Monday, August 19, 2019

Scifi Towering Malaysian

MM Online:

Malaysian author Zen Cho bags Hugo sci-fi award for best novelette


Malaysian author Zen Cho has chalked up several wins in the science fiction genre

Picture by Darren Johnson/IDJ Photography via

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 — Malaysian-born author Zen Cho has won the prestigious Hugo award, arguably the premier prize for the best work in science fiction.

The novelette titled If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again, was published at the B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog on November last year.

She received the award at a ceremony during the 77th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) in Dublin, Ireland, on August 18.

According to the blog, the novelette tells a story of an Imugi (a lesser dragon) who goes on a journey to attain the form of a full-fledged dragon and gain entry to the gates of heaven. Along the way, the Imugi meets a girl who accompanies the lesser dragon on its journey.

The prestigious award is named after Hugo Gernsback, who founded the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and who is considered one of the “fathers” of the science fiction genre.

Literary works are eligible for an award if they were published in the prior calendar year, or translated into English in the prior calendar year.

Responding to her win, Cho tweeted her heartfelt gratitude to her fans.

“Thank you to everyone for the kind congratulations. I cannot answer your tweets personally because my mentions have been murdered by happy fanfic writers celebrating their 0.000001% of a Hugo,” she said.

Cho, who now resides in the UK, had beaten five other authors for the prize.

The Hugo Award is big in the world of science fiction or 'scifi'. It's seen as equivalent to a category in the Hollywood Academy Award (Oscar) or a category in the Nobel Prizes. The award started in 1955.

Congratulations to Zen Cho for her prize.


  1. Congratulations !
    Amazing, the Hugo Awards, the ultimate accolade in the world of Science Fiction literature,

  2. Talents without honor in their own homeland....!!!

  3. Replies
    1. No, but she's the sort of Anglophile that Dong Zong-types also dislike.

    2. No, but she's the sort of Anglophile that Dong Zong-types also dislike.

    3. DZ does NOT dislike those who have been educated in English - DZ is just concerned about promoting Chinese education

    4. many dj leader kids r the so called anglo, of course they hv no problem with eng, but doesnt mean they dun dislike / look down other language.

    5. Don't bet on it.

      The fact is, there is an unholy alliance between Malay Ultra-nationalist groups and Dong Zong to sabotage any efforts to upgrade the standard of English in Malaysian schools.
      They are all Reactionary groups, just coming from different angles.

    6. 郭鹤尧 (Kuek Ho Yao) a renowned philanthropist, is Robert Kuok's cousin & was english-ed.

      Yet that didn't stop him to master Mandarin & support Chinese vernacular education all his life!

      So, what's the fart r all u anmokausai releasing to prove yr point?

      Ooop… including that 忘祖白眼狼!

    7. my point is dj leaders r mostly hypo. they talk highly abt chinese education but they would not hesitate to send their kids to a anglo universitu, is yr dad one?

    8. Is 郭鹤尧 (Kuek Ho Yao) falling under yr category?

      Sending own kid to whichever type of school has nothing to do with the supports given to the vernacular education!

      Mfer, just like so many f*cked concepts u have germinated, u r just a narrow railtracked moron who DOESN'T want to understand truth BUT anything yr way of farts!


      Get a cracked mirror & look directly at it. There is a distorted reflection of a f*cked-head!

    9. yes. anyone that did that is a hypo. here is a analogy, a malay that fight for malay/islamic education send his kids to international school n a anglo u like yr dad did, what u call that? a malay language fighter?

      anglo logic again?

    10. Wakakakakaka…

      Wrong! What a plugged from the sky analogy!

      At least the Chinese, anyone of them excluding f*cked head like u, WOULD contribute to the vernacular education by deeds & actions.

      Whereas, the melayu u have mentioned, WOULD keep all the money to get bini kedua, going for multiple haj & show-off with kereta mewah dan banglo besar.

      The fund for their kid's education, or their kindred's, IS the business of the govt. PERIOD!

      Too much Jack Daniel during dangdut hour with yr zombies/ketuanan freaks? Or they tell u so to fart?

  4. Correction! Zen Cho's award is

    The Hugo Award for Best Novelette is one of the Hugo Awards given each year for science fiction or fantasy stories published or translated into English during the previous calendar year.

    Her won category is fantasy NOT sci-fi!

    1. nowadays there is no longer a distinct division between scifi and fantasy - just go to any bookstore in Australia and you will see them in the same category

  5. A bunch of Towering Sikhs from Malaysia winning a Scottish (bag?) pipe competition.

    How more Malaysian can you get?

    Not Just A Pipe Dream Malaysian Sikh Pipe Band Are World Champions

    It seems like this Merdeka month, Malaysians around the world are doing everything they can do make the country proud.

    The latest to do that is the Sri Dasmesh Pipe Band, who defied the odds to become world champions.

    The Sikh pipe band -- the one and only in Southeast Asia, in fact -- finished first overall at the 2019 World Pipe Band Championship held in Scotland on 16 and 17 August.

    The Sri Dashmesh Pipe band also finished first in the Drumming category, as well as taking home the prize for Best Parade.

    The band broke the good news on their official Facebook page on Sunday.

    The World Pipe Band Championship, or better known as the 'The Worlds', is considered by many as the Olympics of piping.

    More than 230 bands from 16 nations took part in the championship this year, so to finish first in the competition was a historic feat indeed.

    The 40-strong Sri Dasmesh Pipe Band, which was founded in 1988, made history by becoming the first ever pipe band from Malaysia to make it to the The Worlds in Scotland.

    They also made history by becoming the first Sikh pipe band to ever compete in the World Pipe Band Championship since its inception in 1930.

    And of course, they made history by winning the entire thing!

    Well done, Sri Dasmesh Pipe Band! We are extremely proud of you

  6. Comparable to Nobel Prize?
    What substances are you taking, do tell us.

    1. a substance called Literature a sin the Nobel prize for Literature. Ever heard of it?

    2. In the world of Science Fiction, the Hugo Awards ARE the Nobel Prize.
      Just like in the world of Movie Making, the Oscars are the ultimate recognition.

    3. The award she received and the Nobel Prize are poles apart..
      Fake news.

  7. This piece is arousing so many tangential comments!

    Let me add one for our amusement.

    The organiser of the HK 818 demo claimed there were 1.7M participants.


    Using the same voa streaming YouTube as a base, my modified face recognition SW estimated that there were not more than 350k!

    Here is using another guild line to compare.

    Just look at this photo of the Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump - source The Atlantic, nbcnews, vox, ABC etc etc.

    An OFFICIAL estimated 300,000 to 600,000 people attended the public ceremony held on Friday, January 20, 2017, on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. The event was the 58th presidential inauguration.

    The direct straight-line distance between the Capitol building to the Washington monument is ∼ 2.6km.

    Let say the line only stretched for half of the length - 1.3km.

    Wakakakaka… who's kerbau-ing with highly inflated number?

    1. yr face recognition software is perhaps just another harmony os, brag can do thousand thing but forever not ready as an os.

    2. By this statement, u have proven the proverbial saying of only double fool opens his/her mouth to show the world what's his/her actual thinking is!

      No need to explain anymore to u - that jelly encased within the skull has actually gone petrified.

    3. no fact, only debris? i agree no need to explain.

    4. Of course lah!

      How could u be able to understand.

      Just go back to yr dangdut happy hour, brewing another f*cord scheme to keep yr doggies happy lah.