Chinese science fiction writer. He is a nine-time winner of the Galaxy Award (China's most prestigious literary science fiction award) and winner of The Hugo Award. Liu's work is considered hard science fiction. Liu's parents worked in a mine in Shanxi province. Due to the violence of the Cultural Revolution he was sent to live in his ancestral home in Luoshan County, Henan Province. Liu received technical training from North China University of Water Conservancy and Electric Power. He has worked as a computer engineer for a power plant located in Yangquan, Shanxi.