Seiun Award

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Seiun Award
Awarded for science fiction
Country Japan
First awarded 1970

The Seiun Award (星雲賞 Seiunshō?) is a Japanese speculative fiction award for the best science fiction published in Japan during the preceding year, as voted by the participants of the annual Japan Science Fiction Convention. "Seiun" is the Japanese word for "nebula", but the award is not related to the American Nebula Award. It is not the Japanese "equivalent" to the Hugo Award, as the Hugo Award is open to works from anywhere in any language, but it is similar to the Hugo Award, which is presented by the members of the World Science Fiction Society, in that all of the members of the presenting convention are eligible to participate in the selection process. The Seiun was named after first professional science fiction magazine in Japan, which appeared in 1954.[1] The professional works released in the previous calendar year are eligible for vote. If the work is part of a series, the entire series is eligible when the series is finished as well. The Federation of Science Fiction Fan Groups of Japan selects several works for each category and issues the candidate list, but voters may write in any eligible work outside the list.

Winners[edit]

Best Japanese Novel of the Year[edit]

Year Winner
1970 Reichōrui Minami e by Yasutaka Tsutsui
1971 Tsugu no wa Dare ka? by Sakyō Komatsu
1972 Ishi no Ketsumyaku by Ryō Hanmura
1973 Kagami no Kuni no Alice by Tadashi Hirose
1974 Japan Sinks by Sakyō Komatsu
1975 Ore no Chi wa Tanin no Chi by Yasutaka Tsutsui
1976 Nanase Futatabi by Yasutaka Tsutsui
1977 Saikoro Tokkōtai by Musashi Kanbe
1978 Chikyū Seishin Bunseki Kiroku / Eld Analusis by Masaki Yamada
1979 Shōmetsu no Kōrin by Taku Mayumura
1980 Hōseki Dorobō by Masaki Yamada
1981 Kaseijin Senshi by Chiaki Kawamata
1982 Kirikiri-Jin by Hisashi Inoue
1983 Sayonara Jupiter by Sakyō Komatsu
1984 Teki wa Kaizoku / Kaizokuban by Chōhei Kanbayashi
1985 Sentō Yōsei Yukikaze by Chōhei Kanbayashi
1986 Dirty-Pair no Daigyakuten by Haruka Takachiho
1987 Prism by Chōhei Kanbayashi
1988 Legend of the Galactic Heroes by Yoshiki Tanaka
1989 Babylonia Wave by Akira Hori
1990 Jōgen no Tsuki wo Taberu Shishi by Baku Yumemakura
1991 Hybrid Child by Mariko Ōhara
1992 Merusasu no Shōnen by Hiroe Suga
1993 Venus City by Gorō Masaki
1994 Owari naki Sakuteki by Kōshū Tani
1995 Kishin Heidan by Masaki Yamada
1996 Hikishio no Toki by Taku Mayumura
1997 Seikai no Monshou by Hiroyuki Morioka
1998 Teki wa Kaizoku / A-kyū no Teki by Chōhei Kanbayashi
1999 Suisei Gari by Yūichi Sasamoto
2000 Good luck, Sentou Yousei Yukikaze by Chōhei Kanbayashi
2001 Eien no Mori, Hakubutsukan Wakusei by Hiroe Suga
2002 Fuwa-fuwa no Izumi by Hōsuke Nojiri
2003 Usurper of the Sun by Hōsuke Nojiri
2004 Dai-Roku Tairiku by Issui Ogawa
2005 ARIEL by Yūichi Sasamoto
2006 Summer/Time/Traveler by Kazuma Shinjō
2007 Nihon chinbotsu Dai 2 Bu by Sakyo Komatsu and Kōshū Tani
2008 Toshokan Sensō Series by Hiro Arikawa
2009 Harmony by Keikaku Itō
2010 Guin Saga series by Kaoru Kurimoto
2011 Kyonen wa ii toshi ni narudarou by Hiroshi Yamamoto
2012 Tengoku to jigoku by Yasumi Kobayashi
2013 Shisha no teikoku by Keikaku Itō and Tō Enjō
2014 Kororogi dake kara mokusei toroya e by Issui Ogawa

