Xia Jia (pseudonym of Wang Yao) was born in 1984 in Xan'ji in China. She graduated in Atmospheric Sciences from Peking University, and entered the Film Studies program at the University of Communication, where she completed the thesis: "A study of female figures in science fiction cinema".
She recently earned a PhD in Comparative Literature and World Literature from Peking University on the subject of "Chinese Science Fiction and its cultural policy since 1990". She currently teaches at Xi'an Jiaotong University.
Since college, she published Science Fiction in many magazines including Science Fiction World and Jiuzhou Fantasy. Many tales of her have won the Yinhe (Galaxy) award and the Xingyun (Nebula) award, the most prestigious Chinese science fiction awards.