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75th world science fiction convention opens in Helsinki

2017/8/10 10:28:22   source:China Plus/Xinhua

The 75th edition of the World Science Fiction Convention has kicked off in Helsinki, being held for the first time in a Nordic city.

The banner of 75th World Science Fiction Convention.[worldcon.fi]

The banner of 75th World Science Fiction Convention. [worldcon.fi]

The convention started with a blacksmith workshop at the Expo and Convention Center early Wednesday. The event will last for five days, and the Hugo Awards, which are the world's highest honors in science fiction, will be announced this Friday.

Chinese writer Liu Cixin, who was the first Asian writer to win the award, is nominated again this year for Death's End, a third novel in his trilogy Remembrance of Earth's Past.

Liu previously won the award in 2015 for the first book in trilogy, The Three-Body Problem.

If Liu Cixin wins, Chinese writers will have been recognized by the Hugo Awards for three consecutive years, following Liu's Best Novel win in 2015 and Chinese writer Hao Jingfang's Folding Beijing as the Best Novelette award recipient last year.

The Three-Body Problem has witnessed great worldwide success and was welcomed by celebrities all around the world, including former US President Barack Obama.

U.S. writer George R. R. Martin and author of the popular book Game of Thrones are also attending this year's event.

Organizers of this year's World Science Fiction Convention said that nearly 6,000 full five-day tickets were sold out, and the event would be one of the biggest in its history.

The convention, which is organized by the World Science Fiction Society, has been held annually since 1939.

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