When Fiction Becomes Fact: Sci-fi and the Fate of Humanity
DATE / TIME
5 Nov, Sun
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
VENUEThe Arts House, Chamber
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This session is in English
Space exploration, psychoactive drugs and the surveillance state – is science fiction becoming fact in front of our eyes? Ken Liu, one of the brightest stars in the genre, is lauded for his sensitive rendering of the human condition in the context of our rapidly changing world. In this lecture, he discusses how and why we read science fiction, and what it means to use such stories as a way to think about the state of humanity and its potential.
This session is made possible with the assistance of the U.S. Embassy Singapore and is part of the Speculative Fiction focus.
Ken Liu has won numerous awards for his fiction, including the Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, Ignotus (Spanish), Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire (French), Seiun (Japanese), and Galaxy (Chinese). His debut novel, The Grace of Kings (2015), won the Locus Best First Novel Award and was a Nebula finalist. His collection, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (2016) won the Locus Award for Best Collection. Ken is also a translator of numerous works from Chinese to English, including Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem (2015), the first translated work ever to win the Hugo Award for Best Novel.
Photo credit to Li YiboKen Liu is featured in the following SWF event(s):