There's a history of SF imagery in the Chinese space program, as Stefan Landsberger's dramatic recapturing of posters from the period proves. According to Lansberger, these kinds of posters were used to "capture the popular imagination."All the evidence suggests we need to put these pieces together. Are they The Pattern, or the Order, or do they perhaps point to a third sequel in the National Treasure franchise? If anything, it's probably the latter, as actual footage of underwater spacewalk trials is practically begging for Nicholas Cage's take-charge, can do attitude. The clues may well be hidden in the science fiction literature of the period. Translations of Jules Verne started the diffusion of Western science fiction into China. You can find versions of Joe Haldeman's Forever Peace and most major SF authors in Chinese bookstores now. As Mara Hvistendahl put it in Seed in 2006:
In the early 90s, China launched an ambitious scientific development program and seized sci-fi as a means of spurring enthusiasm for science. In 1995, State Science and Technology Commission Minister Song Jian proposed, in a widely circulated article, that science-themed literature would reflect well on the state of Chinese science.The above is from a simulation. Is this a Skrull invasion or the dividing of the launch booster? If you fear an impending space race with China, the counterpoint to our coming destruction may well be the growth of Chinese science fiction. We can hope this small step for China inspires the best the continent of Asia has to offer, such as the Taiwanese City Trilogy.
And if the impeccable plotting of Chang Hsi-Kuo doesn't do it for you, feel free to refer to this alternate history.
An Alternate History of Chinese Science Fiction [No Fear of the Future]
50 Science Fiction Books That Socialists Should Read [Fantastic Metropolis]