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!
Nice of you to give the world a different view of Japan in these times of sorrow.
Hello:) I’d really like to win a copy of this as it sounds great.
I’d love to get my hands on this. Go go Comp!
Curiosity gets a comment from me.
I’d like to win this one
ooh, looks shiny! please enter me! 🙂
Thanks for letting me throw my name in the hat for this one.
This sounds wonderful!
I covet. Give me pleasure! Thanks.
I’d love a copy. thanks
Looks like a great read.
Oooh! Pick me!
Commenting & crossing my fingers!
Yay for Haikasoru Week!
Our prayers are with the people of Japan!
Please consider my hat in the ring!
This would be really interesting to read. Thanks for the opportunity!
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).
Thanks to World SF Blog for this opportunity, and to Haikasoru for the giveaway.
Haikasoru’s a great imprint so far. Sign me up.
Lovin’ the stuff that Haikasoru has been putting out lately. Hope they get around to publishing Chaos Legion.
James Nicoll keeps talking about Haikasoru – I’ll bite!
Excellent. Count me in.
Looks like a nifty book, that – got pointed here by a friend’s review, and it’s definitely something I’d love a copy of.
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)
One I haven’t read yet! Sweet. I hope I win.
Ohh, do want!
Count me in!
Now there’s a prize I can get behind. I always look forward to reading new (to me) Haikasoru books.
Well the book sounds incredibly interesting, so here’s hoping I win! (Where have I heard that before?)