Speculative Hong Kong: Silky potentials of a living science fiction

Euan Douglas AULD, Casper Bruun JENSEN

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Hong Kong is ripe with speculative potentials but is depicted mainly as cyberpunk. To think beyond this dystopian imagination moves laterally between the city conceived as a living science fiction and virtual worlds containing potential ingredients for alternative Hong Kong cofutures. Speculative Hong Kong emerges from the cross-pollinations of those worlds. In this chapter, Euan Auld and Casper Bruun Jensen activate Ken Liu’s silkpunk to characterize Hong Kong activism as ephemeral tactics oriented to keeping cofutures open. They deploy Kim Stanley Robinson’s alternative history as an experimental tool with which to invent speculative propositions and cosmopolitical pathways for a Hong Kong that does not yet exist. Copyright © 2024 selection and editorial matter, Taryne Jade Taylor, Isiah Lavender III, Grace L. Dillon and Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay; individual chapters, the contributors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge handbook of CoFuturisms
EditorsTaryne Jade TAYLOR, Isiah LAVENDER III, Grace L. DILLON, Bodhisattva CHATTOPADHYAY
Place of PublicationNew York
ISBN (Electronic)9780429317828
ISBN (Print)9780367330613, 9781032557649
Publication statusPublished - 2024


Auld, E., & Jensen, C. B. (2024). Speculative Hong Kong: Silky potentials of a living science fiction. In T. J. Taylor, I. Lavender III, G. L. Dillon, & B. Chattopadhyay (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of CoFuturisms (pp. 469-484). Routledge.


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