2023 Seiun Awards Nominees

Sci-con2023, the 61st Japan Science Fiction Convention, has announced the finalists for the 2023 Seiun Awards (the Japanese equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best original and translated works published last year in Japan.

Best Translated Novel

  • Foundation series, Isaac Asimov, translated by Yasuko Kaji (Sogen SF Bunko)
  • The Redemption of Time, Baoshu, translated by Nozomi Oomori, Wan Chai, and Sakura Mitsuyoshi (Hayakawa Shobo)
  • NSA: National Security Agency, Andreas Eschbach, translated by Momoko Akasaka (Hayakawa Bunko SF)
  • Ball Lightning, Cixin Liu, translated by Nozomi Oomori (Hayakawa Shobo)
  • Ninth Step Station, Malka Older, Fran Wilde, Jacqueline Koyanagi & Curtis C. Chen, translated by Kana Yoshimoto, Yui Nogami, Sumiko Kudou, and Yuka Tatekawa (Takeshobo Bunko)
  • The Anomaly, Hervé Le Tellier, translated by Kaori Kato (Hayakawa Shobo)
  • The Last Astronaut, David Wellington, translated by Naoya Nakahara (Hayakawa Bunko SF)

Best Translated Short Story

  • “Unfamiliar Gods”, Adam-Troy Castro & Judi B. Castro, translated by Kazuko Onoda (Cosmic Powers)
  • “Go. Now. Fix.”, Timons Esaias, translated by Masato Naruniwa (Hayakawa SF 6/22)
  • “Eichmann in Alaska”, Chang Kang-myoung, translated by Kanae Kira (Highly Personal Superpowers)
  • “Signal”, LD Lewis, translated by Umiyuri Katsuyama (VirtualGorilla)
  • “The Wandering Earth”, Cixin Liu, translated by Nozomi Oomori and Masako Furuichi (The Wandering Earth)
  • “Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea,” Sarah Pinsker, translated by Izumi Ichida (Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea)
  • “Polished Performance”, Alastair Reynolds, translated by Naoya Nakahara (Made to Order)
  • “Running Red”, Su Wanwen, translated by Toya Tachihara (Chinese Female SF Writers Anthology: Running Red)

Best Japanese Novel

  • Godzilla Singular Point, Toh EnJoe (Shueisha)
  • Protocol of Humanity, Satoshi Hase (Hayakawa Shobo)
  • Galaxy of the Empire of Japan (5 volumes), Jyouji Hayashi (Hayakawa Bunko JA)
  • Fake Saint of the Year: You Wanted the Perfect Saint? Too Bad! (4 volumes), Kabedondaikou (Kadokawa Books)
  • Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation (26 volumes), Rifujin na Magonote (MF Books)
  • Star Shaker, Rokudo Ningen (Hayakawa Shobo)
  • The Map and the Fist, Satoshi Ogawa (Shueisha)
  • Koi Princess Marriage Tale, Shibana Randou (Shinchosha)

Best Japanese Short Story

  • “Shopping Explosion”, Tokio Amazawa (Hayakawa SF 2/22)
  • “The Mortal Game”, Kouichi Harukure (Hayakawa SF 8/22)
  • “The Sagacious Stags”, Kouichi Harukure (The Sagacious Stags)
  • “First, Let Us Assume That a Cow Is a Sphere”, Yuba Isukari (First, Let Us Assume That a Cow Is a Sphere)
  • “Schrodinger’s Girl”, Yuuki Matsuzaki (Schrodinger’s Girl)
  • “Bone Engraving”, Yuuki Shasendou (Hayakawa SF 6/22; Kaisha)
  • “Consider the Kaleidoscopic Setlist”, Katsuie Shibata (Consider the Kaleidoscopic Setlist)

There are also nominees in Media, Comic, Artist, Non-Fiction, and “Free” (other) categories. The awards will be presented August 5, 2023 at the 61st Japan SF Convention in Saitama, Japan.

For more information, including a complete list of nominees (in Japanese), see the SFFAN’s website.

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