Shimmer Program Announced Worldcon Attendees

The Shimmer Program has announced that Shi Ran (Sharon Shi) and Lin Jiayu (Mackenzie Lin) have each won RMB 10,000 to attend and help staff Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California. Lin is currently attending Central China Normal University and Shi has translated woks into Chinese and helped run China’s Galaxy Awards.
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Tiangong-1 Falls to Earth

Chinese prototype space station Tiangong-1 entered the atmosphere and burned up over the southern Pacific Ocean just after midnight GMT on April 2. Some pieces of the station may have survived reentry. Tiangong-1 was launched in September 2011and hosted two crewed missions, each of which lasted two weeks. The space station was designed to have a two year lifespan.
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Galaxy Edge Sale

Publisher Shahid Mahmud announced in the Phoenix Pick January Newsletter that they will be offering Galaxy Edge for free on-line. The note stated that the expansion of free material was due to a cash infusion from various sources and also noted the “imminent sale” of [the Chinese language rights of the] magazine to a Chinese publisher.
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ETA: Clarification of sale of Chinese language rights based on statement from Mahmud.

Worldcon 76 Funding for Chinese Fans

Storycon has set up the Shimmer Program to help fund the visit of Chinese fans to attend Worldcon 76 in San Jose. A Similar fund was successful for Worldcon 75 in Helsinki. Two active Chinese fans will be granted RMB10,000 to attend the convention.
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Resnick Wins Galaxy

Mike Resnick has been announced as the recipient of the Galaxy Award for Most Popular Foreign Author. The Galaxy, or Yinhe, is given out in China and is considered to be the Chinese equivalent to the Hugo Award, voted on by popular vote of fans. The award was founded in 1986 and the Most Popular Foreign Author category was added in 2004.

Chinese Fireball Over Western US

A fireball seen over parts of California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho and Colorado was the remnants of the second stage of China’s Long March 7 rocket, which was launched on a test flight on June 25. The rocket was visible for more than a minute.
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Liu Speaks in Washington

Ken Liu will speak at the Library of Congress Pickford Theatre on April 8 from Noon to 1:00 on “Chinese Science Fiction: Conformance, Estrangement, and Translation.” Liu has won the Hugo and Nebula Awards and was also the translator for the Hugo Award-winning novel The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu.

New Rock on Moon

The Chinese Yutu rover, which has been exploring the moon for two years, has discovered a new type of lunar rock. The basalt rock was found in the bottom of Zi Wei crater in Mare Inbrium, which was exposed by the formation of the crater. The find may indicate that lunar composition is more diverse than previously believed.
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Jade Rabbit at Rest

China’s Jade Rabbit lunar rover, also known as Yutu, suffered a potentially mission ending breakdown which prevents it from hibernating during the 14-day long lunar night. If it does not enter hibernation mode, the rover may cease to function. The Chinese space agency issued a light-hearted news release, written as if by the rover, to announce the issue.

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Beijing in 2016 Worldcon Bid

Over the weekend, fans became aware of a bid to host the 2016 Worldcon in Beijing, although it wasn’t clear at first if it was a real bid. Steve Cooper, one of Loncon 3’s co-chairs, has since stated that the Beijing group has been in touch with Loncon 3 and plans on filing bid paper work prior to the February 15 deadline. Beijing will be bidding against an already announced bid for Kansas City.

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