The James Tiptree Jr. Award is one of the most prestigious prizes in science fiction. Given for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender, it has always been friendly to translated fiction. Johanna Sinisalo’s Troll (Not Before Sundown) was a joint winner for works published in 2004. The 2009 selection also features joint winners, one of which is a Japanese manga: Ooku: The Inner Chambers, volumes 1 & 2 by Fumi Yoshinaga.
The possibility to top quality manga translations was taken into account when we drew up the eligibility rules for our awards. We will be taking it into account, as we will for graphic stories translated from other languages.