Wang Weilian (王威廉)
Born in 1982, Wang Weilian graduated from Sun Yat-sen University with a PhD in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature, and is now an associate professor at the university. One of the representative figures of the “post-80s” generation of writers, Wang is known for his imaginative plots and sharp language, often creating a sense of mystery as well as philosophical implications in his works. He has published a number of anthologies, from The Sound of Salt Forming (《听盐生长的声音》) to Inner Face (《内脸》). Some of his awards include the Huacheng Literature Prize in 2017, and Mao Dun New Writers Prize in 2019. This story is from his latest sci-fi anthology The Wild Future (《野未来》) , shortlisted in this year’s Blancpain-Imaginist Literary Prize. His works have appeared in translation in English, Korean, Italian, and more.
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