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The Best Japanese Science Fiction Stories

(1989)
An anthology of stories edited by

 
 
School Library Journal
YA-- A compilation of 13 symbolic, psychologically based stories written by 10 of the most talented Japanese science fiction writers, including Shinichi Hoshi, Ryo Hanmura, and Sakyo Komatsu. ''The Savage Mouth'' by Komatsu is a horrific tale that describes the insane side of a man who is overly intellectual and who tries to know his unexplicable self by eating his body. ''Standing Woman'' by Yasutaka Tsutsui is a political/social statement involving a society in which those who speak out are punished by being slowly turned into manpillars or decorative plants. This well written, engaging science fiction collection, flooded with strange imagination and striking plots, and inspired by the fearsome uneasy future, is a book that should grab the imagination of young adult sci-fi enthusiasts.-- Hien Duc Nguyen, Port Arthur Schools, Tex.

Foreword by Grania Davis
Introduction by John L Apostolou
"The Flood (Kozui)" (N/A) by Kobo Abe (7 pages)
"Cardboard Box" (1974) by Ryo Hammura (12 pages)
"Tansu" (1983) by Ryo Hammura (7 pages)
"Bokko-chan" (1963) by Shinichi Hoshi (5 pages)
"He-y, Come on Ou-t!" (1978) by Shinichi Hoshi (6 pages)
"The Road to the Sea" (1981) by Takashi Ishikawa (4 pages)
"The Empty Field" (1973) by Morio Kita (12 pages)
"The Savage Mouth" (1979) by Sakyo Komatsu (11 pages)
"Take Your Choice" (1987) by Sakyo Komatsu (19 pages)
"Triceratops" (1982) by Tensei Kono (17 pages)
"Fnifmum" (1989) by Taku Mayumura (9 pages)
"Standing Woman" (1974) by Yasutaka Tsutsui (14 pages)
"The Legend of the Paper Spaceship" (1986) by Tetsu Yano (31 pages)

At the end of the book is a brief "Reading List of Japanese Science Fictionin English."



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