Japanese Translator Cathy Hirano Interviewed

Cathy Hirano - translator of the "Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince, the second volume in Noriko Ogiwara’s Tales of the Magatama series, published by VIZ Media’s Haikasoru imprint", is interviewed by Alexander O. Smith over at the Tokyo Translators Group site. After graduating from ICU, I reviewed English YA books for possible Japanese publication and occasionally... Continue Reading →

Seiun Nominees

Science Fiction Awards Watch has the list of Seiun nominees: Japanese – long form Karyuu no Kyuu (Palace of Flower Dragons) Kyoren wa Ii Nen ni Narudarou (Last Year Was Probably a Good Year) Doronko Rondo Fudou Karin wa Issai Douzezu Endless Garden, Magic Mystery Tour, Kimi to (Endless Garden, Magic Mystery Tour, and You)... Continue Reading →

Translating Genre from Japan (Haikasoru Week addendum)

Haikasoru Week is over, but as an addendum, why not check out beatrice.com, who have just run an interview with two of Haikasoru's translators, Jim Hubbert and Cathy Hirano: To give just one example, the word miya, which is used in both books, means “palace” according to the Japanese-English dictionary. That seems simple enough—but what image does the... Continue Reading →

Editorial: On Japanese SF, by Nick Mamatas (Haikasoru Week)

On Japanese SF By Nick Mamatas In Issui Ogawa’s The Next Continent, the “war on terror” is a political afterthought thanks to an American retreat from the Middle East; Japanese businesspeople see themselves as a counterweight to Western globalization; and engineers can do anything from building undersea vacation spots to constructing a wedding chapel on... Continue Reading →

Review: Housuke Nojiri’s Rocket Girls, and The Last Planet (Haikasoru Week)

Housuke Nojiri: Rocket Girls (tr. Joseph Reeder) Housuke Nojiri: The Last Planet (tr. Alexander O. Smith) Review by Anil Menon   Given Japanese pop culture’s fascination with schoolgirls and science fiction’s fascination with outer space, it is all but inevitable that Japanese SF would try to merge the two subgenres into one: schoolgirls in space.... Continue Reading →

Tuesday Fiction: “Mardock: Two Hundred Below” by Tow Ubukata (Haikasoru Week)

Today on the World SF Blog we have an exclusive novelette from Japanese author Tow Ubukata, part of our Haikasoru Week! A best-selling series and a hot anime in Japan, Tow Ubukata's MARDOCK SCRAMBLE was recently released as one huge English-language volume epic adventure. This week's feature novelette "Two Hundred Below" is a Mardock City showcases all... Continue Reading →

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,... Continue Reading →

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