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Folding Beijing Wins Hugo Award
Hao Jingfang, author of Folding Beijing, becomes the second Chinese writer to take home a Hugo Award (CCSS Level: Grade 9, Words: 285)
Aug 25, 2016 Culture & Entertainment
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Hao Jingfang, the author of Folding Beijing, took away a Hugo Award when she won a Best Novelette award on Saturday at the 74th World Science Fiction Convention in the United States. She is only the second Chinese writer to win the award, but certainly won't be the last.

Her story tells of a father struggling to get his daughter a good education in a future Beijing, reflecting the difficulties some parents face when trying to get high quality schooling for their children.

In Hao's short story, Beijing is divided into three different living spaces that rotate, so each can take a turn at being on the surface during the day.

Last year Chinese multi-award winning author Liu Cixin won a Hugo Award for his sci-fi bestselling novel The Three-Body Problem. Both Liu's and Hao's works were translated into English by Ken Liu. Ken received the award this year along with Hao.

Established in 1953, the Hugo Awards honour the best works of science fiction or fantasy and are seen as the highest honor that can be given in this writing genre. They are named after Hugo Gernsback who was the founder of the American science fiction magazine Amazing Stories.

The 32-year-old Hao received her first writing award when she was only 18, winning first prize in the New Concept Writing Competition. She gained her undergraduate degree from Tsinghua University's Department of Physics and her PhD from the same university in Economics and Management in 2012.

Hao beat out some stiff competition, as the same novelette category also featured on the shortlist the famous US writer Stephen King.

If you would like to read Folding Beijing, you can access the English version on the Uncanny Magazine website:
http://uncannymagazine.com/article/folding-beijing-2/

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