As the city of Chongqing continued its role as the host for the Xingyun (Nebula) Awards for Global Chinese Science Fiction over the weekend, Humanities Center Lecturer Liu Yang received a Silver Medal for Best Novel and the Original Stone Award for his book, “The Orphans of Red Planet.” This is Liu Yang’s second Silver Medal, following last year’s ceremony.
“The Orphans of Red Planet” by Dr. Liu Yang was published by People’s Literature Press in 2018. Previously, “The Orphans of Red Planet” has won many awards such as the China Science Fiction Readers’ Choice Award and the Golden Age Award. It was selected as the “Golden Dolphin Science Fiction IP Value List” of the 9th Beijing International Film Festival and the TOP IP of the 2019 Shanghai International Film and Television Festival.
The judges highly praised “The Orphans of Red Planet,” noting the movement of the narrative from the college entrance examination to the far grander story of high school students saving the world from aliens. The subversion of the entire human knowledge system is based on highly reasonable explanations, resulting in a suspenseful novel that is hard to put down. Following his success, Liu Yang thanked journalists for their questions, saying “I will continue to work hard to write better works.”
The 10th Xingyun (Nebula) Awards for Global Chinese Science Fiction include long, medium and short science fiction for both children and adults. It also includes non-fiction works, artworks, and includes categories such as science fiction film creativity and children’s work. This year’s awards also included prizes for artwork and best new writer.
The Global Chinese Science Fiction Nebula Award is the highest award for Chinese science fiction literature in the world. In 2010, it was founded by Dong Renwei, Yao Haijun, Wu Yan, Liu Cixin, Han Song, Wang Jinkang and He Xi, the leading Chinese science fiction writers and science fiction activists at home and abroad, and gradually became the American Nebula Award and the Japanese Nebula Award. It aims to discover, select and reward outstanding Chinese sci-fi writers, works and publishing institutions worldwide. The influence of the Xingyun (Nebula) Awards for Global Chinese Science Fiction has been growing in credibility and influence since its first ceremony eight years ago. It has contributed to the promotion of the development of China’s science fiction and the launch of China’s new science fiction writers.
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