Mixed reactions as The Three-Body Problem wins Hugo Award

( Xinhua ) Updated: 2015-08-26 10:46:29

Mixed reactions as <EM>The Three-Body Problem</EM> wins Hugo Award

Chinese writer Liu Cixin won a Hugo Award for his novel The Three-Body Problem. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Chinese sci-fi bestseller The Three-Body Problem won the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel on Sunday, sending ripples of excitement across China's Internet and the sci-fi community.

Liu Cixin was the first Asian writer to win the Hugo Award, deemed as the highest honor for science fiction works along with the Nebula Awards.

The series portrays the centuries of clashes between earthlings and the Trisolaran civilization living in a three-sun system.

In a telephone interview with Xinhua, Liu said he was "very happy" about the accolade but "will treat the award with a humble attitude and won't get overwhelmed."

Liu said the accolade would boost the export of Chinese sci-fi works to the United States and help Americans better understand Chinese sci-fis, but he refrained from overestimating its boost on China's sci-fi writing.

"Science fiction writing across the world is on a decline ... which I assume is because technology is losing its mystery, while mystery is an important backbone of sci-fi composition," he said.

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