The May issue of That’s PRD is out now, in both paper-and-ink form citywide and digital PDF form on our website. Here, Editor-in-Chief Matthew Bossons introduces the magazine:
‘Are we alone in the universe?’ It’s a question that’s arguably as old as human civilization and, as of press time, it remains unanswered. For this month’s cover story, I take a look at China’s role in the global quest to discover extraterrestrial life and transport you to rural Guizhou to visit the world’s largest filled-aperture radio telescope, FAST, a facility that lists detecting interstellar communication signals among its numerous missions (pages 38-47).
Before I move on, though, there are a number of people I need to thank for their assistance in assembling this month’s cover story: former That’s Beijing editor-in-chief Noelle Mateer for her constructive feedback on numerous aspects of the story; Guo Xun for the fantastic cover art; Jill Barron for allowing me to use her photos of FAST (give her a follow on Instagram @guiyang.bites); Naomi Lounsbury for her research assistance; and my wife, Wang Kaiqi, for helping to translate several of the interviews included in the story.
The arrival of spring comes with a number of changes at the That’s offices. Dominic Ngai, editor-in-chief of That’s Shanghai, is departing for new opportunities in Hong Kong. His honest and diligent approach to writing and reporting will be greatly missed. Good luck, Dom!
Also, Shenzhen editor Bryan ‘The Groganator’ Grogan is heading up to our Shanghai office to assume the national arts editor role. On behalf of the whole That’s PRD team, we wish you all the best in your new position.
Catch you all next month,