Monday, September 09, 2013


Haikasoru is Viz Media's imprint dedicated to bringing Japanese science fiction to the english-speaking world. They publish japanese literary works--whether they are award-winners, classics, or new work by the hottest young writers--“featuring the action of anime and the thoughtfulness of the best speculative fiction” (from space opera to dark fantasy to hard science). So far, they have published over thirty titles.

I was recently reminded of the existence of this collection because one of its titles, The Future Is Japanese, is featuring a short story that just won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Short Story at LoneStarCon 3, in San Antonio, Texas. The short story is "Mono no Aware” by Chinese-American science fiction writer Ken Liu. It “tells the tale of the last Japanese survivor aboard an American space habitat after an asteroid has destroyed the Earth. This is the second story for which Ken Liu has won a Hugo Award”.

The Future Is Japanese, “edited by Nick Mamatas and Masumi Washington, is an anthology collecting science fiction from, and about, Japan, by some of the world’s best genre writers” (Pat Cadigan, Toh EnJoe, Project Itoh, Hideyuki Kikuchi, Ken Liu, David Moles, Issui Ogawa, Felicity Savage, Ekaterina Sedia, Bruce Sterling, Rachel Swirsky, TOBI Hirotaka, Catherynne M. Valente). Published in May 2012, it is available from most major North American book retailers (and an eBook edition is also available for the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, the Barnes & Noble’s Nook Books Store, and the Sony Reader™ Store).

The Future Is Japanese. San Francisco, Haikasoru, 2012. 365 pages, 5 1/4 x 8 in., $14.99 USA / $17.99 CAN / £9.99 UK (iTunes & Kindle eBook: $8.99 USA), ISBN: 978-1-4215-4223-2.

(Source: Haikasoru's press release)

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