As we mentioned yesterday, with Worldcon being in Japan, the Seiuns get their own award ceremony entirely separate from the Hugos. However, somewhat to our surprise, we could not find the 2007 Seiun nominees anywhere online except on the official Japanese SF Fan Group web site, which is in Japanese.
A certain amount of scrambling around followed. We are not entirely certain of the data yet, but we think that this nominee list is more or less correct. For this we are indebted to Jonathan Clements, and to cataly, who appears to be a Japanese student of English Literature, living in Tokyo. If you see any errors in the listing, or can help out with missing data, please let us know.
Our Japanese friends have once again demonstrated excellent taste. Their translated novel list includes works by Charlie Stross, Phillip Reeve, Geoffrey A Landis, Wil McCarthy and Alastair Reynolds. The translated short fiction comes from Gene Wolfe, China Mieville, Terry Bisson, Greg Egan, Bradley Denton and Jerry Oltion & Adam-Troy Castro. Mr. Clements, who knows far more about anime, manga and things Japanese than we ever will, informs us that the rest of the list is good. We particularly like the look of I Should Be Able to Meet a Kangaroo by Hisashi Asakura from the non-fiction section because, well everyone should.
By now most people probably know that “seiun” is Japanese for “nebula”, which is ironic because the Seiuns are more like the Hugos and the SFWJ’s award is the Nihon SF Taisho. But where there is matter, there can be dark matter, and where there are nebulas… Well, cataly explains about the
Ankoku Seiuns, the “dark nebulas”. These are apparently joke awards given out each year at Japanese National Convention. The categories are: Event, Guest, Costume, The Others, and Lucky Attendee. We hope someone will be able to tell who wins those as well as who wins the real Seiuns.