Chinese sci-fi hit wins Hugo Awards for the first time
Chinese sci-fi fans were ecstatic when they learned that the Hugo Awards, one of the most prestigious science-fiction awards in the world, went to a Chinese novel for the first time.
The Three-Body Problem, written by Chinese sci-fi novelist Liu Cixin, beat out four other finalists and was announced the winner of the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel in Seattle on Saturday night local time.
The book’s translator Ken Liu accepted the award on the author’s behalf.
As one of the key international awards for the sci-fi genre, the Hugo Awards have been recognizing the best science fiction or fantasy works published in English since 1953.
The Three-Body Problem is also the first Chinese sci-fi novel that has been translated to English. Ever since it was first serialized in a Chinese sci-fi magazine in 2006, The Three-Body Problem, now a complete trilogy, has captivated millions of people in China for its magnificent space philosophy, and was unanimously hailed by sci-fi fans as “China’s best sci-fi novel.” In 2014, the English version of the trilogy’s first book was published in the US.
The second book, The Dark Forest, is planned to hit stores this summer, and the finale, Death’s End, will be out in January 2016, according to the trilogy’s publisher Tor Books.
Earlier this year, The Three-Body Problem was also nominated for the Nebula Awards, but didn’t go further than that. The loss made winning the Hugo Award more precious in the eyes of many fans.
“Eliminate human tyranny! The world belongs to Trisolaris!” congratulated Weibo user @Haoyunjierenboqie by quoting a famous sentence from the book. (For those who may not know, Trisolaris is an alien planet in the book, which literally means “Three-Body” in Chinese.)
“Well, after all it’s the winner predicted by George R.R. Martin,” commented @Wuwuyayawenwen, referring to the 2015 Hugo Awards predictions that the Game of Thrones author made on his blog a week ago.
“There’s nothing happier than having your favorite novel being acknowledged by the world. Congratulations!” said @Jiacunzhang_lang.