Haikasoru Week!

Following our first Author Week – featuring Ekaterina Sedia – which was both a success and a lot of fun (with more forthcoming), we’ve decided to do, in addition, a series of weeks focusing on genre publishers of international fiction, starting with the most exciting imprint to come around in a long time – Haikasoru, the Viz imprint dedicated to publishing Japanese science fiction in English translations, edited by Nick Mamatas.

During the week, we’ll have an exclusive interview with Nick Mamatas; an original novelette by Tow Ubukata; a review of Housuke Nojiri’s Rocket Girls, and The Last Planet, reviewed by Anil Menon; and a guest-editorial, On Japanese SF, from Nick Mamatas.

And, to celebrate the first Japanese title to be nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award this year, we have four copies of Harmony, by the late Project Itoh, to give away!

As before, this post will remain at the top of the blog for the remainder of the week. To enter a chance to win a copy of Harmony, simply post a comment below with your name and e-mail address. We will choose 4 winners at random at the end of the week. And, this being the World SF Blog, we’ll ship them anywhere in the world.

We hope you enjoy’s this week’s unique look at current Japanese SF!


33 thoughts on “Haikasoru Week!

  1. Great giveaway, count me in :] Loved the interview as well. Haikasoru could use more promotion… I have ordered their books on Book Depository who ship almost everywhere (and got them just fine), so the access itself is there, but I have never *ever* seen a copy on a physical bookstore shelf (and there are many places here in Central Europe that sell Euro-American SF in English).

  2. Lovin’ the stuff that Haikasoru has been putting out lately. Hope they get around to publishing Chaos Legion.

  3. I absolutely love Haikasoru project and their mission to pleasure the rest of the world (primly me of course) by introducing us Japanese imaginary worlds. Because seriously, it’s close to impossible to get your hands on it otherwise. Thank you. My personal favorite this far: Battle Royale… X)

  4. Now there’s a prize I can get behind. I always look forward to reading new (to me) Haikasoru books.

  5. Well the book sounds incredibly interesting, so here’s hoping I win! (Where have I heard that before?)

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