Best Japanese Short Story of the Year[edit]

Year Winner
1970 "Furu Neruson" by Yasutaka Tsutsui
1971 "Vitamin" by Yasutaka Tsutsui
1972 "Shirokabe no Moji wa Yūhi ni Haeru" by Yoshio Aramaki
1973 "Kesshō Seidan" by Sakyō Komatsu
1974 "Nippon Igai Zenbu Chinbotsu" by Yasutaka Tsutsui
1975 "Kamigari" by Masaki Yamada
1976 "Vomisa" by Sakyō Komatsu
1977 "Metamorphoses Guntō" by Yasutaka Tsutsui
1978 "Gordian Knot" by Sakyō Komatsu
1979 "Chikyū wa Plain yogurt" by Shinji Kajio
1980 "The Dirty Pair's Great Adventures" by Haruka Takachiho
1981 "Green Requiem" by Motoko Arai
1982 "Neptune" by Motoko Arai
1983 "Kotobazukaishi" by Chōhei Kanbayashi
1984 "Super Phoenix" by Chōhei Kanbayashi
1985 (No award)
1986 "Lemon Pie, Oyashiki Yokochō Zero Banchi" by Masahiro Noda
1987 "Martian Railroad 19" by Kōshū Tani
1988 "Yama no ue no Kōkyō-gaku" by Norio Nakai
1989 "Kurage no Hi" by Jin Kusakami
1990 "Aqua Planet" by Mariko Ōhara
1991 "Jōdan no Tsuki wo Kurau Inoshishi" Baku Yumemakura
1992 "Kyōryū Laurentiis no Genshi" by Shinji Kajio
1993 "Sobakasu no Figure" by Hiroe Suga
1994 "Kuruguru Tsukai" by Kenji Ōtsuki
1995 "Nonoko no Fukushū Jigujigu" by Kenji Ōtsuki
1996 "Hitonatsu no Keikenchi" by Kō Hiura
1997 "Diet no Hōteishiki" by Jin Kusakami
1998 "Independence Day in Ōsaka (Ai wa Nakutomo Shihonshugi)" by Mariko Ōhara
1999 "Yoake no Terrorist" by Hiroyuki Morioka
2000 "Taiyō no Sandatsusha" by Hōsuke Nojiri
2001 "Ashibiki Daydream" by Shinji Kajio
2002 "Ginga Teikoku no Kōbō mo Fude no Ayamari" by Hirofumi Tanaka
2003 "Ore wa Misairu" by Mizuhito Akiyama
2004 "Yomibito shirazu" by Shinji Kajio
2005 "Katadorareta Chikara" by Hirotaka Tobi
2006 "Tadayotta Otoko" by Issui Ogawa
2007 "A Furoshiki and Spider’s Thread" by Hōsuke Nojiri
2008 "Chinmoku no Flyby" by Hōsuke Nojiri
2009 "Nankyokuten no Pia Pia dōga" by Hōsuke Nojiri
2010 "Jisei no yume" by Hirotaka Tobi
2011 "Arisuma ō no aishita mamono" by Issui Ogawa
2012 "Utau sensuikan to Pia Pia dōga" by Hōsuke Nojiri
2013 "Ima shūgōteki muishiki o," by Chōhei Kanbayashi
2014 "Hoshi o tsukuru mono tachi" by Kōshū Tani

Best Foreign Language Novel of the Year[edit]

