SF/F Translation Award Team Seek Nominees

Cheryl Morgan sent me the following, which I expect will be of interest to many:

We are looking for 2011 nominees for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards. You can see what we have got already here: http://www.sfftawards.org/?page_id=7.

There is an enormous amount of SF&F published in languages other than English, and we get to see very little of it. Next month I’ll be getting to meet Ahmed Towfik, the Egyptian writer who has a book out in English this year. He has over 200 others untranslated, and that’s just the tip of the Arabic fiction iceberg.

As well as looking for nominees, we are also looking for volunteers to help run the awards. For various reasons Kevin and I are unable to spend nearly as much time on them as we have in the past. If you are interested in translated fiction, check out the sort of work we need done here: http://www.sfftawards.org/?p=460.

Very little translated work crosses my desk, but when it does, I’ll do my best to bring it to the award administrators’ attention. Unfortunately the only translated SF/F book I recall covering recently, John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Harbor, was published in the U.K. as Harbour in 2010, so it’s not eligible for this year’s award. I’ll certainly be keeping my eyes peeled from now on.