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The 27th Galaxy Award ceremony was held on September 8, 2016, at the Morning Star Music Hall on the campus of Beihang University. It has been 30 years since the very first Galaxy Award in 1986 and this time, Li Yuanchao, the Deputy Prime Minister of China, made a speech during the opening of the ceremony in Beijijng. Eleven awards were presented; the list of winners were is below:

  • The best original book:
    • Science Fiction Short Stories Collection by Liu Cixin (Sichuan Science and Technology Publishing House)
  • The best imported book:
    • Kirinyaga (Sichuan Science and Technology Publishing House)
    • The Martian (Yilin Press)
  • The best related book:
    • The Physics in “The Three-body Problem” (Sichuan Science and Technology Publishing House)
  • The best SF game:
    • Thunder Fighter (from Tencent)
  • The best translator:
    • Sun Jia (孙加)
  • The best new writer:
    • Quan Ru Xiao Jie (犬儒小姐)
  • The best artist:
    • Sha Yu Dan (鲨鱼丹)
  • The best editor:
    • Li Keqin (李克勤) from Science Fiction World Magazine
    • Song Qi (宋齐) from Sichuan Science and Technology Publishing House
  • The most popular foreign writer:
    • Greg Bear
  • The best novel:
    • Dooms Year, by He Xi (何夕)
  • The best novella:
    • When the Sun Goes Down, by Zhang Ran (张冉)
    • The Way of Machines, by Jiang Bo (江波)
  • The best short story:
    • “Goodnight, Melancholy,” by Xia Jia (夏笳)
    • Balin,” by Chen Qiufan (陈楸帆)
    • “The Promised Child,” by Quan Ru Xiao Jie (犬儒小姐)
  • Special contribution award:
    • Yang Xiao (杨潇)
    • Tan Kai (谭楷)

 

Three days after the Galaxy Award ceremony, the 7th Chinese Nebula Award ceremony was held on September 11, at the National Library of China in Beijing. Guests from the US and Japan were invited to the meeting. They were Cat Rambo, the president of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America; Crystal Huff, co-chair of Worldcon 75 (the 2017 World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Helsinki); Taiyo Fujii, Japanese science fiction writer, winner of Seiun Award and Nihon SF Taisho Award, president of Science Fiction Writers’ Club of Japan. The winners of the 7th Chinese Nebula Award are listed  below:

  • The best novel (gold award):
    • The Heart of Galaxy III: Chasing the Shadows and the Lights, by Jiang Bo (江波)
    • Shortlisted (silver awards):
      • The Heaven the Father, the Earth the Mother, by Wang jinking (王晋康)
      • Dooms Year, by He Xi (何夕)
      • Human-Shaped Weapons: The White Fox, by Zheng Jun (郑军)
      • The Sunken World, by Shi-Kuo Chang (张系国)
  • The best novella (gold award):
    • When the Sun Goes Down, by Zhang Ran (张冉)
    • Chimera, by Gu Shi (顾适)
    • Shortlisted (silver awards):
      • The Year When I Took the Exam, by Bao Shu (宝树)
      • Of Clouds and Mists, by Wang Kanyu (王侃瑜), aka. Regina Kanyu Wang
      • The Chronicles of Alien Matters, by Hu Shaoyan (胡绍晏), aka. Shaoyan Hu
  • The best short story (gold award):
    • Balin, by Chen Qiufan (陈楸帆)
    • Shortlisted (silver awards):
      • Nezha, by Jiang Bo (江波)
      • The Fire of Sun, by Ling Chen (凌晨)
      • The Song of the Seas, by Chen Zijun (陈梓均)
      • The Night Watcher, by Wang Liming (王立铭)
  • The best original book (gold award):
    • The Fantastica Culture and the Image of the Modernized China as in Literature Arts, from Yangcheng Evening News Press.
    • Shortlisted (silver awards):
      • The Worst Universe, the Best Earth: A Collection of Critiques and Essays on Science Fiction Written by Liu Cixin, from Sichuan Science and Technology Publishing House.
      • The Reboot of Chinese Science Fictions, from Chongqing University Press.
      • The Best Chinese Science Fictions in 2014, from people’s literature publishing house.
      • The Regenerated Brick, from Shanghai People’s Publishing House.
  • The best imported book (gold award):
    • The Martian, from Yilin Press.
    • Shortlisted (silver awards):
      • Pump Six, from Sichuan Science and Technology Publishing House.
      • Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales (vol 1 & 2), from New Star Press.
      • The Emergence of Latin American Science Fiction, from Baihua Literature & Art Publishing House.
      • The Science of Star Wars, from Beijing United Publishing Co., Ltd.
  • The best children’s book (gold award):
    • The Fallen Stars, Book 3: The Wolf and the Princess in Desert, by Zhou Jingzhi (周敬之)
    • Shortlisted (silver awards):
      • The Flying Birds in Wrath (Vol 1-5), by Lu Yang (陆杨)
      • The True Humans, by Wang Jinkang (王晋康)
      • The Trilling Cave, by Zheng Jun (郑军)
      • The Star Lights in Your Eyes, by Ma Chuansi (马传思)
  • The best new writer (gold award):
    • Hu Shaoyan (胡绍晏), aka. Shaoyan Hu
    • Shortlisted (silver awards):
      • Wang Kanyu (王侃瑜), aka. Regina Kanyu Wang
      • Suo Hefu (索何夫)
      • Nian Yu (念语)
      • Hui Hu (灰狐)
  • The best critique work (gold award):
    • Jules Verne’s Journey in China, by Li Guangyi (李广益)
    • Shortlisted (silver awards):
      • Comparing the Images of “Future China” in the Science Fiction Stories of the Late Qing Dynasty and Early Republic Era, by Ren Dongmei (任冬梅)
      • The Adaption of Space SF Stories —— How “the Martian”  Soared, by Zheng Jun (郑军)
      • A Bizarre New World: The Strange Time and Space in the Science Fiction Stories of the Late Qing Dynasty, by Fei Dao (飞氘)
      • Some Side Notes about Star Wars, by Xi Xia (西夏)
  • The best editor (gold award):
    • Cheng Quan (成全)
    • Shortlisted (silver awards):
      • Chao Xia (超侠)
      • Tang Fei (糖匪)
      • La Zi (拉兹)
      • Li Lei (李雷)
  • The best fandom (gold award):
    • SF AppleCore
    • Shortlisted (silver awards):
      • 501st China, Vader’s Fist
      • SF Articles
      • Crew for My Three-Body Problem Animation Movie
      • Sichuan University Science Fiction Association
  • The best art work (gold award):
    • Cover art for Kirinyaga, by Guo Jian (郭建)
    • Shortlisted (silver awards):
      • Cover art for The Heart of Galaxy III: Chasing the Shadows and the Lights, by Zhao Enzhe (赵恩哲)
      • Cover art for The Heaven the Father, the Earth the Mother, by Liu Junwei (刘军威)
      • Cover art for Dooms Year, by Wang Yunfei (王云飞)
      • Cover art for The Piper and the Ripper, by Fu Shiyi (付诗意), Sun Shiqi (孙十七)

