Science fiction enjoying a comeback in repressive China
“In his novel “2066: Red Star Over America,” Han [Song], China’s premier
science-fiction writer, depicts a disturbing future. It is the year
2066. China rules the world while the U.S. festers in financial decline
and civil war. A team has been sent to America to disseminate
civilization through the traditional Chinese board game Go. But during
the critical Go match held at the World Trade Center, terrorists strike.
The seas around New York rise, the Twin Towers crumble and the U.S. is
plunged into pandemonium.
“Red Star Over America” may seem
morbid, but the novel was published a year before Sept. 11. (A revised
edition was published this January). Like much of China’s most daring
political science fiction, it deals with a hot topic: the unstoppable
rise of China and the end of the American empire…”