-Fi Video remained vacant.
According to He
Xi, Director of the Review Committee of “Chengdu After 100 Years” Global
Science Fiction Works Collection, this one-of-a-kind event in China fully
reflected Chengdu’s imaginative and innovative spirit and demonstrated the city
charm of Chengdu as China’s “capital of science fiction”. Centering on the
theme of science fiction, this global cultural dissemination activity would not
only benefit the international publicity of Chengdu’s city image, but also
promote Chengdu’s construction into “three cities and three capitals” (famous
city of culture & creativity, tourism, and competition, and capital of
delicacy, music, and convention and exhibition), thus significantly pushing the
gathering of global science fiction resources to Chengdu. According to the
organizing committee, the above-mentioned award-winning works will be stored
for at least 100 years after being digitized. Chengdu people 100 years later
will also learn today’s Chengdu people’s imagination of the future through
these outstanding works.
Part of award-winning fine art
works (adult group)
Chengdu after 100 Years
Qiu Yuan, Akita
University of Art
Author’s conception: 100 years later, in Chengdu, the setting sun kindles the sky and a girl is strolling on the street. High buildings tower around in the distance where the light rail runs away. A sea of shining lights shows a bustling world…
Central Core of Chengdu after 100 Years
Li Jun, Beijing Zenjoy
Technology Co., Ltd.
Author’s conception: 100 years later, AI completely replaces human intelligence, and it seems to have evolved Chengdu into a giant and intelligent creature. Urban transportation, public security, pollution, defense, and even human’s job are all coordinated by a central core. Life in such a city is like a game. A human being just needs to receive one or two tasks per day, and the rest of the time is completely free to arrange by self.
? Chengdu, the city of the future?
Zhu Wenlong, Beijing
Wenlu Culture Media Co., Ltd.
Author’s conception: In order to preserve the 3,000 years of cultural history of Chengdu, the king in Bashu cultural mythology has been transformed into a “cuckoo”, the sunbird totem. Folk artists doing magical face-changing and fire spitting are also included in the picture, implying that the cultural inheritance will be immortal and exist in Chengdu 100 years later. Landmarks such as Yuanyang Taikoo Li Street, Radio & TV Tower and De Men Ren Li still stand in the technology-dominated Chengdu 100 years later, and the national treasure panda is still the symbol of the city. Super green antimagnetic buses, light energy-driven delivery robots, light speed trains and AI pandas offering consulting service everywhere bring us to the street scene of Chengdu 100 years later.
Huang Qin, Sichuan
Conservatory of Music
Author’s conception: I’m always thinking-what is the world like when the popular cyberpunk culture shows up with Chengdu landmark buildings? In the future 100 years later, clean energy will provide inexhaustible electricity, and beautiful starry sky at night is also visible in Chengdu. The cutting-edge holographic and AI application incisively showcases the aesthetics of modern science and technology against the night scene, and the lofty Chengdu Tower demonstrates the super advanced material science of Chengdu 100 years later. Though boasting so leading technology, Chengdu people remain true to their original heart, and landmark buildings built by the predecessors are kept intact and even further evolved and created.
Chengdu, City of Purity – Light of Globe
Zhang Xudong, Sichuan
Robin Times Film & TV Media Co., Ltd.
Author’s conception: 100 years later, Chengdu sees epoch-making breakthrough in the field of sci-tech and ecological environment, where AI and nanotechnology get widely used. White nanomaterials are extensively applied to building surfaces to absorb solar energy and also purify the air for their better photosynthesis with plants. Vehicles are all powered by magnetic levitation and electricity, free of gasoline pollution. Chengdu becomes a truly oxygen-rich and pure city. In regard to AI application, small panda carriers serve for transportation, improving the express industry and facilitating the human life. At the same time, AI robots are in widespread use, pushing Chengdu into an era of science fiction. Light of Globe, a high-tech tower developed by artificial intelligence in the Southwest China, constantly updates various core technologies and is the core to control artificial intelligence as well. People in the future are looking forward to sending AI machines into space to continue exploring the universe.
City of Hot Pot
Pan Zhonghao, Beijing
Zenjoy Technology Co., Ltd.
