Ebihara Yutaka, a long-time SF fan and devoted attendee of SF events in Japan, has just published his next article on Japanese science fiction, this time covering the winners of the 2008 Seiun Awards in Japan for best novel, best short story and best "Other media." <more>
This review by renowned scholar Robert M. Price takes a fresh look at Masaharu Anesaki's work from the viewpoint of Christianity, discovering illuminating differences in religious perception, and outlining the author's emphasis that the art of a religion is the surest path to a better understanding.
"This fascinating and beautiful book from a century ago conveys to us a new world viewed through the eager eyes of a pilgrim to the West. Like star-gazers who know the light we see has taken centuries or millennia to reach our eyes, we wonder, as we read, how much of this world should still be available to our own senses should we embark on the journey taken by diarist/essayist Masaharu Anesaki so "long" ago."Read the complete review
Work began on volume 2 of this well-received series even before Speculative Japan volume 1 was printed, and finally we've gone public! We plan fourteen stories of various lengths, covering a wide range of science fiction, fantasy and, well, other, to try to give a better glimpse of the diversity of Japanese speculative literature.
We are in contact negotiations with authors now, and will be adding stories to the list as we get those contact signed. Check by every so often for an update. < More >
Reviewer Jon L. Breen briefly described the eighteen works included, referring to Rampo as a "...twentieth-century giant" in the mystery field and stressing the enormous influence of Edgar Allan Poe on Rampo's thinking and work.