China's New Frontiers: From Science Fiction to Technological Innovations

Since Chinese author Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem won the 2015 Hugo Award, science fiction has turned mainstream in China and Chinese SF has burst onto the world stage. Science fiction is reshaping not only China’s literature landscape, but also its technological imagination and innovations. Now China is aiming to lead the world’s artificial intelligence industry by 2030. This panel features three experts in Chinese science fiction, world science fiction literature, and software engineering who will share their views about how China is becoming a science fiction powerhouse, how authors alarm the public of current social issues via science fictions, and how China is seeking and pushing technological innovations.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. 

Tentative Event Agenda

6:00-6:30pm: Registration & Reception

6:30-7:45pm: Panel Discussion

7:45-8:15pm: Q & A 



Stanley Chen(陈楸帆) (Chinese Science Fiction Author) 

Chen Qiufan (A.K.A. Stanley Chan) is a representative member of China’s new generation of speculative fiction authors. He is known for his stylistic combination of realism and New Wave, and has been called “China’s William Gibson”. His works have been translated into many languages and received multiple domestic and international awards including 9 Chinese Nebula Awards(China counterpart of Hugo Award), 3 Galaxy Awards and World F&SF Translation Award. His representative works include “The Waste Tide”(English Edition translated by Ken Liu, will be published by Tor, Head of Zeus, Penguin and Random House in US/UK/Germany/Spain in 2019), “Censored”, and “Future Disease”,“The Age of Posthuman”, “The Algorithm for Life”. 

He graduated from Peking Univ., was major on Chinese Literature and Film Art. He previously worked for Google, Baidu, and VR/Mocap leading Startup Noitom Technology for over ten years. He is also a member of WSFA(Science Fiction Writer Association) and the President of CSFA (Chinese Science Fiction Writer Association), and have a seat in Xprize Foundation SFAC (Science Fiction Advisory Council) as the only Chinese participant.

John Shanahan (Associate Professor of English, DePaul University)

John Shanahan is Associate Dean and Associate Professor of English at DePaul. His research interests include literature about science and technology, science fiction, and digital humanities. He teaches courses on science fiction, book history, and digital humanities. Recent publications include an article about David Mitchell’s quasi-SF novel _Cloud Atlas_, and his work on the "Reading Chicago Reading" project has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Xiaoping Jia (Professor of Computing, DePaul University)

Xiaoping Jia is a Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the School of Computing, College of CDM, DePaul University. His research interests including software development methods, software engineering for mobile devices, global collaborative software development, innovations on software, and history of computing. He and his colleague Ed Keenan led a DePaul Study Abroad Program on Global Software Engineering to Shanghai and Beijing in 2016. 

Moderator: Li Jin (Director, Chinese Studies Program)


Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Levan Center, 100
2322 N Kenmore Ave

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University-wide Events, Speaker/Presenters


College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences




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