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About the Author


Long before anime and manga fascinated young minds throughout the world, Japan's first science fiction writers emerged in the tumultuous post-war era. Their poignant, biting perspectives set the stage for Japan's globally successful fantasy media today.

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by James Kirkup (Poet)

Shinichi Hoshi was one of the best-known specialists in Japan in "essu effu" (SF, or science fiction). As in Britain, SF was looked down upon as a lowly form of art by the Japanese literary establishment, but Hoshi succeeded in writing 1,000 stories, a world record, by 1983.

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Hoshi’s Stories Will Open the Eyes of the Western Readers

by Robert Matthew (Former Head of the Japanese Language and Literature Department at the University of Queensland)

It is a privilege and an honour to be asked to write this introductory piece for the foreign (i.e. non- Japanese) language section of the Hoshi Library.

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The House that Never Slept

by Marina Hoshi Whyte (Daughter)

My father always worked late. When I was young, I never saw him write. I used to think that writing was a profession that didn't require a lot of work. Every day, my father would wake around noon. Then he'd lay on the couch for a while, groggy, unclear. When I'd try to talk with him, he'd manage only a mumble: "Um..." or "Mu..."

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Science Fiction in Capsules

by Kim Hines (Translation Editor)

I am - by no means - your typical science fiction fan. Like many moms, I don't like things that blow up, zip around at warp speed or vomit blue-green goo. Special effects do nothing for me. Multiple realities don't surprise me, either; I have three teenagers living at home, after all.

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Narrating Hoshi's Stories

by Patrick Harlan (Comedian)

These extraordinary ideas are made ordinary, made very approachable, through his writing. He ends up not just presenting you with this new unusual world, but also making a joke out of it perhaps. Or perhaps making a story that is heartwarming or moving. Or makes you think…

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Books that have sold over 1 million copies


Quotes selected by Hoshi's fan club


Links to related Japanese sci-fi sites

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