The story of children fighting the exclusion of minorities in a society where technology fails to be the answer
- Book Intro
(English) Schrödinger's Children
Winner of the inaugural Moon Yoon-sung SF Award Grand Prize out of 100 SF novels by unanimous vote. An author who has spent his entire life in a wheelchair due to a congenital condition. A novel written for those who exist but are deemed not to exist. "Why do we have to be ghosts?" Author Choi Eui-teck has attended school in a wheelchair since suffering from muscular atrophy but had to drop out of high school because of side-effects. Wondering what work he could do on his back, he decided to become a writer. Korean class was one of his least favorite subjects in school, but this being the only thing he could think of doing, he spent what little time he had during the day where he could move to write his first drawer novel over the course of a year. Ten years passed, as he continued to write, and while a fan of Stephen King and Jung Yujeong, he read Bora Chung for the first time in 2019 and started to write SF. This resulted in his winning the inaugural Moon Yoon-sung SF Award out of 100 entrants. SCHRÖDINGER'S CHILDREN is for all the marginalized who are treated like they exist but do not exist at the same time, a story of the "now, here, us" as they say in the story. The judges of the award SF writer Kim Choyeop, film director Min Gyudong, and journalist Lee Dahye proclaimed in their statement that "the work is extremely impressive in its diversity of characters and how they never succumb to stereotypes, and the problem of the technological divide between haves and have-nots are convincingly depicted." In the near future of 2050, Korea creates the Hakdang, the world's first truly immersive VR public school where children attend as avatars. But ghosts start appearing among the students, the identity of which are revealed on the second day of the Hakdang's opening, but this is only the beginning of what the author refers to as his "YA crime novel." Kim Choyeop, novelist: "SCHRÖDINGER'S CHILDREN makes us look at our realities right in the eye, a true masterpiece of SF." Min Gyudong, film director: "A detailed work of fiction, an awesomeness from a new world depicted through SF, everything is perfect." Lee Dahye, Cine 21 reporter: "The story of students fighting against the exclusion of minorities where technology has failed them."
- About the Author
(English) During his early childhood, Choi Uitaek mistakenly associated the unique sense of wonder from science fiction with fear. However, he later realized its true essence and has since been exploring the world of sci-fi with greater passion. Starting with contemporary science fiction in Korea and gradually expanding his horizons to include overseas and historical works, he has been slowly finding his own voice and style. However, due to his physical disabilities, his progress is slow and limited. Writing is the only thing he can do, but he fearlessly confronts the vulnerabilities inherent in human existence. He believes that science fiction is the perfect genre, as cruel as it may be, for addressing these weaknesses.
Influenced by renowned authors such as Stephen King and Jeong You-Jeong, Choi Uitaek honed his writing skills by delving into the thriller genre. After he read Jung Bora’s works in 2019, he started seriously writing sci-fi. By sharing his short stories in publications like Brit G and Mirror, he began to attract attention. Finally, in 2020, he made his debut as a novelist with a full-length work. His novel, Schrodinger’s Children, won the 1st Moon Yoon-sung Sci-Fi Literature Award. It received praise for its impressively well-rounded character development that encompassed diverse identities without reducing them to mere stereotypes. Additionally, it was also commended for its effective exploration of issues related to isolation and exclusion because of technology. In 2022, Choi Uitaek won the Grand Prize in the novel category at the Korea Sci-fi Awards.
Furthermore, he has contributed as a co-author to the anthology To Where Our Signals Don’t Reach and published short stories such as “Killing the Daycare Teacher,” “Interpreting the Multiversal Chatroom with Me,” and “Time Reversers.”
Moon Yoon-sung SF Award Grand Prize, 2021