 

In addition, this year, the organizing committee decided to give out cash bonuses to the winners of the best creative work for SF movies, presented to the works that might be converted into successful screenplays.

  • The best creative work for SF movie adaption
    • Gold award:
      • Dooms Day, by He Xi (何夕)
      • The Heart of Galaxy Trilogy, by Jiang Bo (江波)
    • Silver award:
      • The Piper and the Ripper, by Cheng Jingbo (程婧波)
      • The Fallen Stars Saga, by Zhou Jingzhi (周敬之)
      • The Corridors, by Quan Ru Xiao Jie (犬儒小姐)
      • The Monster, by Peng Liurong (彭柳蓉)
    • Shortlisted:
      • The Unreachable Time, by Xia Jia (夏笳)
      • Spiritism, by Hui Hu (灰狐)
      • Riemann’s Cat, by Bei Xing (北星)
      • The Empire of Octopus, by Xiao Xinghan (萧星寒)
      • The Codes of God: A Heaven’s Book of Life, by Chao Xia (超侠)
      • True Humans, by Wang Jinkang (王晋康)
      • The Prisoned Souls, by Luo Longxiang (罗隆翔)
      • Wake Up, Sleeping Dolphin, by Ling Chen (凌晨)
      • The Mechanical Squirrel, by Wang Kanyu (王侃瑜), aka. Regina Kanyu Wang 

 

A personal note: It is a triumph to see SF AppleCore win the gold award for best fandom. My friends who run and manage the events/activities of SF AppleCore have been working diligently for seven years. They have been sticking to doing what they enjoy and feel is right to do, even if there were difficulties. They have brought SF AppleCore through the years, and now they have been recognized by the entire SF community in China. Being one of their number, I am extremely happy and proud of this outcome.

Profile photo of Shaoyan Hu

Shaoyan Hu is a part-time translator for speculative fictions. He has worked together with other translators to render A Song of Ice and Fire series into Chinese language. His other translation works in Chinese language include Marooned in Realtime by Vernor Vinge, The Scar by China Miéville, and The City & the City by China Miéville. There are also a number of short stories, novelettes and novellas translated by Shaoyan that appeared in various SF&F magazines in China.

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  • Nick Stember

    Thank you for posting this Shaoyan! It would be interesting to track down the publication data for the short stories–it’s been interesting to see so much sci-fi appearing outside of Science Fiction World in magazines like Guo Jingming’s ZUI Found 文艺风赏 and Han Han’s One 一个. Also Cube SF 科幻CUBE, Micro SF 小科幻APP, and Comet SF… Very cool time to be a fan of Chinese science fiction!