Wow, what a great year for us fans, surely it'll be! Nozomi Omori has published his collection of essays, revealing his secrets of translating: an SF fans' dream comes true this summer, Hisashi Asakura will publish his collection of essays! And Ryohei Takahashi who's writing the history of SF publishing after the World War will join the panel. So all the secrets of SF translating will be revealed here.
The return of the masters of short stories panel this year targets on the Japanese writers. Last year we talked about the foreign masters who produced works with uniquely strange tastes and garnered a good reputation. So let's talk about the tradition of our domestic writers and histories of their reputations, influences from foreign writers, genre consciousness, and the current state of the publishing industry, etc. And again, the panelists select their own twenty best collections of those unique writers of their own. Watch out!
Short stories never maintain a significant role in genres other than SF anymore. We can find a lot of writers in our history who made their names with single masterpieces. And now the publication of story collections is blooming. So let's recall some infamous short stories and see the significance of their roles in SF. And it's a bilingual panel, to boot!
Who's Ubukata? No SF fan shouldn't recognize his name. But again there's nobody who realizes he started his career in his teens, won Nippon SF Taisho, wrote the scripts for comics and animation, and taught not only would-be writers but everybody to write novels in his how-to book! So let's hear him speak for himself.