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The 14th Chinese Nebula Awards Announced: Post-95s Internet Literature Genius Won the Golden Award for Best Novel
发布时间:2023-05-18 20:38来源:科幻协会

On the evening of May 13, the 14th Chinese Nebula Awards was announced in the city of Guanghan, Sichuan Province.

The jury consisted of 132 representatives from the science fiction community, including scholars, writers, and fans. The outstanding works nominated by the jury went through two rounds of selection before being evaluated by an expert review committee chaired by Yao Haijun. The jury reviewed 364 nominations and selected the golden and silver awards winners for each award.


● The ceremony

Once Upon a Time in Nanjing written by Tianrui Shuofu, is awarded the Best Novel, and the author is the Best New Writer.

“From the perspective of a naive high school student, the author tells a story with an incredible plot. The writer intertwines the fates of the individual, the city of Nanjing, and humankind for a wonderful description. The novel embodies people’s courage to triumph over nature and challenge the predetermined fates. And this is the charm of Chinese-style science fiction!"

And the Best Novella goes to The Girl with a Restrained and Released Life written by Zhou Wen.

"The author has made a profound criticism and reflection on the alienation of human beings in the technological era with her outstanding imagination. Her exquisite narrative makes a deep perspective analysis of people's feelings, emotions, nervous system, and self-sustainability. In this way, the work has achieved a perfect harmony between scientific rationality and light of humanities."

The Stars Without Dream written by Chi Hui is granted the Best Short Story.

"This is a pure sci-fi story. Based on the logic of technology and sociology, the author uses first-class imagination to tell a story about the future of humanity in a pastoral setting. The stars in the sky do not dream but the dreams of human beings are unstoppable. This universe is full of vitality because of the dreams."

If We Can’t Go at the Speed of Light (collection), a work by Kim Cho-Yeol (Korea), translated by Chun Xi, garners the Best Translated Work.

"The sci-fi world created by the author is a wonderful lens, which is vast and deep, colorful and mysterious. The translator smoothly conveys the wonderful story in Chinese, driving the readers to thoroughly understand things that cannot be comprehended by human senses, to question common views and the so-called ‘normal’, and to enquire into where the technological development ends. This work explores various possibilities and their hidden connections while searching for the truth in humans’ inner world."

History of Chinese Science Fiction in the 20th Century written by Wu Yan, Jia Liyuan, Ren Dongmei, Xiao Han, Jiang Zhenyu, and Wang Yao receives the Best Non-Fiction award.

"This is so far the most authoritative work on the history of Chinese science fiction by the Chinese academic community, reflecting the collective achievements of the Chinese sci-fi research community in the past two decades."

Yao Lifen won the Best Review award for her Contemporary Science Fiction as Oxygen for Scientists’ Brain: A Review of The Pillars of a Great Power.

"'You keep imagining and we'll make it happen.' Chinese sci-fi literature is progressing in parallel with the technological innovation of China as a great nation. The author highly applauds the progress and also provides a guiding example for contemporary reviews of Chinese sci-fi literature."

In addition, the Nebula Awards Committee specially awarded the Beidou Medal for Promoting SF Award to Gan Weikang, president of Eternal Vision Science Fiction & Media Co., Hainan (EV/SFM), who has been hosting the award for seven consecutive sessions.

Tianrui Shuofu, whose real name is He Jian, was born in 1996. He won the Best Novel and Best New Writer awards. He started writing online in 2014 and has penned over three million Chinese characters. He has published three novels: There Were None on Titan, Die on Mars, and Once Upon a Time in Nanjing. The novel that made him famous, Die on Mars, won the Best Internet Literature Award at the 30th China Literature Galaxy Awards.


● Tianrui Shuofu receives the award on stage

The novel Once Upon a Time in Nanjing, which won the Best Internet Science Fiction Award at the 32nd China Literature Galaxy Awards, garners the Best Novel award at the Chinese Nebula Awards. "The novel fills the huge gap between online sci-fi and traditional sci-fi, expanding the space for sci-fi to go," said Yao Haijun, chairman of the jury.

The jury believes that Tianrui Shuofu is a rising star in the galaxy of sci-fi writers. "He has written some million-odd Chinese characters since he started. His sci-fi stories are filled with everyday life, courage, and heroism, as well as loneliness and vastness. We look forward to more new stars like him stepping onto the path of sci-fi creation and shaping a new landscape for Chinese sci-fi!"

