China’s 2009 Galaxy Award winners announced

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last year’s award for the previous year). Outside of the Anglophone market (Europe, Australasia and North America) and Russian-speaking nations, the largest linguistic market for SF is undoubtedly Chinese. Of course the modern Chinese market is very young and indeed there is only one magazine that dominates the market and that is SF World. But with a circulation a few years ago of 500,000, SFW has to be the largest read SF magazine on the planet (and possibly off it for a few light years at least). The Galaxy Awards are managed by the magazine and the short story wins relate to those appearing in that publication.
The Most Extraordinary SF Story:
‘The Sadness of Chinese Hibiscus’ by Chang Jia (This is the third time that Chang Jia won a Galaxy Award. The story is a bit of an experiment, which intended to add some pop elements in a traditional SF story, and this experiment has arguably been proven to be a success because both judges and readers liked his idea.)

Excellent SF Stories (panel judged):
‘An Eternal Summer Dream’ by Xia Jia
‘To Live’ by Wang Jinkang (his third Galaxy in as many years!)

Readers’ SF Short Story Prizes (reader vote):
‘The Hive’ by Chi Hui
‘The Source Code of Gene’ by Feng Yuan
‘Kangaroo’ by Lin Chuan
‘Siva’s Dance’ by Jiang Bo
‘Glass Labyrinth’ by Yin Bingfeng

Best Fantasy Novel:
‘Tian Xingjian ‘- Genesis’ by Yan Leisheng (the fifth book of this series)

Best Fantasy Novella:
‘Jiayu Pass’ by Piao Deng

Best Fantasy Novelette:
‘Red Silk’ by Jingshangsanchi

Best SF & Fantasy Artist:
Li Tao (2nd year win in a row. This year’s win was for an SFW cover depicting a futuristic Olympic games arena with torch about to be lit)

Most Popular Foreign Writer:
Neil Gaiman (2nd year win in a row)

You will notice that there is no Best SF Novel category this year as once again it was deemed that there were not enough novels of sufficient quality to warrant this category.


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