Chinese author vying for 'Nobel prize of sci-fi world'

Updated 2017-04-06 10:30:41 CGTN

The trilogy written by Liu Cixin

A Chinese science fiction writer is in the running for the Hugo Award for Best Novel to be handed out by the World Science Fiction Society in August.

“Death's End,” a book by Chinese science fiction writer Liu Cixin, will go up against five other novels vying for the coveted trophy to be given out in Helsinki, Finland.

Best Novel is one of the Hugo Awards given out annually for science fiction or fantasy stories that are published in English or translated into English. It is referred to as the “Nobel prize of the science fiction world.”

“Death's End” is the third novel in the trilogy entitled “Remembrance of Earth's Past.” Liu's first novel in the series, The Three-Body Problem, won the Hugo Award in 2015. Liu is the first Asian to win the award.

“The Dark Forest,” the second book in the trilogy, did not make it into the final round to be considered for the award. Its failure was largely attributed by fans to a change in the book's translator.

The last installment was translated by Ken Liu, the person who worked on the first book in the trilogy.

A win by “Death's End” will mean Chinese writers will have won a Hugo Award for three consecutive years. In 2016, “Folded Beijing” by Hao Jingfang won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette.

Since its entry into the English market, Liu's trilogy has gained a loyal fan base. Among the high-profile readers who have heaped praise on the book are former US President Barack Obama, and George R. R. Martin, the author behind “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels.

Voting for this year's Hugo Award begins this week and the winner will be announced during the annual World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki.

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