The winners of the 2018 Seiun Awards were announced July 21 by Duracon, the 57th Japanese Science Fiction Convention. Among them was Sleeping Giants, the first novel in Sylvain Neuvel’s Themis Files series, translated by Chiori Sada (Tokyo Sogensha), and named Best Translated Novel.
The Seiun Awards were founded in 1970, and are voted on by the participants of the annual Japan Science Fiction Convention. (While Seiun literally means “nebula” in Japanese, the award is not affiliated with the Nebulas.) Previous award winners in the Translated Novel category include Peter Tieryas, Ann Leckie, Andy Weir, and more.
Author and linguist Neuvel tweeted his delight and gratitude at winning the award:
So honored to see Sleeping Giants win the Seiun Award for best translated novel. A Themis-sized thank you to @tokyosogensha, Chiori Sada (translator), everyone at Duracon and all the Japanese readers of the Themis Files. どうもありがとうございます https://t.co/Hi9crZFgNn