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China Mountain Zhang is the title of a 1992 novel by science fiction author Maureen F. McHugh. The novel is made up of several stories loosely intertwined. The main story involves a homosexual man's maturation in a future dominated by China. A side story concerns a self-reliant Martian farmer who ends up with an unexpected family. There are also stories involving an unattractive woman who pays a terrible price on becoming beautiful and a man of short height who engages in a kind of human kite flying. These stories never fully interconnect in the normal manner of a novel, nor does it seem necessary for them to so given that the book seems rather to be a snapshot of life in a strange future than a conventional SF novel. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Maureen F. McHugh (born 1959) is a science fiction writer whose first published story appeared in Isaac Asimovs Science Fiction Magazine in 1989. ...
The backdrop takes place in the 22nd century where the Chinese Communist regime rather inexplicably dominates the world. The novel is slightly unusual for science fiction in that it would seem none of the characters cause any significant change in the world around them. The New York Times said of the book when it first appeared: "A first novel this good gives every reader a chance to share in the pleasure of discovery; to my mind, Ms. McHugh's achievement recalls the best work of Samuel R. Delany and Kim Stanley Robinson without being in the least derivative." Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Samuel Ray Chip Delany, Jr. ... Kim Stanley Robinson at the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow, August 2005 Kim Stanley Robinson (born March 23, 1952) is an American science fiction writer, probably best known for his award-winning Mars trilogy. ...
The novel was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel while also winning the Lambda Literary Award, the Locus Award for best first novel. Hugo is a masculine name. ... The Triangulum Emission Nebula NGC 604 lies in a spiral arm of Galaxy M33, 2. ... The Lambda Literary Foundation seeks to support the creation and dissemination of writings by, for and about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community. ... The Locus Awards are presented to winners of Locus Magazines annual readers poll, which was established in the early 70s specifically to provide recommendations and suggestions to Hugo Awards voters. ...
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ChinaMountainZhang (New York: Tor, 1992; ISBN 0-812-50892-0) Depending upon my mood and how recently I've read it, this novel is usually either my favorite or second-favorite novel of all time.
But ChinaMountainZhang is excellent at evoking the future it portrays, and the characters in it, and their lives.
It's not nearly so involved with China, though, which was unfortunately a drawback for me. Of course it's not fair for me to expect her to come up with the same thing again, but that expectation is hard to defeat.
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