Chinese writer Hao Jingfang earned her first Hugo Award for Best Novelette at the 74th World Science Fiction Convention held in Kansas City on Sunday.
Hao’s novelette "Folding Beijing" earned her the prestigious award. "Folding Beijing" combines physics and economics to tell the story of a father and daughter living in futuristic Beijing.
Hao, who holds degrees in physics, economics and management, won first prize in the New Concept Writing Competition in 2002. In addition to short stories and essays, Hao has published two full-length novels.
The Hugo Awards, established in 1953, are annual awards for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements. Named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, it is one of the most prestigious honors for science fiction and fantasy writing.
Hao is the second Chinese writer to earn a Hugo Award. Fellow Chinese writer Liu Cixin won the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel with the first of his sci-fi trilogy, The Three-Body Problem.
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