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Haikasoru at Worldcon

Well, we’re back from LoneStarCon 3, the World Science Fiction Convention. We had a party on Thursday night, presented a number of panels featuring Toh EnJoe and other Japanese colleagues, and most importantly, we won our first Hugo Award! “Mono No Aware” by Ken Liu, from our anthology The Future Is Japanese, won for Best Short Story!

Naturally, we are thrilled. We spent a lot of time updating our Twitter feed (are you following @haikasoru?), and I’ve Storyfied most of the best tweets–with lots of pics–here. So check it out!

Toh EnJoe on tour!

Toh EnJoe will be making Haikasoru history this month, by being the first of our authors to tour the United States! He’ll be at big chain stores, college campuses, and even the World Science Fiction Convention, LoneStarCon.

Do check him out. Here are the dates and times!

08/26 (Mon) 7:00PM Barnes & Noble, Burlington, MA
08/30 (Fri), morning lecture for Japanese lang/lit students—University of Texas, San Antonio. Not sure if the public is invited, but if not you can see him in town the next day at:
08/31 (Sat) 2:00PM Barnes & Noble, San Antonio, TX
09/07 (Sat) 3:00PM Kinokuniya New York
09/12(Thurs) 7:00PM Barnes and Noble, Emeryville, CA
09/17 (Tues), lecture for Japanese lang/lit students at UC Berkeley

And if you’re a member of this year’s Worldcon, here are EnJoe’s panel appearances, which take place at LoneStarCon 3, in San Antonio, Aug 29-Sept 2:

The Cthulhu Internationale
Friday 14:00 – 15:00

H. P. Lovecraft’s influence on horror and science fiction is not only immense, it is international. Come hear from Lovecraftians from the Americas, Europe, and Asia talk about Lovecraft’s work inspired them, and how their own work has adapted Lovecraftian themes for their particular national audiences.
>Toh EnJoe (M), David Nickle, Seia Tanabe, Masao Higashi, Cathy Clamp

Beyond Godzilla vs. King Kong: Monsters of Japan and the Americas
Saturday 18:00 – 19:00

Both East and West love monsters. The ghostly Japanese creatures knownas yokai are many and varied, and have a broad Western analogue in cryptids such as the sasquatch and chupacabra. The giant city-smashing kaiju, well the West has a few of those as well. But what are the differences, and what are the similarities, between these monsters?Why do adults still love monsters, and what do monsters mean when they appear in fiction, film, or folklore? Come and find out!
Seia Tanabe (M), Masao Higashi, Toh EnJoe

Disaster and the Literature of the Supernatural
Sunday 11:00 – 12:00

The inexpressible damage done to Japan by the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami of 2011 is but the latest in a long line of disasters.The relationship between natural calamities and literature of thesupernatural has never been so profound…We will use both visuals and commentary to describe the current state of the damage done by disasters, and will explore the relationships between disasters, traditional ghost stories and the literature offantasy, as well as Japan’s unique folk cultural traditions. We will present graphic images of unusual Japanese spirits, demons, and monsters.
Masao Higashi (M), Toh EnJoe, Seia Tanabe

The VIRUS giveaway contest

Hey hey, it’s been a while Haikasoruphiles, but we’re back with a brand-new giveaway contest. Just in time for the winter holidays, we’re releasing Virus: The Day of Resurrection in hardcover by Sakyo Komatsu, and we’re giving away four copies. Komatsu’s name should sound familiar—he’s the author of Japan Sinks and was a guest of honor at the 2007 World Science Fiction Convention (you know, Worldcon) in Japan—the first ever Japanese Worldcon.

Virus is a classic from the 1960s and was made into a feature film in 1980. (Enterprising people can find the whole thing on YouTube.) In it, a virus from space is altered by scientists and becomes an unstoppable killer. Soon, there only ten thousand human being left alive—on Antarctica. Then the survivors get some bad news…


Is this guy walking home from Antarctica because he left a pot roast in the oven?

Which brings us to our giveaway! Virus posits the end of the world via human folly and space germs. How do you think the world might end? Or will it ever? Do you find the whole fascination with the end of the world fascinating, endearing, or just stupid? Write us a little essay of 50-200 words, or poem, or whatever, leave it in the form of a comment on this post and you might be one of four lucky and skillful winners. (We don’t choose winners randomly; we pick the comments we find the most entertaining.) Feel free to write in English, Spanish, Japanese, German, French, or Greek, and we will ship anywhere!

Check back on Friday the 16th, at noon Pacific, when we announce the winners!

Finally, the ICO giveaway contest

Well, we had a great time at Worldcon. We did not win the Hugo, but we met lots of great people, had two wonderful panels on Japanese and cross-cultural science fiction, and made novelist N.K. Jemisin jump up and down and glee by presenting her with a copy of ICO: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe.


The new hotness.

And now it’s your turn to jump up and down! We’re giving away four copies of ICO, to the readers with the best answer to this question:

What makes ICO such a great videogame anyway. Describe why it stands out from the pack to someone not familiar with modern gaming.

Of course, we’ll take answers in English, Spanish, German, Japanese, Greek, or French. You have till Friday at noon, Pacific, to post your answer as a comment to this blog post. Then we will select four winners and send those free copies out immediately. You don’t need to be in the US to play—we ship everywhere!


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