A Chinese Perspective
A major science fiction novella by the master of British science fiction. First published almost a quarter of a century ago, it is republished here in its own right for the first time.
‘The best contemporary writer of science fiction.’ – The Guardian
‘The colossus of science fiction’ – New Yorker
On Earth, a spiritual and traditionalist China is the dominant global power but in Space, people live across a variety of artificial planetoids. Edward lives on one such planet as an inventor, building a device which gives predictions for the user’s life. It's rather like a horoscope but it’s science. Edward believes that everything in life can be predicted and accounted for if one could only access the correct data.
Outside of work, Edward's only joy comes from Zenith, the woman he loves – despite knowing nothing about her or even what she looks like. They have only ever spoken through technology, but when he is sent to sell his invention on Earth, Edward decides to invite his new love along. Despite a lifetime of believing in the power of data and creating a device to control the future, revelations on Earth will rock his worldview in ways he couldn't predict…
Set between outer space and an imagined, futuristic China, A Chinese Perspective is a classic, offering modern readers an insight into the balance between east and west as seen through golden age of science fiction.
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