Born in 1984 in Tianjin, Hao Jingfang graduated in 2006 from the Tsinghua University, majoring in physics. She also studied at Tsinghua Centre for Astrophysics, ultimately earning a PhD from the School of Economics and Management. As a student, she won first prize in the fourth New Concept writing competition and the first Novoland essay contest. The English translation of her short story “Folding Beijing” earned Hao her first Hugo Award for Best Novelette at the 74th World Science Fiction Convention in August 21, 2016. Her published work includes two full-length novels, Wandering Earth an d Born in 1984, the short stories collections The Depth of Loneliness and To Go the Distance, and the essay collection Europe within Time.