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The Future is AWARDS AWARDS AWARDS!!!!

We’ve gotten some good news recently! Of course, as you may remember, “Mono No Aware” by Ken Liu from The Future Is Japanese is a Hugo Award nominee.


Like a box of Crackerjack box, there are prizes inside! Literary prizes!

But we have more award news! We were especially thrilled last week when Project Itoh’s novella “The Indifference Engine” was nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award—this being the first time one of the Japanese originals in the book was lauded with a nomination.

Several of our stories (all from English-language authors) were on the Locus Magazine recommended reading list and today we are pleased to announce that both Ken Liu’s story and the anthology itself are Locus Award finalists!

So that’s a Hugo, two Loci, and a Shirley Jackson. What are you waiting for? The future awaits! Buy the book!

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Two new books! OH MY!

Well, it’s the 21st of September, and you know what that means! Two new Haikasoru titles are on bookstore shelves and in stock at your favorite online retailer, today. Check ’em out:


Star Trek: The Motion Picture-era Mr. Sulu has his copies. Do you have yours?

Just in time for school—Rocket Girls! The latest from Housuke Nojiri, author of Usurper of the Sun, features hard science and teen girls. The series of books is also an anime. See?

I’ve heard the anime described as “The Right Stuff meets Sailor Moon” but I’d call the novel Gossip Girls if the titular girls had brains in their heads and real jobs. Surely, much better heroes for teen girls!

And then we have Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse by our resident “strange one” Otsuichi, just in time for Halloween. (We love timing things properly around here.) This book contains Otsuichi’s debut novella, and an entire other novel in Black Fairy Tale. We were thrilled when ZOO was nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Collection, and we’re hoping that we might get some more nominations this year—we have a novel, a novella, and a novelette in the same book, and together that makes Summer a collection. Dare we sweep the categories? Pick up a copy and see if we have a chance!

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Harmony AND Happy Anniversary

Harmony by Project Itoh releases today! As I mentioned last month when editorial copies arrived, I am especially excited about this book, which presses all my buttons—it’s a satire, near-future SF with a darkly comic tinge to it.

It’s also Haikasoru’s anniversary—our first two titles released a year ago tomorrow. So far we’ve put out eleven books, and I think we’ve done pretty well. All You Need Is KILL is on the production fast-track at Warner Bros, ZOO was nominated for the Shirley Jackson award, and we’ve found plenty of enthusiastic readers for science fiction in translation—something many observers said simply couldn’t be done. Here’s hoping there’ll be many more years, and many more readers, to come.

It’s my anniversary, but buy yourselves a present: I recommend Harmony.

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The Shirley Jackson Awards or, I Got A Rock

The winners of the 2009 Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced, and sadly for us, nominee ZOO by Otsuichi didn’t win in its category of Best Collection. Congrats to the winners Tunneling to the Center of the Earth by Kevin Wilson (Harper Perennial) and Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical by Robert Shearman (Big Finish Productions). I suppose a three-way tie out of a field of five finalists would have been too much to ask for.

Luckily, the Jacksons offer a little lagniappe for all the nominees, so soon we’ll be shipping Otsuichi his very own “The Lottery”—style throwing stone:

And now, just for kicks, here’s the brief speech that would have been read out at today’s ceremony, had Otsuichi won:

Hello, everybody. My name is Otsuichi, and I write novels in Japan. I
feel very honored to be receiving this award. Thank you so much for this
acknowledgment of my work. I’m going to tell my wife and parents about
this right away. I know they’ll all be happy for me. When I write, I
never have confidence in my stories. I write in fear of my anxiety, and
every time I think, “I’m going to quit being a writer after I finish
this novel.” However, receiving recognition like this gives me courage.
I feel I can continue writing a bit longer, and I’ll be so happy if more
people read my work as a result of this award. Thank you so much.

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