ISFS2 in HIROSHIMA(2013.07.20)

July 20th, 2013 | Hiroshima Shudo University

  • Time : 9:00-12:00, July 20th, 2013
  • Title : "Towards the Frontiers of 21st Century Science Fiction: Nature, Culture, Future"
  • Place : 1F Hall, Lecture Theaters 7, Hiroshima Shudo University
  • Moderator : Takayuki Tatsumi
  • Panelists : Paolo Bacigalupi, Pat Murphy, Yan Wu, Denis Taillandier, Yoshio Aramaki, Fumio Takano
  • Admission: Free, No reservation is needed.
  • Coordinator : Hiroshi Shiota (Professor, Hiroshima Shudo University)

Introducing Overseas Guest Writers

Paolo Bacigalupi

Paolo Bacigalupi

Highly appraised as a masterpiece recalling "both William Gibson and Ian McDonald at heir very best"(Publishers Weekly) and an important book describing "An extraordinary, virtuoso, shock-immersion rendering of a transformed world"(John Clute, SCI FI Wire), his first novel The Windup Girl (2009; tr. Kazue Tanaka & Hiroshi Kaneko, Tokyo: Hayakawa Publishers, 2011) has won incredibly numerous and prestigious awards such as: the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Locus Award, the Compton Crook Award, the John W. Campbell Award, and the Seiun Award. His next novel Ship Breaker (2010; tr. Kazue Takana, Tokyo: Hayakawa Publishers, 2012) was nominated for the National Book Award. His third novel The Drowned Cities (2012) is a finalist for the L.A.Times Book Prize. His short story "The Calorie Man" (2005; tr. Naoya Nakahara & Hiroshi Kaneko, Tokyo: Hayakawa Publishers, 2012) included in Pump Six and Other Stories (2008) won the Theodore Sturgeon Award.
windupstories.com - fiction by paolo bacigalupi

Pat Murphy

Pat Murphy

In 2002, her novel There and Back Again (by Max Merriwell), translated by Hisashi Asakura (Tokyo: Hayakawa Publishers), won the Seiun Award for best foreign novel in translation. Her other awards include two Nebula Awards, the Philip K. Dick Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. She has published eight novels and many short stories, including Rachel in Love, The Falling Woman, The City Not Long After, Nadya, and Adventures in Time and Space with Max Merriwell, a novel that Publisher's Weekly called the "cerebral equivalent of a roller-coaster ride." Her children's novel, The Wild Girls, was awarded a Christopher Award in 2008. She also authored three science books for adults and fifteen science activity books for children, including Star Wars Folded Flyersand Paper Flying Dragons. Her science writing has been honored with the American Institute of Physics science communications award. In 1991, with writer Karen Fowler, Pat co-founded the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender roles.
http://www.brazenhussies.net/murphy/

Yan Wu

Yan Wu

He has many faces: a science fiction author, a science fiction anthologist and a professor and Director of the Research Center for Science Fiction and Creative Education in the Faculty of Education at Beijing Normal University, PRC. Yan Wu published the novels Xin Ling Tan Xian [Adventure in the Deep Soul, 1996] and Sheng Si Di Liu Tian [Life and Death on the Sixth Day, 1996], and nonfiction studies including Ke Huan Wen Xue Lun Gang [The Essentials of Science Fiction, 2011], and Ke Huan Ying Gai Zhe Yang Du [How to Read Science Fiction, 2012], as well as numerous edited series of fiction and criticism related to science fiction.  He is the current president of the World Chinese Science Fiction Association and vice-chair of the Science Literature Branch of China Science Writers' Association. His participation or promotion has invariably invigorated international conferences such as: "Hong Kong 2001:Technology, Identity, Futurity, East and West, In the Emerging Global Village" at the Chinese University of Hong Kong " and a Sino-US Science Fiction Summit at Beijing Normal University in 2007.

