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A web browser that threatens to conquer the world. The longest, loneliest railroad on Earth. A North Korean nuke hitting Tokyo, a hollow asteroid full of automated rice paddies, and a specialist in breaking up “virtual” marriages. And yes, giant robots. These thirteen stories from and about the Land of the Rising Sun run the gamut from fantasy to cyberpunk, and will leave you knowing that the future is Japanese!
Catherynne M. Valente
From “Autogenic Dreaming: Interview with the Columns of Clouds” by TOBI Hirotaka
“I didn’t kill her. She did it herself,” Jundo says.
“She used your knife to stab herself in the throat.”
“That’s right. Mrs. Tsuge used my knife. Thank you—I hadn’t thought of that name for a long time. Yukiko Tsuge.”
“Your teacher had no reason to kill herself, of course. She had a warm family life with a husband, a daughter in fourth grade, and a son in kindergarten. She was happy.”
“She had her reasons. We all do. I just gave her a little encouragement.”
“You manipulated her. No threats, no hypnosis, just conversation—”
Jundo had the ability to drive people to suicide with nothing more than conversation. This he confirmed in writing before his death. If it struck his fancy, he could make you take your own life, no matter who you were.
Seventy-three victims. His final testament bore a list of their names.
The Future is AWARDS AWARDS AWARDS!!!!
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!
“Mono No Aware” by Ken Liu gets a Hugo nomination!
We are thrilled to report this morning that “Mono No Aware” by Ken Liu, the lead story in our anthology The Future Is Japanese has been nominated for the most prestigious award in science fiction, The Hugo Award.
The Hugo Award is voted on by the fans, specifically the fans who are members of the annual World Science Fiction Convention—and of course virtually everyone in SF publishing also attends the convention and nominates and votes each year. So it’s really an honor, and it is our second Hugo nomination. Two years ago editor Nick Mamatas was nominated for Best Editor, Long Form.
It’s also very nice to see that our book has gained some attention—these days thanks to ease of reading online, stories that are available for free on the Web often have an advantage, if only because they’re easier for the fans to read and consider and pass around. Anthology stories often do less well come award season, so clearly very positive word of mouth carried the day with “Mono No Aware.”
We also feature the Upside-Down Japanese Girl Seal of Approval
Naturally, there’s also the issue that Ken himself is a very prolific writer of short stories, so people do seek his work out, and people like voting for him. So that it was our Ken Liu story and not the other dozen or so he published this year that was so honored is a special thrill.
To celebrate, we have lowered the price of the ebook edition to $3.99 for the rest of the month. Whether you like Kindle or Apple, SONY or NOOK, go check out The Future Is Japanese, cheap!
Aaand, if you’re so moved by your reading, remember that you can vote for Ken’s story, and stories by Bruce Sterling, Rachel Swirsky, David Moles, and Catherynne M. Valente, or the anthology itself (the Hugos lack an Anthology category) for the almost-as-prestigious LOCUS Awards until April 15th. So get to reading! We like prizes!
THE FUTURE IS JAPANESE cleans up on the Locus Recommended Reading List!
The Future Is Japanese is listed in the category of Original Anthologies, and five of our stories also appear on the list:
Novelette (basically stories between 7500 and 15,000 words or thereabouts):
‘‘Goddess of Mercy’’, Bruce Sterling (The Future Is Japanese)
‘‘The Sea of Trees’’, Rachel Swirsky (The Future Is Japanese)
Short Story (under 7500 words):
‘‘Mono No Aware’’, Ken Liu (The Future Is Japanese)
‘‘Chitai Heiki Koronbin’’, David Moles (The Future Is Japanese)
‘‘One Breath, One Stroke’’, Catherynne M. Valente (The Future Is Japanese)
In the current issue of Locus itself, there is some great discussion of the book by various critics. In addition to praising the stories on the list, Karen Burnham had this to say: I particularly enjoyed the stories by Ken Liu and Rachel Swirsky (both of whom continue to produce fantastic stories in a wide variety of venues), but the one that surprised me the most was ‘‘Autogenic Dreaming: Interview with the Columns of Clouds’’ by TOBI Hirotaka. I had no idea where that story was going, and in the end it was very thoughtful. Several other reviewers also mentioned our book in their recaps!
The recommended reading list will soon become a survey, and if you liked our book and the stories therein we hope you’ll vote for us! We’ll update you when it’s time, and do follow us on Twitter and Facebook if you like!
The Future Is Japanese, We Like To Brag
Hello all, and Happy New Year! Sorry for the lack of blogging, but we’ve been busy with some exciting new projects. But now, we’d like to take a moment to brag about one of our exciting old projects: our anthology The Future Is Japanese.
Try to act surprised when the future actually turns out to be Japanese.
In addition to the book getting great reviews on its own, we’re thrilled that three of its stories were selected for reprinting in three different Years Best anthologies.
Jonathan Strahan’s The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 7 will reprint “Mono No Aware” by Ken Liu.
Rich Horton’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2013 Edition will reprint “One Breath, One Stroke” by Catherynne M. Valente.
And Gardner Dozois’s Year’s Best Science Fiction, Thirtieth Annual Collection will be reprinting “Chitai Heiki Koronbin” by David Moles.
Not too shabby! Heck, if you buy our book you can read all three stories, plus other great ones.
We’re a star!
Or rather, The Future is Japanese received a starred review from Publishers Weekly! Sweet! The review reads, in part:
Eleven original stories and two reprints by notable authors both Japanese (Hideyuki Kikuchi, Toh EnJoe) and not (Catherynne M. Valente, Bruce Sterling) posit a diverse array of futures that may await Japan and the world. The bitter pessimism of the late Project Itoh’s “The Indifference Engine” is balanced by the essential optimism of Issui Ogawa’s “The Golden Bread”; the heroic sacrifice in Ken Liu’s “Mono no Aware” contrasts with the examination of malevolent genius in TOBI Hirotaka’s “Autogenic Dreaming.”
Read the whole thing here.