Chen Qiufan

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Chen Qiufan
Born (1981-11-30) November 30, 1981 (age 42)
Other namesStanley Chan
Occupation(s)Science fiction writer, scriptwriter
Notable workThe Waste Tide

Chen Qiufan (Chinese: 陈楸帆; born 1981), also known as Stanley Chan, is a Chinese science fiction writer, columnist, and scriptwriter.[1][2][3] His first novel was The Waste Tide (2013), which "combines realism with allegory to present the hybridity of humans and machines".[4] Chen Qiufan's short fiction works have won three Galaxy Awards for Chinese Science Fiction and twelve Nebula Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy in Chinese. "The Fish of Lijiang" received the Best Short Form Award for the 2012 Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Awards. His stories have been published in Fantasy & Science Fiction, MIT Technology Review, Clarkesworld Magazine, Year's Best SF, Interzone, and Lightspeed, as well as influential Chinese science fiction magazine Science Fiction World. His works have been translated into German, French, Finnish, Korean, Czech, Italian, Japanese and Polish and other languages.

Early life[edit]

Chen was born in Shantou, Guangdong, China in 1981.[1][2]

He graduated from Peking University in 2004[5] with dual bachelor's degrees in literature and fine arts, and pursued graduate studies in the Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program of Hong Kong University and Tsinghua University. He later worked for Baidu and Google China.[6] In 2017, Chen quit his job to write full-time.[5]

Writing style[edit]

Chen's fiction, described as "science fiction realism", focuses on the internal struggles of individuals during times of accelerated change.[5]

Chen has become known for his use of AI-generated content in his stories. His story, "State of Trance," which appeared in Book of Shanghai, a 2020 short story collection, used automatically generated paragraphs based on his own writing. That story won him a literary prize in a contest moderated by an AI judge, over Nobel laureate Mo Yan.[5] He is currently working on a six-story collection about the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence.[7] Chen's collaboration with Kai-Fu Lee, AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future, was published in September, 2021.[8]

Selected works[edit]


  • The Waste Tide (荒潮, 2013 in Chinese, translated by Ken Liu and published in English by Tor & Head of Zeus in 2019, Turkish edition was published in 2021. German, Spanish, Japanese, Russian editions are forthcoming)
  • AI 2041: Ten visions for our future《AI 2041:預見10個未來新世界》 (2021, with Kai-Fu Lee) Ten short stories by Chen Qiufan and commentary by Kai-Fu Lee, about the impact that artificial intelligence technologies will have on our society in the next twenty years.

Short stories

  • "The Tomb", 坟 (2004)
  • "The Fish of Lijiang", 丽江的鱼儿们 (2006)
  • "The Year of the Rat", 鼠年 (2009)
  • "The Smog Society", 霾 (2010)
  • "The Endless Farewell", 无尽的告别 (2011)
  • "The Mao Ghost", 猫的灵魂 (2012)
  • "The Flower of Shazui", 沙嘴之花 (2012)
  • "The Animal Watcher" 动物观察者 (2012)
  • " A History of Future Illnesses", 未来病史 (2012)
  • "Oil Of Angel", 天使之油 (2013)
  • "Balin", 巴鳞 (2015)
  • "Coming of the light", 开光 (2015, offline 2012)


  1. ^ a b Liu, Ken (2016). Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation. Tom Doherty Associates. pp. 19–20. ISBN 978-0-7653-8418-8.
  2. ^ a b Feng, Emily (2018-04-19). "Chinese cult writer Chen Qiufan on pushing the boundaries of sci-fi". Financial Times. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  3. ^ Li, Shiyu (2018-04-16). "Author Chen Qiufan on cyberpunk, realism and Chinese sci-fi". China Radio International. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  4. ^ Rojas, Carlos; Bachner, Andrea (2016). The Oxford Handbook of Modern Chinese Literatures. Oxford University Press. p. 559. ISBN 978-0-19-938332-0.
  5. ^ a b c d Liu, Yi-Ling. "Sci-Fi Writer or Prophet? The Hyperreal Life of Chen Qiufan". Wired. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  6. ^ Xu, Xiao (2018-10-28). "陈楸帆:科幻不只是小说". China Writers' Association. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  7. ^ Grogan, Bryan (April 28, 2020). "Sci-fi Writer Stanley Chen Qiufan on AI Collaborations and Idol Wars". RADII | Stories from the center of China’s youth culture. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  8. ^ The New Statesman, 15–21 October 2021, Reviewed in short, Will Dunn, p. 41.

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