Ueda’s ‘Ocean Chronicles’ wins Nihon SF Taisho Award

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Sayuri Ueda’s “The Ocean Chronicles” was recently named the winner of the 32nd Nihon SF Taisho Award by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan.

“The Ocean Chronicles” was published in 2010, and is an adventure involving conspiracies and politics, telling the story of love and friendship among human beings, artificial organisms and intelligences.

Ueda won the fourth Komatsu Sakyo Award in 2003 with “Kasei Dark Ballad” (Mars Dark Ballad), which led Ueda to start her professional writing career.

The special award presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan went to Junya Yokota’s “Kindai Nihon Kiso Shosetsu-shi: Meiji-hen” (A History of Japanese Modern Fantasy Novels: Meiji Period) from Pilar Press Corp.

As a science fiction writer, Yokota also wrote “Hoshikage no Densetsu” (Legends of Starlights) and “Suisho no Namida” (Tears of Crystal).

He won the ninth Nihon SF Taisho Award with “Kaidanji: Oshikawa Shunro” (Good Fellow, Shunro Oshikawa), which he co-wrote.

The organization also announced the winners of the Nihon SF Hyoron-sho awards for critical essays.

Although the top Taisho Award was not applicable, Toshimichi Watanabe won the outstanding award for his essay that discusses Ueda’s “The Ocean Chronicles.”

Tsutomu Oshizawa won the special jury award for his study on “Solaris.”

In addition, the special lifetime achievement award was given to Sakyo Komatsu, a noted science fiction writer who died July 26.

The organization praised Komatsu’s pioneering and lifelong efforts to promote science fiction in Japan as one of the founding members of the writers’ society.

In an unprecedented move, the organization announced the winners at a cafe inside a Tokyo bookstore. The event was also streamed live online on the Nico Nico Douga video-sharing website.

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