Year Winner
1970 The Crystal World by J. G. Ballard
1971 The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
1972 Nightwings by Robert Silverberg
1973 The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
1974 Dune by Frank Herbert
1975 Up the Line by Robert Silverberg
1976 ...And Call Me Conrad by Roger Zelazny
1977 The Dragon Masters by Jack Vance
1978 I Will Fear No Evil by Robert A. Heinlein
1979 Ringworld by Larry Niven
1980 Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
1981 Inherit the Stars by James P. Hogan
1982 The Genesis Machine by James P. Hogan
1983 Dragon's Egg by Robert L. Forward
1984 The Garments of Caean by Barrington J. Bayley
1985 The Zen Gun by Barrington J. Bayley
1986 Elric saga by Michael Moorcock
1987 Neuromancer by William Gibson
1988 Norstrilia by Cordwainer Smith
1989 Footfall by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
1990 Collision with Chronos by Barrington J. Bayley
1991 The Uplift War by David Brin
1992 The McAndrew Chronicles by Charles Sheffield
1993 Tau Zero by Poul Anderson
1994 Entoverse by James P. Hogan
1996 The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Timelike Infinity by Stephen Baxter
1997 End of an Era by Robert J. Sawyer
1998 Fallen Angels by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
1999 The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter
Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
2000 Kirinyaga by Mike Resnick
2001 Frameshift by Robert J. Sawyer
2002 There and Back Again by Pat Murphy
2003 Illegal Alien by Robert J. Sawyer
2004 Heaven's Reach by David Brin
2005 Distress by Greg Egan
2006 Diaspora by Greg Egan
2007 Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve
2008 Brightness Falls from the Air by James Tiptree, Jr.
2009 Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
2010 The Last Colony by John Scalzi
2011 Eifelheim by Michael Flynn
2012 The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
2013 The Android's Dream by John Scalzi
2014 Blindsight by Peter Watts

Best Foreign Language Short Story of the Year[edit]

Year Winner
1970 "The Squirrel Cage" by Thomas M. Disch
1971 "The Poems" by Ray Bradbury
1972 "The Blue Bottle" by Ray Bradbury
1973 "The Black Ferris" by Ray Bradbury
1974 "A Meeting with Medusa" by Arthur C. Clarke
1975 "Eurema's Dam" by R. A. Lafferty
1976 "Wet Paint" by A. Bertram Chandler
1977 "Rozprawa" by Stanisław Lem
1978 (No award)
1979 "All The Myriad Ways" by Larry Niven
1980 (No award)
1981 "A Relic of the Empire" by Larry Niven
1982 "The Brave Little Toaster" by Thomas M. Disch
1983 "Nightflyers" by George R. R. Martin
1984 "Unicorn Variation" by Roger Zelazny
1985 (No award)
1986 (No award)
1987 "Press Enter■" by John Varley
1988 "The Only Neat Thing To Do" by James Tiptree, Jr.
1989 "Eye for Eye" by Orson Scott Card
1990 "Think Blue, Count Two" by Cordwainer Smith
1991 "Schrödinger's Kitten" by George Alec Effinger
1992 "Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo" by John Varley
1993 "Groaning Hinges of the World" by R. A. Lafferty
1994 "Tangents" by Greg Bear
1995 "The Planet Named Shayol" by Cordwainer Smith
1996 "Robot Visions" by Isaac Asimov
1997 "Heads" by Greg Bear
1998 "The Death of Captain Future" by Allen Steele
1999 "This Year's Class Picture" by Dan Simmons
2000 "Out of the Everywhere" by James Tiptree, Jr.
2001 "Oceanic" by Greg Egan
2002 "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang
"Reasons to be Cheerful" by Greg Egan
2003 "Luminous" by Greg Egan
2004 "Hell Is the Absence of God" by Ted Chiang
2005 "And Now the News..." by Theodore Sturgeon
2006 "The Human Front" by Ken MacLeod
2007 "The Astronaut from Wyoming" by Adam-Troy Castro and Jerry Oltion
2008 "Weather" by Alastair Reynolds
2009 "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" by Ted Chiang
2010 "Dark Integers" by Greg Egan
2011 "Carry the Moon in My Pocket" by James Lovegrove
2012 "The Lifecycle of Software Objects" by Ted Chiang
2013 "Pocketful of Dharma" by Paolo Bacigalupi
2014 "The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu

Best Media of the Year[edit]