In an interview, Tianrui Shuofu revealed that he majored in biology. His literary creation began during his university years. The sci-fi work he is writing mainly involves physics and engineering. Now, this young post-95s writer has gradually become one of the representative authors of “hardcore sci-fi” in China.


Dong Renwei, co-founder of the Chinese Nebula Awards, said, "The biggest achievement of this year's award is the emerge of a group of new sci-fi creators." In the domain of the Internet, which inherently carries the label of 'young', the post-95s and even post-2000s are rapidly pouring into the field of online sci-fi literature. This type of literature has become one of the main channels for the younger generation to explore sci-fi culture.

Winners of

the 14th Chinese Nebula Awards

Best Novel

WINNER (Golden Award):

Once Upon a Time in Nanjing, Tianrui Shuofu (China Citic Press)

Other finalists (Silver Award)

The Red Stone, Jiang Bo(Sichuan Science & Technology Publishing House / Science Fiction World)

The Apocalypse, Yan Leisheng (New Star Press / Eight Light Minutes)

The Parallel Mountain Town of Tang Empire, Liang Qingsan (People’s Literature Publishing House / Eight Light Minutes)

Best Novella

WINNER (Golden Award)

The Girl with a Restrained and Released Life, Zhou Wen (Non-exist SF 3/22)

Other finalists (Silver Award)

Descartes’ Demon, Fenxing Chengzi (Nebula Ⅻ)

The Tower, by Yang Wanqing (Nebula Ⅻ)

Bian He and the Jade, Dong Xinyuan (SCIFIDEA)

Best Short Story

WINNER (Golden Award)

The Stars without Dream, by Chi Hui

Other finalists (Silver Award)

How to Review a Paper Created by Five Senses, by Shuang Chimu (Harvest Issue 4, 2022)

Running Away from Evening Glow, by A Que (

A Record of Lost Time, by Regina Kanyu Wang (Harvest Issue 3, 2022)

Best Translated Fiction

WINNER (Golden Award)

If We Can’t Go at the Speed of Light, Kim Cho-Yeol (Korea) and translated by Chun Xi (Sichuan Science & Technology / Science Fiction World)

Other finalists (Silver Award)

The Found and the Lost, Ursula Le Guin and translated by Zhou Huaming, Hu Shaoyan, Regina Kanyu Wang, Chen Qiufan, Hu Xiaoshi, Jiang Bo, Li Te, Yao Renjie, Mu Ming, San Feng (Henan literature & Art / Imaginist)

Good Hunting, Ken Liu and translated by Xue Bai (Good Hunting)

The Stars Are Cold Toys, Sergei Lukyanenko and translated by Xiao Chuzhou (New Star / Eight Light Minutes)

Best Non-Fiction

WINNER (Golden Award)

History of Chinese Science Fiction in the 20th Century, Wu Yan, Jia Liyuan, Ren Dongmei, Xiao Han, Jiang Zhenyu, Wang Yao (Peking University Press)

Other finalists (Silver Award)

A Decade of Science Fiction, Li

Guangyi (Fourty-two Histories)

The Transformation of Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction, Zhan Ling (China Social Sciences)

Technology as the Way, Silkpunk as an Antidote, Jin Xueni (SF Research Newsletter 2/22)

Best Review

WINNER (Golden Award)

Contemporary Science Fiction as Oxygen for Scientists’ Brain: A Review of The Pillars of a Great Power, Yao Lifen (Science Popularization Times 6/24/22)

Other finalists (Silver Award)

The Chaos of Digital World: Thoughts on Writing about Artificial Intelligence – A Review of Martha Wells’ Killer Robots Series, HeavenDuke (Nebula SF Review 3/22)

Lukyanenko: The Interstellar Spiral in the Science Fiction of Soviet Russia, Hai Ke (Eight Light Minutes Culture 8/22)

The Four Don’ts and the Three Laws: Philosophical Reflections of the East and the West in Shuang Chimu’s Science Fiction, Guo Wei (Literature and Art Newspaper 3/28/22)

Best New Writer

WINNER (Golden Award)

Tianrui Shuofu

Other finalists (Silver Award)

Dong Xinyuan

Lu Hang

Qi Ran