'The folding city was divided into three spaces. One side of the earth was First Space, population five million. Their allotted time lasted from six o’clock in the morning to six o’clock the next morning. Then the space went to sleep, and the earth flipped.'
this is episode 1 of 7 in our Chinese Science Fiction Season
This is a Hugo Award-winning ‘novelette’ translated by Ken Liu that imagines a city that has ‘economised’ by splitting social classes more fundamentally than ever before. It was first published by Uncanny Magazine. Helping me out in this episode is the charming and insightful Lyu Guangzhao of the London Chinese Scifi Reading Group. He’s a legend.
// Discussed this Episode //
Hao Jingfang's essay - I Want to Write A History of Inequality
Linus 林路's Chinese SF cinema IG is @sinoscifi