Year Winner
1970 TV Series The Prisoner
Film Charly
1971 TV Series UFO
1972 Film The Andromeda Strain
1973 Film A Clockwork Orange
1974 Film Soylent Green
1975 Anime Uchū Senkan Yamato
1976 Theatrical play Star
1977 (No award)
1978 Film Solaris
1979 Film Star Wars
1980 Film Alien
1981 Film Star Wars/The Empire Strikes Back
1982 (No award)
1983 Film Blade Runner
1984 Film The Dark Crystal
1985 Film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
1986 Film Back to the Future
1987 Film Brazil
1988 Film Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise
1989 Film My Neighbor Totoro
1990 Anime Gunbuster
1991 TV Ginga Uchū Odyssey
1992 Film Terminator 2: Judgment Day
1993 Anime Mama wa Shōgaku 4 Nensei
1994 Film Jurassic Park
1995 Film Zeiram 2
1996 Film Gamera: Guardian of the Universe
1997 Film Gamera 2: Attack of Legion
1998 Tokusatsu Ultraman Tiga
1999 Film Martian Successor Nadesico: The Motion Picture – Prince of Darkness
2000 Anime Cowboy Bebop
2001 Video game Gunparade March
2002 Tokusatsu Kamen Rider Kuuga
2003 Anime Voices of a Distant Star
2004 Film The Two Towers
2005 Anime Planetes
2006 Tokusatsu Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger
2007 Film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
2008 Anime Dennō Coil
2009 Anime Macross Frontier
2010 Film Summer Wars
2011 Film District 9
2012 Anime Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika
2013 Anime Bodacious Space Pirates
2014 Film Pacific Rim

Best Comic of the Year[edit]

Year Winner
1978 Toward the Terra by Keiko Takemiya
1979 Fujōri Nikki by Hideo Azuma
1980 Star Red by Moto Hagio
1982 Kibun wa Mō Sensō by Katsuhiro Otomo
1983 Gin no Sankaku by Moto Hagio
1984 Domu: A Child's Dream by Katsuhiro Otomo
1985 X + Y by Moto Hagio
1986 Appleseed by Masamune Shirow
1987 Urusei Yatsura by Rumiko Takahashi
1988 Kyūkyoku Chōjin R by Masami Yūki
1989 Mermaid Saga by Rumiko Takahashi
1990 So What? by Megumi Wakatsuki
1991 Uchū Daizakka by Eiji Yokoyama
1992 Yamataika by Yukinobu Hoshino
1993 OZ by Natsumi Itsuki
1994 DAI-HONYA by Miki Tori
Grant Leauvas Monogatari by Kyōko Shitō
1995 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki
1996 Parasyte by Hitoshi Iwaaki
1997 Ushio and Tora by Kazuhiro Fujita
1998 SF Taishō by Miki Tori
1999 Runnahime Hourouki by Eiji Yokoyama
2000 Itihaasa by Wakako Mizuki
2001 Cardcaptor Sakura by Clamp
2002 Planetes by Makoto Yukimura
2003 Chronoeyes by Yūichi Hasegawa
2004 From Far Away by Kyōko Hikawa
2005 Bremen II by Izumi Kawahara
2006 Onmyōji by Reiko Okano
2007 Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō by Hitoshi Ashinano
2008 20th Century Boys by Naoki Urasawa
2009 Trigun Maximum by Yasuhiro Nightow
2010 Pluto by Naoki Urasawa, Osamu Tezuka, Takashi Nagasaki, Makoto Tezuka and Tezuka Productions
2011 Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
2012 Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
2013 Inherit the Stars by Yukinobu Hoshino
2014 The World of Narue by Tomohiro Marukawa

Best Artist of the Year[edit]

Year Winner
1979 Naoyuki Kato
1980 Noriyoshi Ourai
1981 Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
1982 Shusei Nagaoka
1983 Yoshitaka Amano
1984 Yoshitaka Amano
1985 Yoshitaka Amano
1986 Yoshitaka Amano
1987 Michiaki Sato
1988 Jun Suemi
1989 Hiroyuki Kato & Keisuke Gotou
1990 Katsumi Michihara
1991 Eiji Yokoyama
1992 Masamune Shirow
1993 Keinojō Mizutama
1994 Hitoshi Yoneda
1995 Keinojō Mizutama
1996 Akihiro Yamada
1997 Yuji Kaida
1998 Shigeru Mizuki
1999 Takami Akai
2000 Kenji Tsuruta
2001 Kenji Tsuruta
2002 Katsuya Terada
2003 Makoto Shinkai
2004 Daisuke Nishijima
2005 Makoto Shinkai
2006 Range Murata
2007 Yoshitaka Amano
2008 Naoyuki Kato
2009 Naoyuki Kato
2010 Naoyuki Kato
2011 Naoyuki Kato
2012 Naohiro Washio
2013 Kenji Tsuruta
2014 Naoyuki Kato

