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Seiun Nominees

Huge thanks to Takeo Hosoi for sending us this year’s nominee lists for the Seiun Awards. The email adds that that winners will be announced at Daicon 7, the 47th Japanese Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Kishiwada, Osaka, August 23-24, 2008. That suggests that the Seiun winners will not be known at Worldcon. We’ll check on that. Meanwhile, here are the happy nominees.

Japanese Novel

  • Self-Reference ENGINE by Toh Enjoh (Hayakawa Publishing)
  • Purizumu no Hitomi (P is for Professional-Type) by Hiroe Suga (Tokyo Sogensha)
  • Gyakusatsu Kikan (Genocidal Organ) by Project Itoh (Hayakawa Publishing)
  • Toki Suna no Ou (King of Time-sand) by Issui Ogawa (Hayakawa Publishing)
  • Shinka no Sekkei Sha (The Designer of Evolution) by Jouji Hayashi (Hayakawa Publishing)
  • MM9 (Monster Magnitude 9) by Hiroshi Yamamoto (Tokyo Sogensha)
  • Uchoten Kazoku (The Giddy Family) by Tomihiko Morimi (Gentosha)
  • Toshokan Sensou (Series: Library War) by Hiro Arikawa (MediaWorks)
  • Sky Crawlers (Series) by Hiroshi Mori (Chuokoron-Shinsha)

Japanese Story

  • “Boy’s Surface” by Toh Enjoh (Hayakawa S-F Magazine 2007/9)
  • “The Indifference Engine” by Project Itoh (Hayakawa S-F Magazine 2007/11)
  • “Kuchibeni Sakura” (“Cherry tree of lipstick”) by Masaya Fujita (Hayakawa S-F magazine 2007/2)
  • “Chinmoku no Furaibai” (“Silent Fly-by”) by Housuke Nojiri (Chinmoku no Furaibai (Hayakawa Publishing))
  • “Uzu no Soko de” (“At the bottom of tide”) by Akira Hori (SF Japan 2007 Summer (Tokuma), Iseki no Koe (Tokyo Sogen))
  • “Kaijin Kageboushi” (“A Mystery Man – silhouette”) by Hiroaki Okazaki (Hito Nigiri no Igyou (Koubunsha))
  • “Kane no Naru Ki” (“A Tree on which Money grew”) by Tsuyoshi Inoue (SF Japan 2007 Summer)
  • “Toki Tamago” (“Time Egg”) by Hirofumi Tanaka (Hanashi wo Nobel!! Hanami no Maki (Kodansha))
  • “Shokutaku ni Beer wo, Himitsu Kichi Hen” (“Beer with a Meal, Hideout”) by Megumi Kobayashi (Fujimi shobo)

Foreign Novel

  • Olympos by Dan Simmons (Translated by Akinobu Sakai, Hayakawa Publishing)
  • Brightness Falls from the Air by James Tiptree Jr. (Translated by Hisashi Asakura, Hayakawa Publishing)
  • The Separation by Christopher Priest (Translated by Yoshimichi Furusawa, Hayakawa Publishing)
  • Old Man’s War by John Scalzi (Translated by Masayuki Uchida, Hayakawa Publishing)
  • Kiln People by David Brin (Translated by Akinobu Sakai, Hayakawa Publishing)
  • Camouflage by Joe Haldeman (Translated by Tsukasa Kaneko, Hayakawa Publishing)
  • Golden Age by John C. Wright (Translated by Masamichi Higurashi, Hayakawa Publishing)
  • Golem 100 by Alfred Bester (Translated by Sachie Watanabe, Kokushokankokai)
  • The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross (Translated by Hiroshi Kaneko, Hayakawa Publishing)

