2021 Xingyun Awards for Chinese Science Fiction

Cover of Best Novel winner Across the Rings of Saturn by Xie Yunning

Winners of the 12th Chinese Nebula (Xingyun) Awards for Chinese SF in 2020 were announced on October 23 at a ceremony held in Chongqing, China.

BEST NOVEL

Winner (Golden Award):

  • Across the Rings of Saturn, by Xie Yunning

Other finalists (Silver Award)

  • The End of the Silver Age, by Qi Yue
  • Chongqing Labyrinths: Strange Events in the Mist, by Earl E
  • Seven States of Galaxy Saga: The Phantom of Haojing, by Bao Shu & A Que
  • The Little Mushroom Man, by Yishisi Zhou

BEST NOVELLA

Winner (Golden Award):

  • “The Persons who are Trapped in Time”, by Cheng Jingbo

Other finalists (Silver Award)

  • “The Curse of Einstein”, by Hui Hu
  • “The Colorless Green”, by Lu Qiucha
  • “The Years of Our Invisibility Shield”, by Teng Ye
  • “A Mountain of Dust”, by Wanxiang Fengnian

BEST SHORT STORY

Winner (Golden Award):

  • “Preface to the Reprint Edition of ‘Overture 2181’”, by Gu Shi

Other finalists (Silver Award)

  • “Synecdoche, Chongqing”, by Duan Ziqi
  • “Operation Spring Dawn”, by Mo Xiong
  • “My Lover is not Human”, by Chen Qian
  • “The New Year Gifts”, by Han Song

BEST TRANSLATED WORK

Winner (Golden Award):

  • Alternate Worlds: The Illustrated History of Science Fiction, James Gunn, translated by Jiang Qian

Other finalists (Silver Award)

  • The Search for Philip K.Dick, Anne R Dick. Translated by Jin Xueni
  • Steel Beach, John Varley. Translated by Qiu Chunhui
  • A Scanner Darkly, Philip K. Dick. Translated by Yu Juanjuan
  • Astounding: John W.Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A.Heinlein, L.Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction,  Alec Nevala-Lee. Translated by Sun Yanan

BEST NON-FICTION

Winner (Golden Award):

No Award

Other finalists (Silver Award)

  • “Science Fiction and High Concept Films”, by Zheng Jun
  • “The Settings and the Network of Settings in Science Fiction Writing”, by Liu Yang
  • “What do ‘The Wandering Earth’ and ‘The Man from Earth’ have in common other than Earth, or What on Earth is Science Fiction?”, by Xi Xia
  • “Marxism and Science Fiction”, by Fu Changyi
  • “Science Fiction between 1949-1966: The Speed of China, from Fantasy to Reality”, by Xiao Han

BEST REVIEW

Winner (Golden Award):

  • “Anyone can Imagine an Airplane, but Only a Science Fiction Writer Can Imagine the Flight Mileage Cards: Review of ‘Store of the Worlds’”, by Jiang Zhenyu

Other finalists (Silver Award)

  • “‘The Snow of Jinyang’: Silkpunk and Retro-futurism”, by Lyu Guangzhao
  • “The Engineer’s Mind in Science Fiction Writing: Review of ‘The Möbius Space’”, by Sanfeng
  • “The Force of Science Fiction: Preface to the Chinese Edition of ‘Alternate Worlds: The Illustrated History of Science Fiction’”, by Liu Cixin
  • “In the Land of Wandering Ghosts: Rereading Han Song’s ‘The Hospital’”, by Zhong Tianyi

BEST NEW WRITER (2018-2020)

Winner (Golden Award):

  • Duan Ziqi

Other finalists (Silver Award)

  • Bai Bi
  • Fenxing Chengzi
  • Su Wanwen
  • Zhao Lei

[Thanks to Feng Zhang for the press release.]

2020 Xingyun Awards for Chinese Science Fiction Winners Announced

The eleventh annual Xingyun Awards for Chinese Science Fiction were presented by the World Chinese Science Fiction Association on April 24, 2021. The ceremony was held in Lingshui, Hainan Province. Due to Covid-19, the award ceremony was postponed from November 2020 to April 2021.

BEST NOVEL

  • WINNER: The Stars, Qi Yue

Other finalists

  • Memory Deviation, Wu Chu
  • The Cosmic Egg, Wang Jinkang
  • A Voyager in the Sea of Stars, A Que

BEST NOVELLA

  • WINNER: “Astronomical Priests”, Baoshu

Other finalists

  • “Host”, Cheng Jingbo
  • “The Algorithms for Life”, Chen Qiufan
  • “Forget-Me-Not”, A Que

BEST SHORT STORY

  • WINNER: “In This Moment, We are Happy”, Chen Qiufan

Other finalists

  • “The Man Who Recedes into the Past”, Baoshu
  • “Seventeen Years”, Bai Bi
  • “The Personification Algorithm”, Yang Wanqing

BEST NON-FICTION

  • WINNER: Cognitive Estrangement: Study of Science Fiction by H.G. Wells, Li Chan

Other finalists

  • “’Materials’ and ‘Devices’ in Science Fiction: A case study of Tower of Babylon and Folding Beijing”, Fei Dao
  • “Relic, Mirage and Future-land: The positioning of contemporary science fiction”, Dai Jinhua
  • “I Have Run into this Galaxy Before: Reading Galaxy Edge No.4”, Jiang Zhenyu

BEST TRANSLATED FICTION

  • WINNER: Central Station, Lavie Tidhar, translated by Chen Yang

Other finalists

  • Dragon’s Egg, Robert L. Forward, translated by Kuan Yuan
  • “Magician”, Satoru Ogawa, translated by Ding Dingchong
  • Marrow, Robert Reed, translated by Jia Ye

BEST ARTWORK

  • WINNER: Cover of Science Fiction World Translation 6/19, Wu Wei

Other finalists

  • Cover of The Listener, Butu
  • Cover of Cat Country, Guangyuan
  • Illustration of Dark Forest in Illustration Collection of the Three-body Problem, Techism-Heyuan

BEST NEW WRITER (2017-2019)

  • WINNER: Mu Ming

Other finalists

  • Wang Nuonuo
  • Fenxing Chengzi
  • Wu Chu
  • Zhao Lei

[Based on a press release.]

Liu Cixin Wins A Chinese Nebula Award

Liu Cixin, author of the “Three-Body” trilogy, won the “Best Achievement Award” during the 2015 Xingyun (“Nebula”) Awards for Global Chinese Science Fiction in Chengdu City on October 18.

More than 40,000 readers voted for the 12 prizes given during this year’s Xingyun Award. The ceremony was attended by over 1,000 science fiction writers and readers, both from China and abroad.

The only other winner announced by China’s English-language news services was for the best screenplay for a science fiction film.

This was awarded to “Mist,” which was written by Wang Kanyu and Wu Shuang, according to Dong Renwei, a science fiction writer and one of the founders of the Xingyun Award.

The annual award, created in 2010, is given by the World Chinese Science Fiction Association. It is the only award for Chinese-language science fiction works and writers that recognizes achievements regardless of place of publication.

The 2015 Xingyun Awards nominees in all 12 categories were posted by Amazing Stories in August. Interestingly, Best Achievement, the category just won by Liu Cixin, was not among the 12. Was this an extra honor inspired by the author’s Hugo win?