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Tracing the Sci-Fi DNA in Chengdu to the Mysterious Ancient Shu Civilization
发布时间:2023-07-31 16:01来源:科幻协会

The show on CCTV-9 masterfully displayed a picture puzzle composed of a Sanxingdui bronze mask and the museum's star nebula-shaped architecture, embodying the unique design concept of the Chengdu Science Fiction Museum.


Symmetrically arranged are the Eye of Ancient Shu, representing the enigmatic ancient Shu civilization, and the Eye of Science Fiction, representing Chengdu's modern sci-fi culture. The seamless connection between the bronze mask design and the museum exterior narrates the fascinating dialogue between 3000-year-old Shu artifacts and modern architecture, casting wings of imagination onto the historic city of Chengdu.


The museum's design fuses elements of Sanxingdui gold foil masks, the Eye of Ancient Shu, and modern sci-fi culture, creating a nebula shape. A captivating floating roof made of metal dubbed the Eye of Science Fiction, spans 1,382 square meters, symbolizing the universe's age of 13.82 billion years.

What compelling stories emerge at the convergence of forward-thinking sci-fi and the enigmatic ancient Shu civilization? Today, we will delve into the profound bond linking Chengdu and science fiction.


Fantasy is an integral element in sci-fi creation. As a city with a 4,500-year history of civilization and 2,300 years of urban history, Chengdu carries the sci-fi gene - a strain imbued with fantastical hues from the ancient Shu civilization - across millennia.

As one of the most mysterious stars in the theory sky of Chinese civilization origins, the Sanxingdui site unearthed a 2.62-meter-tall bronze figure and mysterious artifacts like the bronze mask with pointed ears, a high nose, flat mouth, and eyeballs protruding more than 10 cm from their sockets, and jade artifacts engraved with heaven, earth, humans, mountains, water, and the four corners of the world. 

Their discovery reveals to us the bizarre, strange, and imaginative power of the ancient Shu people and their strong perception of cosmic space.

In addition to the unearthed artifacts, Chengdu has also been home to many mysterious ancient Shu myths. These include tales of the world's creation by our ancestors, water management in the region, Li Bing's efforts to control water and combat river demons in Dujiangyan, and other legends representing the Tianfu agricultural civilization.

The genesis of myths stems from ancient civilizations' curiosity and imagination toward the unknown. Similarly, the heart of sci-fi creation uses imagination to weave narratives and satiate human curiosity about distant space and the future world. In this regard, myths can be seen as the original form of sci-fi, with sci-fi being the myths of the future.

The mysterious and awe-inspiring ancient Shu civilization provides a wealth of cultural resources for Chengdu's sci-fi creation. This is the fantasy gene deeply ingrained in Chengdu's history, forming the bedrock for the development of the city's science fiction culture.


Located in southwestern China and naturally secluded in a basin by towering mountains, Chengdu has become China's Science Fiction Capital due to its inclusive, innovative cultural atmosphere and long, mysterious history. 

As the winner of the inaugural China Science Fiction Galaxy Award, Wu Xiankui, aptly put it: Sichuan may be a basin in China, but it is a highland for Chinese science fiction.

Chinese science fiction has taken root and flourished in Chengdu, yielding fruitful results, and steering Chinese science fiction from a niche genre to the mainstream and from a national to a global audience.

The popularization of science fiction literature has spurred the growth of Chengdu's science fiction industry. Science fiction literature, films, games, and animations have become fashionable interests deeply cherished by the younger generation. 

The Wandering Earth, a film adapted from Liu Cixin's science fiction novel of the same name, amassed a box office of 4.7 billion yuan. MORE VFX's Chengdu branch, located in Chengdu's High-tech Zone, produced more than 800 special effects shots for The Wandering Earth. Nezha: Birth of the Demon Child, which raked in 4.972 billion yuan at the box office and became a social media sensation, had its entire creative team rooted in Chengdu's science fiction culture.

The booming science fiction industry in Chengdu exemplifies the city's remarkable achievements across all segments of the science fiction industry chain, including film production and special effects.


Grand narratives and soaring imaginations cannot be detached from the innovative and cultural bedrock of a city. What kind of astounding creativity and imagination does Chengdu harbor? What inspiring stories can science fiction practitioners share? Let's hear what one of the city's science fiction publishers have to say.

From the sci-fi genes deeply embedded in the ancient Shu civilization to the evolution of a multifaceted science fiction industry, this imaginative City of Chinese Science Fiction has allowed the world to bear witness to the compelling power of science fiction in Chengdu. 

Now, the Eye of Science Fiction has opened at the heart of the museum, casting its gaze upon the starlit sky and the city's relentless march forward beneath it.


The Nebula descends upon Chengdu, and October welcomes the Hugo Awards. In October 2023, the Science Fiction Museum will serve as the primary venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 81st World Science Fiction Convention and the award ceremony of the Hugo Awards, the highest accolade in the realm of global science fiction literature, welcoming science fiction authors and enthusiasts from all corners of the globe.

Then, modern science fiction will collide with the enigmatic ancient Shu civilization in this land of abundance, igniting the most radiant sparks and shining brightly on the international stage!