I mean, damn.
But that’s not the worst part. The worst part?
We don’t own a trampoline.
That got blown into our yard from someone else’s yard. Which means that trampoline got pushed several hundred feet by the wind.
So, yeah. Exciting weather day.
That would be in the category of Best Foreign Novel. I am naturally delighted. This is actually the second Seiun Award for me, the first having come with The Last Colony in 2010. You may now insert your standard “big in Japan” jokes here. But in all honesty, I love that The Android’s Dream has picked up another award (it’s also won Germany’s Kurd Lasswitz Preis).
And as with that prize, where I asked to share the award with the translator, I have asked to share this Seiun Award with the Japanese translator, Masayuki Uchida (内田昌之). Without him, the novel wouldn’t have won this award in the first place. I figure it’s a fair share.
Congratulations also to Paolo Bacigalupi, whose “Pocketful of Dharma” has won the Seiun in the Best Foreign Short Fiction category. The dude’s a prize machine.