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China to Set up Sci-fi and Fantasy Awards
   2016-06-01 13:38:11    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guan Chao

A file photo shows Chinese science fiction writer Liu Cixin, who has claimed eight Galaxy Awards. [Photo: baidu.com]

China is to set up national-sponsored awards for science fiction and fantasy works within the next five years, China Youth Daily reports from the national congress of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST).

In a report by CAST chairman Han Qide, he revealed on Tuesday that China would initiate projects to support the creation of sci-fi and fantasy works, adding that related sci-fi activities including international sci-fi festival will also be launched.

The projects aim to improve people's scientific knowledge and foster national innovation.

Han also said that CAST would increase people's access to science education resources by building more modern science and technology museums.

In recent years, more than one Chinese sci-fi writer has risen to international fame, including the prestigious Liu Cixin, who is best-known for his trilogy of "The Three-body Problem", as well as newly-emerged Hugo-nominee Hao Jingfang.

China's highest award for science fiction is the Galaxy Award, which is founded by popular domestic magazine "Science Fiction World".

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