Novelist Toh EnJoe was awarded a special citation from the administrators of the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award for science fiction published in the United States, his publisher said Saturday.

The English translation of EnJoe's 2007 debut work "Self-Reference Engine," published in the United States last year, was recognized at an award ceremony held in Seattle on Friday night, according to Hayakawa Publishing Co.

The prize was established in 1983 in honor of Dick, an influential U.S. writer of science fiction works such as "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"

EnJoe, a 41-year-old former Web engineer who was born in Sapporo, follows the late author Keikaku Ito, who also received a special citation from the award's administrators in 2011 for his work "Harmony."

"I am glad to receive the treasured prize. To make ends meet, I'd like to produce works that will be accepted around the world," EnJoe said in a statement.

In 2012, EnJoe won the prestigious Akutagawa literary prize for his experimental work "Dokeshi no Cho" ("Clown's Butterfly").