The winners of the 2008 Seiun Awards were announced at DAICON 7, the 47th Nippon SF convention, earlier today. Thanks to Takeo Hosoi, we have the list of winners:
- Japanese Novel: Toshokan Sensou (Series: Library Wars) by Hiro Arikawa (Ascii MediaWorks)
- Japanese Story: “Chinmoku no Furaibai” (“Silent Fly-by”) by Housuke Nojiri (Chinmoku no Furaibai (Hayakawa Publishing))
- Foreign Novel: Brightness Falls from the Air by James Tiptree Jr. (Translated by Hisashi Asakura, Hayakawa Publishing)
- Foreign Story: “Weather” by Alastair Reynolds (Translated by Naoya Nakahara, Galactic North and Other Stories)
- Media: Denno Coil, Coil A Circle of Children (Directed by Mitsuo Iso, Produced by the producer comittee of Denno Coil, Anime)
- Comic: 20th Century Boys / 21th Century Boys by Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki (Shogakukan)
- Art: Naoyuki Katoh
- Nonfiction: Hoshi Shin-ichi 1001 Wa wo Tsukutta Hito (Shin-ichi Hoshi
The Man Who Wrote 1001 Stories) by Haduki Saisyo (Shincho-sha)
- SF-Related Activity: Hatsune Miku (Vocaloid 2) by Crypton Future Media
- Special Award: Kouichiroh Noda (Masahiro Noda)
Editors’ note: Vocaloid is a piece of software that synthesizes singing from inputs of lyrics and a melody. Hatsune Miku is a version of the software specifically tuned to produce J-pop from a female voice. The character Hatsune Miku has since appeared in manga, anime and video games. More on Wikipedia.
Update: Spelling error in Takashi Nagasaki’s corrected.