Non-Fiction of the Year[edit]

Year Winner
1985 Kōseiki no sekai by Fujio Ishihara
1986 Tokusatsu Hero Retsuden by Noriaki Ikeda
1987 Ishihara Hakase no SF Kenkyūshitsu by Fujio Ishihara
1988 Wizardry nikki by Tetsu Yano
1989 Space Opera no kakikata by Masahiro Noda
1990 Future Magic by Robert L. Forward
1991 SF Handbook, edited by Hayakawa Shobō Editorial Office
1992 TV Series "Denshi Rikkoku Nippon no Jijoden" by NHK
1993 The Minds of Billy Milligan by Daniel Keyes
1994 Yasashii Uchū Kaihatsu Nyūmon by Masahiro Noda
1995 Itoshino Wonderland by Masahiro Noda
1996 Tondemo-bon no sekai, edited by Togakkai
1997 Tondemo-bon no gyakushū, edited by Togakkai
1998 Walking Humanoid Robot P2 by Honda
1999 Uchū o Kūsō shitekita Hitobito by Masahiro Noda
2000 AIBO by Sony
2001 Motto sugoi kagaku de mamorimasu! by Yūichi Hasegawa
2002 NHK Shōnen Drama Series no Subete by Hisaaki Masuyama
2003 Uchū e no pasupōto (Passport into Space) by Yūichi Sasamoto
2004 Uchū e no pasupōto 2 (Passport into Space 2) by Yūichi Sasamoto
2005 Maeda Kensetsu Fantasy Eigyobu by Maeda Corporation
2006 Disappearance Diary by Hideo Azuma
2007 Uchū e no pasupōto 3 (Passport into Space 3) by Yūichi Sasamoto
2008 Hoshi Shinichi: 1001 Wa o Tsukutta Hito by Hazuki Saishō
2009 Sekai no SF ga yattekita! Nippon con file 2007 edited by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan
2010 Nihon SF Seishinshi by Yasuo Nagayama
2011 Sa wa saiensu no sa by Tsukasa Shikano
2012 Azuma Hideo sōtokushū --- Bishōjo, SF, fujōri gyagu, soshite shissō, edited by Kawade Shobo Shinsha
2013 Offprint of "The Present and Future of CGM: The World Opened Up by Hatsune Miku, Nico Nico Douga, and PIAPRO" from the May 2012 issue of IPSJ Magazine, published by Information Processing Society of Japan
2014 DIY LIQUID FUEL ROCKET by Summer Rocket Team, by Yoshito Asari

Free Genre[edit]

Year Winner
2002 H-IIA Rocket Test Flight 1, by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
2003 Humanoid Robot HRP-2 Promet, by Yutaka Izubuchi and Kawada Industries
2004 Royal Science Museum Series 1, by Toshio Okada
2005 Japan Pavilion of the 9th Venice Biennale of Architecture, by Japan Foundation, Kaichirō Morikawa, and participating artists
2006 Landing on the asteroid Itokawa by the asteroid sample return mission MUSES-C "Hayabusa", by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
2007 M-V Rocket, by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
2008 Hatsune Miku, by Crypton Future Media Co.
2009 (No award)
2010 Gundam 30th Anniversary Project Real G the Statue of Gundam by Sunrise Inc. and Nomura Co., Ltd.
2011 Returning of Hayabusa Probe (20th Science Satellite MUSES-C) to Earth, by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
2012 (No award)
2013 iPS cells, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University
2014 NOVA original anthology series, edited by Nozomi Ohmori

Special Prize[edit]

Year Winner
1982 Uchūjin as Japanese Oldest Sci-fi Fanzine
1989 Osamu Tezuka
2005 Tetsu Yano
2007 Yoshihiro Yonezawa
2008 Kōichirō Noda (Masahiro Noda)
2010 Takumi Shibano
2011 Sakyo Komatsu

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Awards". Nippon2007: 65th World Science Fiction Convention. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 

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