China is evil according to some of the news reports in America. I’m skeptical since agendas abound.
What I do know is that I found another author to read and he is Chinese: Cixin Liu, the award-winning author of The Three Body Trilogy. I just finished the second of the series, “The Dark Forest” and look forward to the translation of the last book in his series next year.
A book on the philosophy of Confucius is the only other book I remember reading from China.
I may have missed the author’s intentions, but here is some stuff I found interesting in his books so far:
History and evolution of communist forces in China. I started reading up on some of the incidents he mentioned.
Technology holds a positive place in the future of mankind. A different spin on the debate between environmentalists and industry. When technology is held hostage by an alien force, the world may be doomed.
Spirituality has a place. Many of the characters in his books are atheists and they wish they had the ability to believe in something. A piece of the puzzle eludes them even if it is only a comforting piece.
Love lends a hand in solving problems for some of the lead characters.
The humanities, the arts clarify reality. They are a useful tool even in a high-tech world.
A frequent refrain in “The Dark Forest” is, “If I destroy you, what business is it of yours?” Despite the harshness, it is something to contemplate. Historical, societal, and personal concerns alter the meaning of this idea.
The firefly refrain: it is everywhere in the book and thought by different characters. I just love the symbolism.
A spaceship named Natural Selection. What a fun, not too subtle reference. All the names of the earth spaceships are interesting to note.
Cixin’s description of nanotechnology, space stairs, and the potential immensity of a photon brings me a bit closer to getting these scientific concepts into my unscientific mind.
I find it harder to separate fact from fiction in the real world. Statistics lie and so does the mutable Internet. I trust well-written, solidly researched books instead. If nothing else, good fiction and non-fiction books start a conversation in my head. Unravel with a book.