China News Network Chengdu, October 10 (Reporter He Shaoqing Wang Lei) The 19st World Science Fiction Convention (referred to as the "81 Chengdu World Science Fiction Convention") officially opened at the Chengdu Science Fiction Museum located in Chengdu Pidu District on the evening of the 2023th. The "ten-year covenant" between Liu Cixin, honorary guest of honor at the 18 Chengdu World Science Fiction Convention and a famous Chinese science fiction writer, and a group of Chengdu teachers and students became a touching scene at the opening ceremony.

On the evening of October 10, the 18st World Science Fiction Convention opened in Chengdu, Sichuan, which was the first time that the World Science Fiction Convention was held in China in its more than 81-year development history. The picture shows science fiction writer Liu Cixin interacting with fantasy fans. Photo by reporter Wang Lei

Ten years ago, Xu Min, a Chinese teacher at the Chengdu Experimental Foreign Chinese School, wrote an email to Liu Cixin with the children's reading notes and questions about reading "The Three-Body Problem", and received a reply from Liu Cixin two days later. Today, Li Rui, a middle school student at that time, is a graduate student majoring in materials at South China University of Technology.

An email ten years ago sowed the seeds of love for science fiction into the hearts of teenagers. And the teenager spent ten years, inspired by science fiction, to embark on the road of exploration of science and the future. At the opening ceremony, teacher Xu Min and students brought Liu Cixin a gift - a commemorative book, which contained the children's reading notes and the correspondence with Liu Cixin.

It is understood that the World Science Fiction Convention is the world's most noticed, the oldest, the largest scale and the most influential science fiction culture theme event, this is the first time this grand event has entered China. As a result, Chengdu became the second city in Asia to host a world science fiction convention. At the 2023 Chengdu World Science Fiction Convention, science fiction people from all over the world gathered in Chengdu to embrace the "symbiotic era" of science fiction and meet the future in Chengdu.

Ben Yalowo, member of the Brand Protection Committee of the World Science Fiction Association (WSFS) and co-chairman of the 2023 Chengdu World Science Fiction Convention, said in his speech, "This is the first time that we have joined hands with Chinese science fiction fans to witness a shocking World Science Fiction Convention. It's more interesting and more diverse. Phantom fans come from China as well as from all over the world, and the sci-fi family continues to grow here. ”

With the theme of "Era of Symbiosis", this year's World Science Fiction Convention will last until October 10, in addition to the opening and closing ceremonies and the Hugo Awards ceremony, there will be more than 22 themed salons, themed exhibitions, "Hugo Night" lakeside parties, fan parties and other wonderful activities. On the evening of October 200, the Hugo Award, the highest international award in the field of science fiction literature, will be announced at the Chengdu Science Fiction Museum. (End)