'Gate of the Machines' wins China's highest sci-fi award
By Wu Yan
Sci-fi writer Jiang Bo's "Gate of the Machines" won China's highest sci-fi award, the Galaxy Award, at its 30th awarding ceremony in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, on Friday evening.
The novel depicts the brutal battle between human beings, robots, and human intelligence. "In this world, the complexity and struggle of humanity and the coldness and 'powerfulness' of machinery are manifested to the fullest," according to the award presentation speech.
This is the second time Jiang won the Best Novel, the top honor of the Galaxy Award with a prize of 100,000 yuan, after conquering the same prize for the "The Heart of Galaxy III: Chasing Shadow and Light" in 2017.
At the ceremony, another 22 winners were also unveiled in more than ten categories, including Best Novelette, Best Short Story, Best New Writer, Best Translation, Most Popular Foreign Writer, and Best Sci-Fi Game.
This year's blockbuster film "The Wandering Earth" won the Best Screenplay award.
Liu Cixin, best known as the first Asian winner of the Hugo Award for his "The Three-Body Problem," entered "Galaxy Science Fiction Hall of Fame."
Created in 1986, the Galaxy Award is organized by the magazine "Literature of Science," the predecessor of China's most widely circulated sci-fi magazine "Science Fiction World."
To mark the magazine's 40th anniversary this year, the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Special Contribution Award, and the meritorious medal were created to recognize those who made outstanding contributions to science fiction development in China.