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Imagining Environmental Futures: Science Fiction as Practice
Chen Qiufan (陈楸帆, aka. Stanley Chan) is an acclaimed Chinese science fiction writer. His first novel The Waste Tide depicts a near-future version of China that invites a reexamination of how we understand humanity itself against the massive tidal wave of environmental damage. Describing himself as “an anthropologist conducting fieldwork,” Chen calls his work “science fiction realism.” His most recent work AI 2041:Ten Visions for Our Future (with Kai-fu Lee) explores the possible futures of human-AI co-evolution. Chen’s stories have been widely published and translated, and have garnered numerous Galaxy and Nebula Awards for Science Fiction.

Hosted by the Department of East Asian Studies and the Department of Anthropology at UC Irvine

Co-Sponsored by the Humanities Center, Center for Asian Studies, and Illuminations

May 10, 2022 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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