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ANALOG STORY WINS HIGHEST JAPANESE SF AWARD


"The Astronaut from Wyoming," by Adam-Troy Castro and Jerry Oltion, received the Seiun Award for Best Foreign Language Short Story, presented at Nippon 2007, the World Science Fiction Convention, in Yokohama, Japan, on September 2, 2007.

The Seiun (which means "Nebula" in Japanese) is the highest award for science fiction given in Japan. It is given, and its winners selected, by the members of the Japanese National Science Fiction Convention, which this year was combined with the World Science Fiction Convention in Nippon 2007. In this respect it is like the Hugo awards given by World Science Fiction Convention: a "people's choice" award given by the readers.

"The Astronaut from Wyoming" was originally published in English in the July/August 1999 issue of Analog. That version was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novella given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. (The American Nebula is thus more comparable to an Oscar, given by professionals in the field.) The Seiun award was given for a Japanese translation made by Hisashi Asakura and published by the Hayakawa Publishing Corporation.

Editor Stanley Schmidt was in Yokohama to accept the award. Analog congratulates both authors, and is proud to have helped bring the world such a memorable story and to see it honored with such an award.