Malaysian author Zen Cho bags Hugo sci-fi award for best novelette
BY DANIAL DZULKIFLY
Malaysian author Zen Cho has chalked up several wins in the science fiction genre
Picture by Darren Johnson/IDJ Photography via ZenCho.org
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.