Hao Jingfang

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Hao Jingfang, Chinese science-fiction writer.

Hao Jingfang (郝景芳) is a Chinese female science-fiction writer. She won the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novelette with a short novel, Folding Beijing, that took just three days to write.

First published in a new electronic magazine, the story follows the protagonist, Lao Dao, as he tries to navigate the complicated class barriers of a futuristic Beijing in order to send his daughter to school.

"I used to live in suburban Beijing. Near my apartment building there were noisy alleys, small restaurants and an open-air market," she said. The experience inspired her to write the story.

Born in Tianjin, Hao graduated from the department of physics in 2006 at Tsinghua University, where she is pursuing her doctorate.

Hao Jingfang is the second Chinese author to win one of sci-fi's top awards, after Liu Cixin won the best novel for 2015 with The Three-Body Problem.