Yao Wang

Associate Professor, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
Ph.D. Peking University, China


Wang Yao is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Xi’an Jiaotong University, and a visiting scholar at University of California, Riverside from 2018 to 2019. She obtained a Ph.D. at Peking University in 2014, with “Chinese Science Fiction and Its Cultural Politics Since 1990” as the topic of her dissertation. Her academic anthology on contemporary Chinese science fiction Coordinates of the Futurewas published in May 2019.

She has been publishing speculative fiction since collegewith the pen name Xia Jia. Sevenof her stories have won the Galaxy Award, China’s most prestigious science fiction award.So far she has published a fantasy novel Odyssey of China Fantasy: On the Road (2010), as well as three science fiction collections The Demon Enslaving Flask(2012), A Time Beyond Your Reach(2017) and Xi’an City Is Falling Down(2018). In English translation, she has been published in Clarkesworldand other venues.Her first story written in English, “Let’s Have a Talk,” was published in Naturein 2015. Her first English anthology A Summer Beyond Your Reach: Storiesis upcoming in November 2019.

She is also engaged in other science fiction related works, including translation, screenwriting, editing and creative writing teaching.