Author’s conception: When it comes to Chengdu, you can’t help but think of Sichuan hot pot. 100 years later, eating hot pot is still a part of people’s life. Chengdu will have developed into a hot pot city… A giant two-layer hot pot circled with a dragon becomes the new landmark of Chengdu. The smoky city is full of waterways that transport hot pot water, and people will take cruise ship to enjoy hot pot in various restaurants… 100 years later, Chengdu is full of cheerful air…
An Ideal City of Ease
Luo Ya, Sunny Day Studio
Author’s conception: 100 years later, Chengdu boasts time-honored and enduring historical heritages (hot pot, Sichuan opera, Taoist culture, Taikoo Li, statue of Chairman Mao, TV Tower, landmark buildings, etc.). We never stop the pace to explore the world and update cognition (the picture shows high-dimensional space-timers, shuttles, high-speed traffic, new forms of energy transmission, etc.). Pandas stand for people living in Chengdu, fun, playful, with trueness. Technology and wisdom are achieved through games. The true meaning of the universe is constantly explored by Chengdu people.
Chengdu in New Century
Author’s conception: With the rise of cutting-edge technology in 100 years, those future scenes in fantasy movies which seem distant have become reality. Chengdu influenced by Chinese culture has a free-spirited personality. Boating on the Nanhe River and feeling the lively night market on the banks of the river, you know that even in the distant future, the inner of Chengdu will remain unchanged.
City of Pandas: A Future with Cate
Yang Hui, Freelancer
Author’s conception: After 100 years, it might be possible to see pandas everywhere! At that time, the tradition of lining up for food is still maintained in the leisure city of Chengdu, and it is no wonder even if two or three alien tourists appear in the queue!
List of Winners for “Chengdu After 100 Years”
City of Taste or Taste of City– by
Flowers Blossom – by Jia Yu
Other – by Wang Yuan
Has Already Been Here – by Liu Wei
Ghost and Fireworks – by Li Huayi
End of Chengdu in 2119 – by Song Ruiyang
Shrugs – by Jia Tianyuan
After 100 Years – by He Jixuan (Zhong Tuiyi)
with Human Face – by Jiang Tian
II. Fine Arts (Adult
after 100 Years – by Qiu Yuan (pen name: Qiu Yuan)
Tower – by Huang Qin
in New Century – by Yang Shu
the city of the future – by Zhu Wenlong
Core of Chengdu after 100 Years – by Li Jun
of Hot Pot – by Pan Zhonghao
Chengdu, City of Purity – Light of Globe – by Zhang Xudong
An Ideal City of Ease – by Luo Ya
City of Pandas: A Future with Cate – by Yang Hui
III. Fine Arts
(Children Group) Works
in the Air in Chengdu after 100 Years – by Ji Shuyu
of Anshun Bridge after 100 Years – by He Jiheng
2119 Shuhan Road – by Xing Bojun
Healthcare, Health Chengdu – by Cai Yifei
after 100 Years – by Zhou Sichen
Dream of 100 Years ? Chengdu in My Heart – by Xiao Yaqi
Space Station – Zhan Bochao
with Air Rails Decorated with Hibiscus after 100 Years – by Li Zihan
City of Hibiscus in 100 Years – by Mou Boyasi
IV. Video Works
– by Li Yong
in Chengdu – by Zhang Zirui
Visual – by Luo Yingqi
of Everything – by Li Xiudan
and Mole 2119 – by Li Yi
– Wu Jiaxun
Green – by Tan Yu
Sichuan Opera, Cyberpunk – by Cao Qinyu
Bashu – by Quan Hui (South Korea)
I Meet You Here – by Kazuhiro
The original text does not include a First Prize for Video Works.]
The winners of the 25th annual Galaxy Awards were announced at a ceremony in Shanghai on September 20. Regina Kanyu Wang delivered the results to English-language readers as part of her coverage of the event for Amazing Stories. (The titles are her translations.)
BEST SHORT STORY
“Age of the Elderly” by Han Song
“Wake up at Dust” by Jiang Bo
“Reaping the Childhood” by A Que
BEST NOVELLA The Windy City by Zhang Ran
BEST NOVEL Escaping the Mother Universe by Wang Jinkang
BEST NEW WRITER:
BEST TRANSLATION: Wyrd Sister by Hu Shu
Liu Junwei/Shark Dan
Yang Feng, deputy editor-in-chief of Science Fiction World
MOST POPULAR FOREIGN WRITER
BEST ORIGINAL BOOK Escaping the Mother Universe, Sichuan Science and Technology Press & Science Fiction World
BEST TRANSLATED BOOK The Difference Engine, New Star Press
BEST RELATED BOOK Fly! The Great Qing Empire: Imagination and Science in Modern China, Beijing United Press & Motie Press
BEST GAME The Legend of Galaxy: Time Fleet
BEST SCREENPLAY Honey from the Star
BEST SCIENCE EDUCATION ORGANIZATION
Beijing Green & Shine Foundation
Fosun Charity Foundation
The Galaxy Award was established in 1986 and currently is hosted by China’s Science Fiction World magazine.