Great news for international SF, and a great start for 2011, with the news that Japanese novel Harmony, by Project Itoh (real name Satoshi Itō – a young Japanese author who died, far too early, of cancer in 2009 – he was 34) has just been nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award. The novel has been translated by Alexander O. Smith.
This is the first time in the award’s 29 year history that a Japanese novel has been on the short-list. Harmony is published by Haikasoru, the new SF imprint dedicated to bringing Japanese SF novels into English. Haikasoru itself is named after Philip K. Dick’s classic novel The Man in the High Castle (Haikasoru being a Nipponized pronunciation of the words “High Castle”).
The Philip K. Dick Award was set up in 1982 to honour works of science fiction first published in the US as paperback originals.
The full list of nominees below.
YARN by Jon Armstrong (Night Shade Books)
CHILL by Elizabeth Bear (Ballantine Books/Spectra)
THE REAPERS ARE THE ANGELS by Alden Bell (Henry Holt & Co.)
SONG OF SCARABAEUS by Sara Creasy (Eos)
THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF SPRING HEELED JACK by Mark Hodder (Pyr)
HARMONY by Project Itoh, translated by Alexander O. Smith (Haikasoru)
STATE OF DECAY by James Knapp (Roc)