Stanley Chen Qiufan

Stanley Chen Qiufan

Chen Qiufan is an award-winning science fiction writer and acclaimed futurist. He is an advocate for sustainability and tech-for-good.

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Stanley Chen Qiufan's Biography

Chen Qiufan also known as Stanley Chan is an award-winning Chinese speculative fiction author. Born in Shantou, Guangdong, Chen was an innately curious boy who often turned to science for answers. It was when science couldn't explain everything, that he turned to science fiction. Now one of the leading science fiction writers in China, his work is often described as “science fiction realism.”

Chen is also a translator, curator, Berggruen Institute Fellow, Research Scholar for MacMillan Center of Yale University (2023-2024), Whitney Humanities Center Fellow (2023-2024), and Asia21 Next Generation Fellow (2023). He is the founder of Thema Mundi, a content development studio that explores cross-media speculative narratives and future-oriented education.

His work focuses on issues of climate change and the environment, artificial intelligence and cybernetic society. He often reflects on how to incorporate ancient Chinese philosophies into the narrative framework for constructing a future technological society. His debut novel "Waste Tide" (2019) was a thought-provoking vision of the future that explored the challenges and tragedies of globalisation.

In 2021, Chen Qiufan co-authored "AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future" (2021) with Dr Kai-Fu Lee. The book talks about the new abundance and potential harms of AI technologies and was named Best Book of the Year by The Wall Street Journal. Chen is a recipient of numerous literary awards, including Taiwan’s Dragon Fantasy Award and China’s Galaxy and Xingyun (Nebula) Awards. His short story "The State of Trance" (2020) included passages generated by AI and took home the first prize in a Shanghai literary competition moderated by an artificially intelligent judge. Chen's works have been translated into English for publications like Clarkesworld, Pathlight, Lightspeed, Interzone, and F&SF.

Chen Qiufan has been invited to speak at several prestige events such as COP28, Paris Peace Forum 2023, Frankfurt Bookfare, and Friends of Europe Summit.

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AI 2041

Ten Visions for Our Future

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