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"For a long time, the novelette and novella market for science fiction in China has been rather small. Very rarely did you see medium-length stories published in magazines, not only because of the limited number of pages in magazines, but also due to a lack of qualified stories. As a result of the situation, there have been years with a vacancy in the Gold Award for Best Novelette/Novella of the Global Chinese Nebula Awards. However, in 2016, we were glad to see two Gold Awards handed out to “When the Sun Goes Down”, by Zhang Ran (张冉) and “Chimera”, by Gu Shi (顾适). What’s more, “Chimera” has already been translated into English and is eligible for the Hugo nomination this year for Best Novella.
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Working as an urban planner, Gu Shi writes speculative fiction in her spare time. Neither job is easy. After reading so many stories online, she realized that the one she favored most had not appeared, so she started to write it herself. Her writing career can be dated back to university; she started with romance rather than science fiction. Later on, she tried science fiction, mystery and other genres. Science fiction is not the only genre she’s fond of, but absolutely the one that has won her the biggest reputation in recent years. Apart from the Chinese Nebula awarded for Chimera, Gu Shi was also awarded the Silver Chinese Nebula Award for Best New Author in 2014.

You can read the English version of “Chimera” translated by S. Qiouyi Lu and Ken Liu in Clarkesworld: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/gu_03_16/

The story is eligible for Hugo nomination this year as Best Novella. Nominate it before March 18 if you like it!

You can also find more works from Chinese authors eligible for Hugo nomination in the list: https://www.facebook.com/notes/the-shimmer-program-science-fiction-in-china/works-from-china-eligible-for-2017-hugo-nominations/1623832334588918 "

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Free ebook from Google. Members of the SRE team explain how their engagement with the entire software lifecycle has enabled Google to build, deploy, monitor, and maintain some of the largest software systems in the world.

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Humans are so complicated...
"It’s their [scientists] very detachment, what you might call the cold-bloodedness of science, that makes science the killer app. It’s the way science tells us the truth rather than what we’d like the truth to be. Scientists can be as dogmatic as anyone else — but their dogma is always wilting in the hot glare of new research. In science it’s not a sin to change your mind when the evidence demands it. For some people, the tribe is more important than the truth; for the best scientists, the truth is more important than the tribe." https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-science-is-so-hard-to-believe/2015/02/12/2ff8f064-b0a0-11e4-886b-c22184f27c35_story.html

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