Sci-fi can help defeat the PAP?

In Political governance on 25/07/2019 at 11:37 am

But first did a cybernut write this?

“The Passengers and the Creator”, plays out on a Boeing passenger jet. For its occupants, the aeroplane constitutes the entire universe. A closed economy of human flesh and sex-slavery sustains a surreal hierarchy based on seat numbers; eventually the hero finds a way to guide the plane out of the band of night in which it has been perpetually flying, down to Earth and into the light.

Some readers have detected an allegory for the … state—a people imprisoned by their mindset, cocooned in a bubble that must eventually be pierced.

An allegory for a PAP-ruled S’pore?

“Where a people imprisoned by their mindset, cocooned in a bubble that must eventually be pierced,” sounds like shumething a cybernut like TRE’s Oz-based Oxygen, or Bapak could concoct while masturbating that after the next GE, Mad Dog could could form a coalition of the Spastics to defeat the PAP.

Well the writer is Han Song, a Chinese sci-fi writer compared to  Philip K. Dick, an American dystopian who is a favourite of mine. The missing word is “Chinese”.

Well this S’porean (Quiet activist looking at his bank statement and smiling) is helping the cause of a more open society by publishing novels by S’poreans (including people working in the constructive, nation-building SPH group (SPH journalists so free meh?), many of which have sci-fi themes:

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Interesting the difference between Western sci-fi and Chinese sci-fi

While Western sci-fi is often alarming, the truth is usually worth discovering. Even in the grimmest Western fables, such as the film “Soylent Green” (1973)—which ends with the revelation that the titular foodstuff is made of people—audiences at least have the comfort that drawing back the curtain might lead to positive change. Mr Song suggests that, by contrast, Chinese sci-fi makes a dystopia out of the act of discovery itself, often presenting the truth as not worth knowing, or not worth the risk. Parallels with the highly controlled flow of information in today’s China, and the danger associated with even trying to circumvent it, are hard to ignore.


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