Born in Tianjin, Chinese author Hao Jingfang gained her undergraduate degree from Tsinghua University’s Department of Physics and her PhD from the same university in Economics and Management in 2012. From 2011-12, she worked as a part-time economist for the IMF. Alongside her writing, she is also a project officer at the China Development Research Foundation.
In 2002, as a high school student, Hao Jingfang was awarded First Prize in the New Concept Writing Competition. Her fiction has appeared in various publications, including Mengya, Science Fiction World, and ZUI Found.
In 2016, her story ‘Folding Beijing‘ received the Hugo Award for best science-fiction novelette, beating Stephen King, who was also nominated in the same category. She is the second author to have won a Hugo Award, following Liu Cixin, whom she cites as one of her inspirations, along with Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan and Arthur Clarke.
‘Folding Beijing’ is part of a short story collection, The Depth of Loneliness. In 2016, she also released a second collection, Going Far, and a science-fiction novel, Stray Skies, which combines two earlier books, Wandering Maerth and Return to Charon. These three books are all bestsellers in China. She is now working on two full-length novels: a science-fiction story about the origins of the human civilization and our place in the universe, and a novel set in the world of the story ‘Folding Beijing’.