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