Foreign Story

  • “Weather” by Alastair Reynolds (Translated by Naoya Nakahara, Galactic North and Other Stories)
  • “Khochu v Parizh” by Mikhail Veller (Translated by Norihiro Ohno and Yuki Morita, Hayakawa S-F Magazine 2007/6)
  • “The Calorie Man” by Paolo Bacigalupi (Translated by Naoya Nakahara, Hayakawa S-F Magazine 2007/3)
  • “The Concrete Jungle” by Charles Stross (Translated by Tsukasa Kaneko, The Atrocity Archives)
  • “The Djinn’s Wife” by Ian McDonald (Translated by Masaya Shimogusu, Hayakawa S-F Magazine 2007/8)
  • “Newsletter” by Connie Willis (Translated by Nozomi Ohmori, Hayakawa S-F Magazine 2007/12)
  • “Impossible Dreams” by Tim Pratt (Translated by Takashi Ogawa, Hayakawa S-F Magazine 2007/7)
  • “Dawn, and Sunset, and the Colours of the Earth” by Michael F. Flynn (Translated by Kazuko Onoda, Hayakawa S-F Magazine 2007/7)

Media

  • Denno Coil, Coil – A Circle of Children (Directed by Mitsuo Iso, Mad House, Anime)
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi, Gainax, Anime)
  • Darker than Black – Kuro no Keiyaku-sha (Directed by Tensai Okamura, Bones, Anime)
  • Transformers (Directed by Michael Bay, DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures and United International Pictures, Movie)
  • Oh! Edo Rocket (Directed by Seiji Mizushima, Madhouse, Anime)
  • El laberinto del fauno / Pan’s Labyrinth (Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Warner Bros. and Optimum Releasing and Picturehouse (USA), Movie)
  • Magical girl lyrical Nanoha StrikerS (Directed by Keizo Kusakawa, Seven Arcs, Anime)

Comic

  • 21th Century Boys by Naoki Urasawa (Shogakukan)
  • Demon Sacred by Natsumi Itsuki (Hakusensha)
  • Fruits Basket by Natuki Takaya (Hakusensha)
  • Jagan ha Gachirin ni Tobu (Evil Eyes Fly when the Moon is Full) by Kazuhiro Fujita (Shogakukan)
  • Jiji neta (Current Topics) by Mickey Bird (Bungei Shunju)
  • Sougetsu Miko (Gene Maiden) by Kazutaka Akiyoshi (Media Factory)

Art

Non Fiction

  • Hoshi Shin-ichi 1001 Wa wo Tsukutta Hito (Shin-ichi Hoshi — The Man Who Wrote 1001 Stories) by Haduki Saisyo (Shincho-sha)
  • Nihon SF Zenshu / Soukaisetsu (Commentary on “The Complete Works of Japanese SF”) by Sanzo Kusaka(Hayakawa Publishing)
  • Sekai Bungaku Wonderland (Wonderlands of World Literature) by Shinji Maki (Hon no Zasshi Sha)
  • SF Kisho Tengai (An Unusual Book of Science Fiction) by Naohiko Kitahara (Tokyo Sougensha)
  • The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Raymond Kurzweil (Translated by Ken Inoue/ NHK Shuppan)
  • Shouwa no Rocket ya san by Hayashi Noriyuki, Tsuneo Kakimi, Yuichi Sasamoto, Shinya Matsuuraand Yoshitoh Asari (xknowledge)
  • Nihon SF Younenki no Owari (Childhood’s End of Japanese Science Fiction) by the editorial department of Hayakawa Publishing(Hayakawa Publishing)

SF-Related Activity

  • Kaguya by Jaxa
  • Hatsune Miku by Crypton Future Media
  • Nippon 2007, the 2007 World Science Fiction Convention
  • 21 Seiki wo Yumemita Hibi – Nihon SF no 50nen (Days of Dreaming for 21st Century – 50 years of Japanese SF) by NHK

Our congratulations to all of the nominees, especially Hiroaki Inoue and his team for getting a Worldcon nominated for a Seiun.

3 Responses to “Seiun Nominees”

  1. on 07 Apr 2008 at 7:03 amAll About Paolo at Night Shade Books

    [...] SF Awards Watch reports this year’s Seiun Award nominees for best works of SF in Japanese (including translations). Paolo’s story, "The Calorie Man" is a finalist in the "Foreign Story" category. [...]

  2. [...] The list of nominees for the Japanese Seiun Awards have been announced, of course I can’t read the works of most of the nominees cause I don’t read Japanese but it’s always cool to see what’s going on in other places around the world. There are also two categories for foreign works that list nominees we in the west would be more familiar with, I would point out though that only two women are nominated, one in each of the categories. [...]

  3. [...] Calorie Man” just got nominated for the Seiun Award. [...]