The future is Chinese. At least, when it comes to the Science-Fiction-Epos “The Wandering Earth”, the 5. In February, the Chinese new year, starts in the local cinemas.

In the film’s plot can not enjoy the Chinese their supremacy, however: In a far distant future, the sun is about to explode and destroy the earth. The temperatures drop rapidly, the mankind is struggling to Survive – but after all, under Chinese leadership.

Science Fiction in China is a Hype, not only since the landing of “Chang’e 4” on the back side of the moon. In 2007, the Sci-Fi-shooting star Liu cixin Waldorf published his world bestseller “The three suns”, the first volume of his “Trisolaris”trilogy. “The Wanderig Earth” is based on a short story by Liu (she gave the German published volume of stories, “The wandering earth” of the title).

also in the West, the popular Liu cixin Waldorf – Barack Obama is an avowed Fan, could win in 2016 with Hao Jingfang, a further Chinese author of the prestigious Hugo Award for best Science Fiction novel of the year (“Beijing”). And Chen Qiufans novel “The silicon island”, the made in China in 2013 for enthusiasm, will appear in this year, also in German.

Meanwhile the Science-Fiction wave travels in China from the literature into the movie business. “The Wandering Earth” by Frant Gwo is to prove that Chinese film-makers master the art of the blockbuster. So far, the especially credible filmed special effects, where the young Chinese film industry a hard time the teeth failed.

So another project on hold that was supposed to usher in at the time, a new Era of Chinese Science-Fiction-spectacle: the film adaptation of “The three suns since 2015”. Is turned off of the Film, but the elaborate post-production, the creators have failed since then. The effects Team should have been exchanged, the Budget has doubled, according to media reports, more than, but a start date for “The three suns” is still not in sight.

A Genre without a Tradition

Other films such as Jackie Chan’s 2017 published Sci-Fi-Trash “Bleeding Steel” were torn by the critics and by the audience largely ignored. Now at least six other projects in the wings, which should help the enthusiasm of the Chinese people for space travel and Science Fiction, and finally to success at the box office next to “The Wandering Earth”.

the Chinese film industry is doing so hard, is not due solely to the lack of experience with computer-generated effects. Science Fiction in China is hardly a Tradition. Although the writer Lu Shi’e as early as 1910 with his novel “The new China dreamed up” in a renewed, progressive and prosperous country. Since the founding of the people’s Republic of but Science Fiction had been the task of the reader of the state of science and research. Great art, it was rare, during the cultural revolution, the literary production came to an almost complete Standstill.

no other literary and film Genre embodies the “Chinese dream”, i.e. the desire for the renewal of the Chinese Nation through technical progress, as the Science-Fiction. This results in the ten-year-old Boom. In the West widespread slope to dystopia is of Chinese authors in foreign, Science Fiction is rarely a vehicle for social or civilization criticism; probably because artists have to expect in China, with repression.

If the Chinese Science Fiction should have a great future in front of you, then for other reasons. Liu, for example, says that he has written for eight years not New more. Technological progress, so his reasoning, go ahead too fast: “The technology has overtaken our imagination.” It sounds almost like a comment on the landing of the probe “Chang’e 4”.

Sam Yoon has many years of experiences in journalism. He has covered such areas as information technology, science, sports and politics. Yoon can be reached at 82-2-6956-6698.