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Anyone else play 4X games like Stellaris?

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Posted more for the writing lesson than the review...

"One thing that’s great about the original Alien is that the audience doesn’t really need an explanation about why or how these creatures exist. Sometimes you can enjoy Darth Vader without knowing what he was like before as a child or teenager in the Star Wars prequels. Sometimes the ideas and personal explanations the audience is able to interpret in their own imaginations are far better than the reality concocted by a room of hack screenwriters and studio executives. Mileage on Alien: Covenant may vary, but after learning the truth of the Xenomorph species, there’s a desire to wish that the truth was never revealed at all."

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But... I have reviews I need to write... ^^;;;

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"What has been happening, lately, with my writing is I keep cutting stuff out. I probably have more ‘cut’ from my various works in progress than I have stuff I’m sure I’m going to keep."

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While I'm actually fond of CCS, even I have to admit that CLAMP and CCS have had a negative effect on anime. But I also found it interesting to find a commentary on SF in the middle of the diatribe.

"One of the reasons I have gravitated toward Japanese pop culture and away from the English-language science fiction I used to read is that much of science fiction has been taken over by people who are less interested in storytelling than in soap-boxing, usually soap-boxing about identity politics or sexual habits. Although anime and manga are famous (or infamous) for showcasing sexual deviancy, they at least for the most part do it in a way that makes no particular demand on the audience."

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"Space opera is about Opera: enormous stakes, huge conflicts, sweeping scope, massive drama, larger-than-life characters. Readers do not want to read page after page of mind-numbing tedium; they already live that in everyday life. They read fiction, especially science fiction, to escape reality, not to delve deeper into it."

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Hmmm.... sounds familiar. And it's good to see science fiction in the house of literary ill-repute...

In China, all these web novels been considered as one big type, YY novel.

So what is YY novel? YY sands for 意淫, which's phonetic transcription is Yi Yin. So what does 意淫 means? Well a similar words is 手淫(masturbate), 手 in Chinese means hand, and the first character in the 意淫 is 意, which means mind. No go figure what's 意淫(YY) means.

The usage is just for joke at first, but soon it gets so popular that people simple couldn't find a better words to describe such kind of novels. In the most general way to speak, reading these kind of novel gives you a extraordinary pleasure that similar to image you have sex with [insert any actress that you are dreaming for here].

This name also implies that such kind of novel is not at the same serious level to those classic novels. It usually don't have a very rigorous background setting(LOR), the author usually can't make more than 10 characters feels like a real person in the same time (A Song of Ice and Fire), but in my opinion it just set the author's imagination free, and allow them to tell so many good story.
So we have the name "YY novel" to describe this kind of novel in a general way, what's the more detailed classification for us heavy reader? Here's the well recognized way of web novels classification used by qidian.com (the most successful and influential web novels site) and other Chinese sites.

科幻: Kehuan, 科(science) 幻 (fiction). I don't need to explain it right?

奇幻: Qihuan, 奇(intriguing, magical) 幻 (fiction), usually refer to novels that set in a western culture background. It usually have kings, noble, knight, magic, elf, dragons, and sometimes heaven, hell, angel, Demons and Gods. This type should be the most familiar type for westerns. There are some very good Chinese YY novel in this sector, and I think translate them are a good ideal, like CD, names in this type of book are western, your MC's name wouldn't be Xiao Yan, Yang Kang but Rodriguez, Lancelot. For translators I recommend a book named 亵渎 (literally means blaspheme). Don't know if anyone had translated it but I can assure you this is a really good book. Oh and 魔法学徒(mage apprentice), the earliest Qihuan novel of Chinese web novel, a really good one.

玄幻: Xuanhuan, 玄(abstruse, unreal) 幻 (fiction). This term is use for those fiction set in a eastern culture background(in contrast to 奇幻Qihuan). In Xuanhuan you get five basic element (metal, wood, water, fire and earth), Chinese style gods, powerful animal monster like fox and tiger who can transform to human look, Taoist practice that allow human to become immortal, etc. It's a really general type, and Xianxia is just a subclass of this type. You guys already read a lot of Xuanhuan novels here!

Wuxia: I think most of you are already familiar with this type.

Xianxia: Another term you guys are familiar with, but I think most of you already found taht the definition some translators here give before are not that accurate, it's because they some how mistake Xianxia and Xuanhuan, which is understandable. Xianxia is a subclass of Qihuan, it's more focus on a key background setting that human can become immortal(仙xian) through Taoist (in most case) ways. There is another term almost equals to Xianxia called 修真, 修(practice) (to become) 真(true, immortal).

Alright, does this make sense to anyone? If not, what needs to be explained further?

Chinese movies such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero have introduced the warrior world of wuxia (literally "martial heroes) to Western audiences, where chivalrous heroes live as noblebright outlaws, fighting against evil and corruption with almost supernatural fighting ability honed through years of practice, discipline, and cultivating one's internal qi energy. In recent years, Chinese writers have added Taoist alchemical magic to the wuxia martial artist's skills, creating a high fantasy genre known as xianxia (literally "immortal heroes"), where demihumans battle ghosts and mythical monsters in the search for immortality. If the Taoist elements are removed and other mythological and even foreign influences are cultivated, the result is xuanhuan, or "mysterious fantasy." In all three, a hero moves from rank to rank as his skill, expertise, and energy levels are cultivated into more potent forms, similar to how an RPG character may level up. Superficially, this emphasis on strict levels can make a xianxia or xuanhuan novel resemble one from the litRPG genre. Another counterpart to xuanhuan fantasy can be found in Japanese seinen young adult fantasies such as The Familiar of Zero, Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero, and Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, although those tend to take their fantasy elements from Dungeons & Dragons and other Western sources instead of Chinese myths.

What would a CH Blog list of "you have to watch/read this" space opera look like?

Lensmen, Skylark, Family d'Alembert?

Macross, Gundam, Legend of the Galactic Heroes?

Valerian, Perry Rhodan?

Red Dwarf, Blake's 7, Warhammer 40k: The Horus Heresy?

Count to the Eschaton, Nethereal, The Lost Starship?
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