2020 Seiun Awards Nominees

Logo of the 2020 Japanese National SF Convention — now postponed to 2021.

The 2020 Seiun Award nominees were announced May 7. The award has nine categories. Below are the items shortlisted in the categories for translated works, and a few other categories of international interest.


  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, translated by Youko Hosomi (Tokyo Sogensha)
  • The Paradox Men by Charles L. Harness, translated by Tohru Nakamura (Takeshobo)
  • Jade City, by Fonda Lee, translated by Mayumi Ohtani (Hayakawa)
  • The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu, translated by Touya Tachihara, Nozomi Ohmori, Sakura Mitsuyoshi & Chai Wang (Hayakawa)
  • Only Human, by Sylvain Neuvel, translated by Chiori Sada (Tokyo Sogensha)
  • A Man Lies Dreaming, by Lavie Tidhar, translated by Shingo Oshino (Takeshobo)
  • The Murderbot Diaries, by Martha Wells, translated by Naoya Nakahara (Tokyo Sogensha)


  • “Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom” by Ted Chiang, translated by Nozomi Ohomori (Exhalation)
  • “Omphalos” by Ted Chiang, translated by Nozomi Ohomori (Exhalation)
  • “Memorials” by Aliette de Bodard, translated by Yutaka Ohshima (The Tea Master and the Detective)
  • “Bit Players” by Greg Egan, translated by Makoto Yamagishi (Bit Players and Other Stories)
  • “Uncanny Valley” by Greg Egan, translated by Makoto Yamagishi (Bit Players and Other Stories)
  • “The Caretaker” by Ken Liu, translated by Mayumi Ohtani (The Reborn and Other Stories)
  • “The Secret Life of Bots” by Suzanne Palmer, translated by Naoya Nakahara (SF Magazine 2/19)




  • Black hole first photo shooting — This is the first time it’s been successfully photographed —  National Astronomical Observatory Site
  • Annual Japanese SF Masterpiece Selection — For producing many outstanding new artists through the planning and the creation of the Science Fiction Short Award — Tokyo Sogensha Site
  • Google demonstrates supremacy of quantum computers — Because there is a discussion about the world’s first demonstration and the right or wrong. A milestone event. — Nature
  • Sid Mead Exhibition — From the beginning to the latest work, a large retrospective exhibition with a large number of original paintings. — Official Site
  • SF Magazine — For 60 years, leading the Japanese Science Fiction Industry, and in consideration of the timing of the 52nd anniversary of SFM’s founding. — Hayakawa Shobo Site
  • “Studio Nue’s S-Ef Design Theory. Monthly Model Graphics July 2019 [Intro Special Issue] — This feature brings together the history of studio Nue, which has supported the visual and literature of many sci-fi works through interviews and works. — Dainippon Painting Site

Also congratulations to Jeff VanderMeer whose Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, as translated by Masako Asaga, is a nominee in the Nonfiction category.

The Seiun Awards are ordinarily presented at the Japanese National SF Convention, however, it has been postponed until 2021. The winners usually are announced ahead of time.

[Translated fiction nominees via Locus Online.]

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  1. So, Astra Lost In Space is available for streaming on Funimation’s site in most of the world, in addition to Hulu in the US and AnimeLab in Australia.

    Promare is available for digital purchase from Amazon (and presumably iTunes).

    Also, as a correction – “Children of the Weather” actually has the English title of “Weathering With You” – it’s the latest film from Mokoto Shinkai (“Your Name.”)

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