China Diary

Day 185: Cyberpunk

Damn that Chinese white wine…

I woke up feeling like someone had pissed in my mouth. I crawled my way to the toilet and stared at my aging face on the mirror. I felt like there was a metal band wrapped around my brains, being squeezed tighter slowly. Sleeping was out of the question – I had, in the end, had a full 7 hours of rest, although I didn’t feel like it. So, most of the morning went by as tossed and turned around in the hotel bed, had a bit of breakfast and then came and continued. Finally – it was close to noon – when I managed to get up, I felt like ready to face the day.

Cyberpunk 2020

First things first, checkout and then an interview with the Future Affairs Administration, a Beijing-based science fiction magazine. We discussed widely everything ranging from Finland’s science fiction and mythological history to J.R.R. Tolkien’s world, Star Trek and beyond. It’s great to see science fiction fandom activating slowly in China, too, since the country has a vast history in scifi and fantasy, but rarely is it recognized as such. The interviewer asked me if I think China could be thought as a country where science fiction is written, too; I told her to walk into the center of Beijing and take a look around: you guys *live* in a science fiction world. A Cyberpunk / Blade Runner world is your everyday existence, all you have to do is write about it.


Since the next days I would be working doing the post production for Iron Sky: The Ark, I changed the hotel back to New Otani Chang Fu Gong, which is close to Jiabo production company office. By now, having spent three two months of my life in the recent 12 months in this hotel, it was like coming back home: same staff greeting me once again, the room is the one I know oh-so-well.

Blade Runner

The meeting today was about music. I played our sketches composed by Tuomas to Max and the production team. The feedback was positive, although the music is still in early stages. Like I said, I want to create electronic overall feel, but of course, we need good melodies and themes that carry through the film. The minimalistic but vast score does a great job in painting a huge universe around the film. The biggest challenge is to nail down a certain piece of music which repeats through the film, an ancient lullaby of sorts. This we had a lengthy discussion about, and although I think there’s a lot of good in what we have already there, still a lot of work remains to be done.

We talked a bit more with Max exchanging ideas on future schedules, and then I called it a day and went back to the hotel. It was merely 6pm, but I crashed on the bed and was fast asleep quickly. Waking up just past midnight, I did have my 6 hours of beauty sleep, and now I’m in my bed working. From 00:30 to 4:30 I have managed to answer loads of emails, had a Skype call to USA and whatnot. Night is a great time of productivity, since there’s really nowhere you can go.


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