Hao Jing­fang be­comes the first Chi­nese Fe­male writer to wIn Hugo Award

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As the story un­folds, it be­comes ap­par­ent that Bei­jing lit­er­ally folds and un­folds as well: the city has been com­pletely re­built, with huge sec­tions of ground that turn up­side down ev­ery 24 hours. The in­hab­i­tants of each space are put into a drugged sleep while their part of the city folds up and dis­ap­pears un­der­ground, in or­der to in­crease the city's abil­ity to sup­port a large pop­u­la­tion and, dis­turbingly, also in­creases the phys­i­cal and emo­tional sep­a­ra­tion be­tween the haves, havenots, and “have-somes.” 2-year-old Sci­ence-fic­tion author Hao Jing­fang, a Tian­jin na­tive, be­came the first Chi­nese woman to win a Hugo Award on Au­gust 21, beat­ing best-sell­ing hor­ror and fan­tasy writer Stephen King in the best nov­el­ette cat­e­gory. She re­ceived the prize for

At an ear­lier book ev ent in Bei­jing, she said the story is about the so­ci­etal and wealth gaps that she has ob­served in her own life. 2015 Hugo win­ner Liu Cixin (author of

com­mented that Hao's sto­ries con­vey warmth and a unique colour that is like "golden sun­light".

"My story sug­gests a pos­si­bil­ity for the fu­ture and also pro­poses a so­lu­tion... In my story, the fu­ture is brighter than what we thought," the colum­nist who holds an as­tro­physics de­gree from Ts­inghua Univer­sity said when ac­cept­ing her award at the Kansas City Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Grand Ballroom, the US.

In the story, Lao Dao, a man who makes a hum­ble liv­ing by sort­ing re­cy­clable trash in a waste pro­cess­ing plant in “Third Space” Bei­jing, finds a bot­tle with a mes­sage of­fer­ing what for Lao Dao is a for­tune, by for­ward­ing a mes­sage from a man in Sec­ond Space to a woman he loves who lives in First Space. Trav­el­ing be­tween the three ar­eas is dan­ger­ous and il­le­gal, but Lao Dao, who is in des­per­ate need of money to pay for his daugh­ter’s ed­u­ca­tion, is de­ter­mined to take the risk.

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