|Title||:||Uncanny Magazine Issue 2|
|Number of Pages||:||40 pages|
Uncanny Magazine Issue 2 Reviews
4.5 stars for this gem of a SF novelette, and a 2016 Hugo nominee winner It s free online at here at Uncanny Magazine My final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature Lao Dao, a humble man who works in a waste processing plant in Third Space Beijing, sorting recyclable trash, finds a bottle with a message offering what for Lao Dao is a fortune, to take a message from a man in Second Space to a woman he loves who lives in First Space Travel between the three areas is dangerous and illegal 4.5 [...]
Read as part of Invisible Planets Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation.The title says it all, as the city of Beijing is actually folding think Inception or Doctor Strange There are three spaces inhabited by three social classes that get to take turns to be above ground Needless to say, First Space gets to enjoy the fresh air the most, as they are the privileged class Second Space consists of white collars, while Third Space literally takes care of the trash.The main charac Read as [...]
Visually, the shifting skyscrapers of Folding Beijing brought to mind the film Dark City, but the mechanics of this scenario are all too human, and underlaid with a cynical observation that they would do this if they could Europe has taken one approach to the problem of automation advances making menial jobs practically obsolescent Here, Hao Jingfang theorizes what China might do This future city, a technological marvel, has a strict caste system, which the reader sees through the eye Visually, [...]
interesting ideas, lifeless and dull execution.
So the one good thing about being an economist and a reader is that you can usually tell when a story is being written by another economist The story grappled with some very interesting notions of class, the issues of overpopulation, and perhaps even gender The premise is fascinating, the execution interesting Perhaps the conclusion falters a bit in its tameness, as all the built up tension merely dissipates anti climatically But overall, the story is good enough to be the best novelette ent So [...]
.A city built to house a population stratified by economic success I ended up quite liking Folding Beijing It is a story that grows on you as it progresses, and one that addresses a social and economic problem that needs to be dealt with sooner rather than later, and is certainly not confined to China Definitely a story worth reading.Full Random Comments review
Read in the original, titled .Seems to me to be a didactic story of social inequality and lack of mobility, though some of the metaphors and images were cleverly presented I didn t even realize until later that First Space could be taken as a metaphor for The First World , and the use of unclear economic terminology to justify inequality and the tacit acceptance of it by elites and the middle class.