Author of Folding Beijing wins Hugo Award

Chinese author Hao Jingfang wins the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novelette with her novel, "Folding Beijing." Photo: Agencies

Hao Jingfang, author of Folding Beijing, became the second Chinese writer to take home a Hugo Award when she won a Best Novelette award on Saturday at the 74th World Science Fiction Convention in the United States.

"I hope the real future will be brighter than my story," the post-80s writer, who graduated from Qinghua University's Department of Physics in 2006, said at the 2016 Hugo Awards Ceremony held in Kansas City Convention Center.

Wearing a beautiful white dress, she looks like an angel.

"Folding Beijing" tells of the struggle of a father trying to send his daughter to school in futuristic Beijing, an allusion to the difficulties that some Chinese parents are undergoing to ensure their children receive a high quality education.

In 2015, the first ever Asian writer Liu Cixin won a Hugo Award for Best Novel for sci-fi bestseller The Three-Body Problem, which is the first part of a trilogy, sending ripples of excitement across China's Internet and the sci-fi community.

Established in 1953, the Hugo Awards acknowledge the best works of science fiction or fantasy and are seen as the highest honor bestowed in science fiction and fantasy writing. They are named after Hugo Gernsback who was the founder of the American science fiction magazine Amazing Stories.


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