Liu Cixin

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Liu Cixin
Born (1963-06-23) 23 June 1963 (age 54)
Yangquan, Shanxi, China
Occupation Science fiction writer, engineer
Nationality Chinese
Period 1999–present
Genre Hard science fiction
Notable works Three-Body trilogy

Liu Cixin (simplified Chinese: 刘慈欣; traditional Chinese: 劉慈欣; pinyin: Liú Cíxīn, IPA: [ljǒu tsʰɨ̌ɕín]; born 1963) is a Chinese science fiction writer.[1] He is a nine-time winner of the Galaxy Award (China's most prestigious literary science fiction award) and winner of the Hugo Award.[2] Liu's work is considered hard science fiction. In English translations of his works, his name is given in the form Cixin Liu.


Liu Cixin was born on 23 June 1963 in Yangquan, Shanxi. Liu's parents worked in a mine in Shanxi. Due to the violence of the Cultural Revolution he was sent to live in his ancestral home in Luoshan County, Henan.[3]

Liu received technical training from North China University of Water Conservancy and Electric Power, graduating in 1988. He has worked as a computer engineer for a power plant located in Yangquan, Shanxi.

Liu is married and has a daughter. His wife and daughter almost never read his works. [4]


Liu's most famous work, The Three-Body Problem, was published in 2007. It was translated into English by Ken Liu and published by Tor Books in November 2014, and won the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel.[5] He was the first Asian writer to win "Best Novel".[6] A translation into German, which included some portions of the original text not included in the English translation, followed in 2016.[7]

A film adaptation of The Three-Body Problem is scheduled to be released in 2017.[8]



Short story collections[edit]

  • The Longest Fall (地球大炮) (1998)
  • The Micro-Age (微纪元) (1998)
  • The Whale's song (鲸歌) (1999)
  • With Her Eyes (带上她的眼睛) (1999; republished 2004)
  • Inferno (地火) (2000)
  • The Wandering Earth (流浪地球) (2000)
  • The Rural Teacher (乡村教师) (2001)
  • Full Spectrum Barrage Jamming (全频带阻塞干扰) (2001)
  • Devourer (吞食者) (2002)
  • The Glory and the Dream (光荣与梦想) (2003)
  • Of Ants and Dinosaurs (白垩纪往事) (2003)
  • The Wages of Humanity (赡养人类) (2005)
  • Mountain (山) (2006)
  • Migration across Time (时间移民) (2014)
  • 2018 (2014)
  • Sea of Dreams(梦之海) (2015)
  • "Weight Of Memories" (2016)


  • Nine-time winner of Kehuan Shijie ["SF World"] Yinhe (Chinese Galaxy) Award: 1999–2006, 2010.
  • World Chinese Science Fiction Association's Xingyun (Nebula) Award for best writer: 2010.
  • 2015 Hugo Award in Best Novel, for English language version of The Three Body Problem
  • 2015 Xingyun Award for Best Achievement[9]


  1. ^ What lies beyond By Chitralekha Basu and Guo Shuhan, China Daily
  2. ^ Awards for Chinese-language science fictions announced
  3. ^ Three Body Problem: Author's postscript to the American Edition
  4. ^ "刘慈欣:《三体》的成功只是特例". Retrieved 11 July 2017. 
  5. ^ 2015 Hugo Awards
  6. ^ Chen, Andrea. "Out of this world: Chinese sci-fi author Liu Cixin is Asia's first writer to win Hugo award for best novel." South China Morning Post. Monday 24 August 2015. Retrieved on 27 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Deutsche Übersetzung von "The Three-Body Problem" könnte nächsten Herbst erscheinen" (in German). China Internet Information Center. September 1, 2015. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  8. ^ CaixinOnline (23 June 2016). "Premiere of Film based on Acclaimed Sci-fi Novel 'The Three-Body Problem' Pushed Back until 2017". Retrieved 24 June 2015 – via 
  9. ^ "Locus Online News " Cixin Liu Wins Xingyun Award". Retrieved 2015-10-20. 

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