Denis Taillandier

Denis Taillandier

Being a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Transtextual and Transcultural Studies of Lyon 3 Jean-Moulin University, France, he studied Japanese science fiction at Keio University in 2009 and started teaching French as a fulltime non-tenure lecturer at Ritsumeikan University in 2010. He is also giving an introductory course on Japanese science fiction at Otemon Gakuin Univeristy. Taillandier delivered a number of papers with special emphasis on the interactions between literature and advanced technology such as: "Nanotechnology Through the Lenses of Science-Fiction: How Japanese Manga Acts as a Critical Translation of Science Worldviews" presented at the International Convention of Asia Scholars ICAS 6, Daejeon Convention Center, Korea in August, 2009. What makes his career conspicuous is that he made a debut as a science fiction critic in Japan by winning the 8th Japan Science Fiction Criticism Award with his ambitious article "Aramaki Yoshio's Flabby Engineering: Science Fiction, Surrealism and the Nano Imagination " written in Japanese and published in the May 2013 issue of Hayakawa's SF Magazine.

Introducing Japanese Guest Writers

Yoshio Aramaki

Yoshio Aramaki

An architect by training, he runs an art gallery as well as a construction company in Sapporo. Aramaki made a debut as a science fiction writer in 1970 with his highly speculative fiction "The Great Noon" and his science fiction manifesto "Theory on the Fiction of 'Kunst'." One of his earlier novellas, "The Writing on the White Wall Shines in the Setting Sun" won the 1972 Seiun Award. One of his earlier surrealist short stories, "Soft Clocks" was translated into English by Lewis Shiner and Kazuko Behrens and published in Interzone #27 in 1989. Another story "War in the Ponrappe Islands" appeared in English in Lewis Shiner's edited original anti-war anthology When the Music's Over (1991).
  In 1990, Aramaki launched what he designates "Virtual Reality War Novels," with the Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the real-life naval commander during WWII, as a central character reincarnated in alternate history. This series Konpeki no Kantai (Deep Blue Fleet) published in December 1990 and another series Kyokujitsu no Kantai (The Fleet of the Rising Sun) wound up selling five million copies.
  In 2012 Aramaki made a debut as a poet, whose first collection Skelton Peninsula won the 46th Hokkaido Shimbun Literary Prize.

Fumio Takano

Fumio Takano

Educated in French history and music, she prefers to consider herself as a "fantastica novelist." She made her debut in 1995 with a steampunk novel Musica Machina, a finalist for the sixth Japan Fantasy Novel Award co-sponsored by Shinchosha Publishers,Yomiuri Shimbun, and Shimizu Corporation, which was selected as one of Japan's best 30 works of science fiction from the 1990s. Takano has very easily transgressed the boundary between cyberpunk and steampunk, as is seen in such masterpieces as Canto Angelico (1996), a widescreen baroque featuring an eighteenth century castrato whose song has fatal effects on the listeners, and Vaslav (1998), an alternate historical cyberpunk featuring a talented dancer Vaslav Nijinsky resurrected as a computer program. She lately compiled Time Waits for No Man, the first anthology in Japan of East European science fiction and fantastica from the first decade of the 21st century. It brings together 12 stories from 10 countries, each translated directly into Japanese from its original language. In 2012 she won the 58th Edogawa Rampo Award, the Japanese equivalent of the Edgar Award with her latest science fiction mystery A Sister of Karamazov.

Introducing the Moderator

Takayuki Tatsumi

Takayuki Tatsumi

Literary critic and professor of American literature and Literary Theory at Keio University (Tokyo, Japan). He authored Cyberpunk America (Tokyo: Keiso Publishers, 1988; the 1988 Japan-US Friendship Commission's American Studies Book Prize) and Full Metal Apache: Transactions between Cyberpunk Japan and Avant-Pop America: (Durham: Duke UP, 2006; the 2010 IAFA Distinguished Scholarship Award), and co-edited the Japanese Science Fiction issue of Science-Fiction Studies (29.3[November 2002]) and Robot Ghosts, Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime (Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2007). He won the 5th Pioneer Award (SFRA) in 1994 with the collaboration essay with Larry McCaffery "Towards the Theoretical Frontiers of 'Fiction': From Metafiction and Cyberpunk through Avant-Pop"(1993)," and the 21st Japan SF Grand Prize (SFWJ) in 2001 with his edited anthology Japanese SF Controversies:1957-1997(Tokyo: Keiso Publishers, 2000). He also published numerous essays in SF Eye, Extrapolation, Para*Doxa, American Book Review, Mechademia, PMLA and elsewhere.

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