Hong Kong’s first sci-fi conference is ready for lift-off

China is undergoing a science fiction boom – and Melon Hong Kong is a topical two-day event that offers fans the chance to meet authors and publishers

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 April, 2017, 4:56pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 April, 2017, 4:58pm

Melon Hong Kong, the first science fiction conference in Hong Kong as well as the first corporate one in Asia, opens at Eaton House in Central tomorrow. The event brings together producers, publishers and writers from both China and the West.

Speakers at the conference include Hugo-Award winning author Hao Jingfang, author of Folding Beijing, Andrew Bannister, author of Creation Machine, and Jo Lusby, managing director of North Asia for Penguin Random House.

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The first day of the conference, mainly for industry professionals and creative talents, consists of panel discussions and Q&As on the topic of digital disruption, and the challenges and opportunities it brings. The second day of the event will take place at the University of Hong Kong and is free of charge, and offers students and the public a chance to speak with their favourite writers.

“There is a resurgence of creativity within the Chinese science fiction community. We thought this seems to be the perfect time to highlight Chinese talents,” says Fritz Demopoulos, the founder of Melon HK, adding that Western writers can also take the opportunity to build their fanbase in China.

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Demopoulos, a venture capitalist and entrepreneur who was previously based in Beijing, has founded several successful ventures such as Qunar.com, one of the largest travel sites in China. In his late forties, Demopoulos is part of the Star Wars generation and a self-confessed science fiction fan. He hopes the event can contribute to the cultural vitality of the city.

April 19, Melon HK, Eaton House, 5/F, Champion Tower, 3 Garden Road, Central, 8am to 7pm, HK$880. April 20, University of Hong Kong, noon to 3pm, free. For more information, visit Melon Hong Kong.