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Things were getting busy on the major flight corridors between the Earth and Mars, or so the casual observer of socialist bloc science fiction from the 1950s might come to believe. While there are no reports of intergalactic traffic jams, Mars was becoming a destination of choice in science fiction from both sides of the Iron Curtain. In her fascinating article, Dafna Zur details the exploits of an international exploratory mission to the red planet, consisting of children from a dozen nations, including North Korea, China, and the Soviet Union. It remains unknown whether the explorers from Kim Tong Sŏp's serialized novel Youth Space Expedition Team met any other socialist space travelers on their way to Mars. But they could have very well run into spaceship #1, commanded by Zhenzhen, the protagonist of Zheng Wenguang's (1929–2003) “Cong diqiu dao huoxing” (From the Earth to Mars) (Zheng 1954a).

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Nathaniel Isaacson . 2013. “Science Fiction for the Nation: Tales of the Moon Colony and the Birth of Modern Chinese Fiction.” Science Fiction Studies 40(1):3354.

Jiang Qian . 2013. “Translation and the Development of Science Fiction in Twentieth-Century China.” Science Fiction Studies 40(1):116–32.

Sigrid Schmalzer . 2008. The People's Peking Man: Popular Science and Human Identity in Twentieth-Century China. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Wu Yan . 2013. “‘Great Wall Planet:’ Introducing Chinese Science Fiction.” Science Fiction Studies 40(1):114.

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The Journal of Asian Studies
  • ISSN: 0021-9118
  • EISSN: 1752-0401
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