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Chinese sci-fi | Cyclone Idai

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Thursday, 21 March 2019


Editor's note

China’s space industry made great strides recently, landing a lunar probe on the dark side of the moon in January. To match the scope of that ambition comes a new science-fiction blockbuster that has taken more than US$700m at the box office in just over a month. The Wandering Earth tells the story of a Chinese plan to save humanity from the threat of a dying sun by propelling Earth to a safer solar system. Hiu Man Chan traces the history of Chinese sci-fi and says the film is a confident vision of a new China-led world order.

The storms off Africa’s east coast are weaker than their northern hemisphere counterparts. Nevertheless they are becoming more intense and more frequent. Jennifer Fitchett explains why it’s difficult to manage the impact of storms that rage across political borders, and why countries in sub Saharan Africa must start putting strategies in place to manage an increasing and more vicious cycle of cyclones.

Jonathan Este

Associate Editor, Arts + Culture Editor

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Wandering Earth poster. IMDB

The Wandering Earth: why you need to see China’s latest sci-fi blockbuster

Hiu Man Chan, Cardiff University

A Chinese sci-fi epic is breaking box office records and exporting a vision of a new world order as it does so.

People leaving their homes in the flooded section of Praia Nova, Beira, Mozambique in the wake of tropical cyclone Idai. Denis Onyodi/ IFRC handout

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Jennifer Fitchett, University of the Witwatersrand

The recent storms provide a grim reminder of the prospect of future tropical cyclones in a region under continued threat from climate change.

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