Seems like it would be cheaper to just stand up your own Slashcode server and call it NextDot or something. I'd rather spend the money on hosting than give it to Dice.
But then your 3-digit UID would be worthless! And my 6-digit one!! And think of the lost karma! Oh, the humanity!
That said, I would also assume that if his books were promoting pro-capitalist or anti-government ideas they would have been censored immediately, so maybe we're missing all the "Westernized" Chinese sci-fi books because of this...
I've never seen any of this directors movies. What make him qualified to work on this?
He's not Ridley Scott, and therefore Harrison Ford would potentially be able to put up with him long enough to make another Blade Runner movie. Supposedly, a principal reason why this movie has been delayed so long was because of how much Harrison hated working with Ridley.