• Wednesday, October 14, 2015

International awards for Chinese-language science fiction announced

Xinhua 2012-10-31 17:14 (GMT+8)
Performers dressed as popular characters from science fiction works pose at the Xingyun Awards. (Photo/Xinhua)

Performers dressed as popular characters from science fiction works pose at the Xingyun Awards. (Photo/Xinhua)

Ten science fiction writers, publications and organizations were awarded prizes at the third Xingyun (Nebula) Awards on Saturday.

Among the winners were Wang Jinkang, a 64 year-old retired engineer and one of China's top sci-fi writers. He won best saga novel for his work Be with Me. Zhang Xiguo, from Taiwan, won the best novella with Excess of the World. Chen Qiufan, a 31-year-old Google employee won best short story with G stands for Goddess.

The event, the only international award ceremony for Chinese-language sci-fi writers, was organized by the World Chinese Science Fiction Association based in Chengdu, capital of southwestern Sichuan province. Xingyun Awards cover works from all over the world since the birth of sci-fi in China 200 years ago. The awards were first set up in 2010 and are held annually.

"Chinese sci-fi has attracted increasing attention in recent years. It is true not only in China but also in other places around the world. Western writers and readers are trying to seek clues about China's future in sci-fi stories," said Wu Yan, president of the association.

His work, "Western science fiction classic literary theories" won best sci-fi publication of the year.

"The third Xingyun Awards attracted am unprecedented number of nominees and works, which brought great challenges to the selection work and also a great surprise to us," said Liu Cixin, China's most popular sci-fi writer and commission member for the Xingyun Award.

A total of 210 books, paintings, movies and other works were put forward for contention this year. More than 20,000 votes were received online and ten people and works were selected after the jury's deliberations.

About 200 writers, publishers, critics, filmmakers from China, the US and Japan gathered in Chengdu with more than 1,000 sci-fi fans attending the prize ceremony. Lectures, book signings and exhibitions were held during the sci-fi carnival.

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Liu Jinguo (劉金國)

Liu Jinguo is deputy minister at China's Ministry of Public Security Liu was born in Changli county in Hebei province in 1955, Liu majored in economic administration at the Central Party School. ...