Over at the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, I write up the remarkable authorial career of Hiroshi Yamamoto, who started out as an elf-girl called Deedlit.
“In any other country’s sf community, an author like Yamamoto might have been the darling of the convention circuit for decades, and a regular sight at awards ceremonies. But in Japan, where his prolixity and varied output is notable but unremarkable, Yamamoto had to wait until Kyōnen wa Ii-nen ni Naru Darō [“Last Year Should be a Good Year”] (2010) to receive a Seiun Award for long-form fiction. Intimately involved in the post-911 zeitgeist, it imagines a world, but more pointedly an America, invaded by androids from the 24th century, determined to stop contemporary conflicts and terrorism as part of an operation in a much wider-ranging Changewar, the precise aims and consequences of which are hidden from inhabitants of the present day.”
Over at the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, I contribute entries on the East Asian anthology films inspired by the controversial Ten Years (Hong Kong). Click on the links to find out about a dozen local film-makers’ takes on what the future could be like in Ten Years Japan, Ten Years Taiwan, and Ten Years Thailand.
Over at the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, I write major new entries on some of the big hitters of anime and manga, including Rumiko Takahashi, the creator of Lum (pictured), Masamune Shirow, creator of Ghost in the Shell, and Tetsu Kariya, creator of Oishinbo. My Chinese and Japanese entries in the encyclopedia now amount to more than 160,000 words — that’s two book-length collections of articles.
Up now at the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, an entire nest of articles about the women who transformed manga in the 1970s, including large entries on Moto Hagio and Keiko Takemiya, and a general piece on their Year 24 Group. As an additional bonus, there’s also a piece on Sachiko Kashiwaba, the fantasist whose work was infamously proclaimed as an “inspiration” for Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.
Over at the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, I publish three new entries on prominent Japanese authors: Mariko Ohara, she of the maternal fascism and the pregnant vampires; Hiro Arikawa, best known for her paramilitary librarians; and Koshu Tani, author of the history of the AeroSpace Force.
A few more entries from me up online at the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, including one on the Japanese author Tomihiko Morimi, another on China’s Chen Jiatong, and a third on the 1930s Finnish film Our Boys in the Air.
A few more new entries by me now up on the online Encyclopedia of Science Fiction over the last six months, including a piece on the final, conspicuously near-future season of Parks and Recreation, as well as Chinese science fiction authors Tang Fei, Cheng Jingbo and Teng Ye. Treat yo’self.