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On thursday, one chinese publisher reported that they have received orders for over 1 million copies of stephen hawking’s works after the death of the iconic physicist this week.

According to hunan science and technology press editor sun guijun, the death of the physicist brought the spotlight back to his works and triggered many to order copies of his works. Hunan science and technology press is the only publisher of the simplified chinese versions of hawking’s works for china.

China’s online book retailers JD.Com and dangdang.Com also report that hawking’s books are currently sold out in their database and only pre-orders are possible at the meantime.This month

Hawking’s best-seller "A brief history of time" was introduced in china in 1992 and after that, 10 more books from the physicists were introduced in the country.


Upon its introduction, the chinese people fell in love with science and hawking’s works.

Sun, who has been editing hawking’s books for chinese consumers since 1999, said "’A brief history of time’ has been printed over 30 times and is very popular among chinese readers."

She adds, "when I first saw him (hawking) at the university of cambridge in 2006, I was deeply shocked to see such a great scientist bound to a wheelchair forever. I could hardly believe that he had left us.Brief history time I sobbed and my mind went black several times. Hawking was great. He soley depended on his mind to express while being unable to speak and write. His personal charisma has long inspired me."

The publisher intends to publish more of hawking’s works in the future to introduce hawking’s works and thoughts regarding the issues he has studied despite his disability.

On wednesday, hawking died peacefully in his home in united kingdom at the age of 76. Many fans of the late physicists had mourned his passing, including those in china.

After the success of foreign language films in china last month, chinese theaters and cinemas throughout the country will be enjoying some more of the best foreign language films this month.This month

One of the most highly anticipated film to enter the chinese market is marvel’s ‘black panther’, which will be shown in chinese cinemas starting march 9. According to the report of maoyan, one of china’s top film databases, at least 200,000 voted that they cannot wait to see the movie in the big screen.

Another highly anticipated movie for the chinese public is ‘pacific rim: uprising’, the sequel of the 2013 film ‘pacific rim’. The film will be released on march 23 and will be featuring chinese actress jing tian and other familiar chinese stars.

The newest lara croft movie ‘tomb raider’ is also expected to make waves in the chinese box office once it begins on march 16.Brief history time although the film does not have a huge following in the country, it is expected that it will still make a splash with the participation of chinese-american film star daniel wu.

Aside from the three high budget action films, some of the contenders from the recently concluded oscars would also be shown in china this month.

First on the list is ‘the shape of water’, which will be shown on march 16. The fantasy movie garnered 13 oscar nominations and took the coveted best picture award and the best director award for guillermo del toro on sunday.

Other asian movies are also scheduled to be released in china this month. One of them is the indian film, ‘bajrangi bhaijaan’, which was released friday.Brief history time the film, starring salman khan, gotten 40 million yuan in revenue since its release.

Japanese actress yui aragaki’s comedy fim ‘mix’ is also included in the lineup and will be released on march 9. Chinese polls indicate there is a possibility the movie will be supported by many chinese moviegoers due to her role in the film.

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