The Science Fiction Fan Groups’ Association of Nippon (SFFAN) has announced the winners for the 2020 Seiun Awards (the Japanese equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best original and translated works published last year in Japan.
Best Translated Novel
- WINNER: The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu, translated by Touya Tachihara, Nozomi Ohmori, Sakura Mitsuyoshi & Chai Wang (Hayakawa)
- The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, Becky Chambers, translated by Youko Hosomi (Tokyo Sogensha)
- The Paradox Men, Charles L. Harness, translated by Tohru Nakamura (Takeshobo)
- Jade City, Fonda Lee, translated by Mayumi Ohtani (Hayakawa)
- Only Human, Sylvain Neuvel, translated by Chiori Sada (Tokyo Sogensha)
- A Man Lies Dreaming, Lavie Tidhar, translated by Shingo Oshino (Takeshobo)
- The Murderbot Diaries [All Systems Red, Artificial Condition, Rogue Protocol, and Exit Strategy], Martha Wells, translated by Naoya Nakahara (Tokyo Sogensha)
Best Translated Story
- WINNER: “Uncanny Valley”, Greg Egan, translated by Makoto Yamagishi (Bit Players and Other Stories)
- “Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom”, Ted Chiang, translated by Nozomi Ohomori (Exhalation)
- “Omphalos”, Ted Chiang, translated by Nozomi Ohomori (Exhalation)
- “Memorials”, Aliette de Bodard, translated by Yutaka Ohshima (The Tea Master and the Detective)
- “Bit Players”, Greg Egan, translated by Makoto Yamagishi (Bit Players and Other Stories)
- “The Caretaker”, Ken Liu, translated by Mayumi Ohtani (The Reborn and Other Stories)
- “The Secret Life of Bots”, Suzanne Palmer, translated by Naoya Nakahara (SF Magazine 2/19)
Best Japanese Novel
- WINNER: Tenmei no Shirube [Signposts to the Stars] series, Issui Ogawa (Hayakawa)
- Hitoyo no Nagai Yume [Long Dream of One Night/Human World], Katsuie Shibata (Hayakawa)
- Yadokari no Hoshi [The Hermitage], Dempow Torishima (Tokyo Sogensha)
- Tokyo no Ko [Tokyo Nipper], Taiyo Fujii (Kadokawa Shoten)
- Saki wo Yukumonotachi [The Ones Who Go Ahead], Chohei Kambayashi (Hayakawa)
- HELLO WORLD, Mado Nozaki (Shueisha)
- Daizetsumetsu Kyoryu Time Wars [Great Extinction Dinosaur Time Wars], Gengen Kusano (Hayakawa)
Best Japanese Story
- WINNER: “Mizu no Tsuki” [Invisible Moon], Hiroe Suga (SF Magazine 2/19)
- “Hirabayashi-kun to Io no Sue” [Mr. Hirabayashi and Descendant of Fish], Takehiko Oxi (Space: The Anthology of Sogen SF Short Story Prize Winners)
- “Hikari yori Hayaku, Yuruyaka ni” [Faster than Light, Slowly], Ren Hanna (Smooth World and Its Enemies)
- “Twin Star Cyclone Runaway”, Issui Ogawa (Flowers for Asterism: A Yuri SF Anthology)
- “Moshimo Bokura ga Umareteitara” [If We Were Born], Kenrei Miyanishi (Space: The Anthology of Sogen SF Short Story Prize Winners)
- “Serpent”, Hirotaka Tobi (SF Magazine 4/19)
- “Tsuioku no Mori” [Memento Mori], Mitsuhiro Monden (Memento Mori)
There were also winners in Multimedia, Comic, Artist, Non-Fiction, and “Free” (other) categories. The awards were to be presented at F-CON, the 59th Japan SF Convention, scheduled for August 22-23, 2020 in Fukushima prefecture. The convention has been postponed until March 13-14, 2021.
For more information, including a complete list of winners (in Japanese), see the SFFAN’s website.
[Thanks to Terrie Hashimoto for the story and translations.]
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