3000 Years of Chengdu Science Fiction

(A painting of 9th century poet Xue Tao, photographed at Wangjiang Pavilion Park in Chengdu, Sichuan) There is much to love in Memories of Chengdu (成都往事) -- a time traveling romance story spanning 3000 years of Chinese history -- but one moment made me laugh out loud. Deep into the 21st century, the protagonist is explaining the decision to test out, for the first time, a time travel device by journeying forty years back into the past, to the International Science Fiction Conference held in Chengdu in 2017.

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