Dependent Origination

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Posted on: November 3, 2009

下午终于看完了,工作都没有做。书是一个同事借给我看的。开始拿到手粗粗翻了一下,觉得情节太简单,人物太脸谱化,很没意思。和自己记忆中的中国科幻差得太远了。我小的时候很喜欢看科幻。曾经有一整本中国的科幻短篇/中篇小说选,看了好几遍。里面都是星际旅行,半人马座的天狼星上的美丽的姑娘,死亡之光,云云。但是时隔二十几年,我隐隐还记得情节,心里仍然觉得很温暖。可见当年印象之深刻。

这篇,号称中国新科幻,翻翻实在没有给我留下什么太正面的印象。在豆瓣上面查了查,发现评价非常高。决定应该仔细把lecture的部分看完。看完果然观感有所改变。作者花了很多时间精力去构筑他自己的世界,并且秉承工程师们的传统,务必要自圆其说。这个方面的努力是不能抹杀的。也许这就是新科幻的定义?

我自己的科幻,好像不是这样定义的。说到底,科幻仍然是讲故事的一个形式。不能因为有本事讲科学,就在别的故事的要素上面降低标准。不管是lord of rings, 还是harry potter, 想象力和excellent story telling, 两个方面哪个也不能缺。而且at the end of the day, they are still stories of human beings. So I still miss the science fictions from my childhood readings.

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