Paolo Bacigalupi's lecture (TOKYO, 2013.07.26)

July 26th, 2013 | Mita Campus, Keio University

Keio University's G-SEC American Studies Project will invite the new cutting-edge American SF writer, Paolo Bacigalupi, who won multiple prestigious SF awards. He will be giving a special lecture at the university. This is a rare opportunity to directly hear his active voice as an author on the frontline and his ideas on American Literature. We hope to see you all there!


  • Time : 16:30-18:00, July 26st, 2013
  • Title : "Science Fiction in American Literature"
  • Place : Meeting Room A, Faculty Research Building, Mita Campus, Keio University
    2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo
  • Moderator : Takayuki Tatsumi
  • Admission : Free
  • Language : English
  • Sponsor : Keio University's G-SEC American Studies Project
  • Cooperator : The Keio Society of Arts and Letters
  • Contact : Global Security Research Institute (

Lecturer's Profile

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. - fiction by paolo bacigalupi

Moderator's Profile

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.