Takayuki Tatsumi, Ph.D. (born in 1955), literary critic and professor of American literature and Literary Theory at Keio University (Tokyo, Japan), is the author of Cyberpunk America (Tokyo: Keiso Publishers, 1988; the 1988 Japan-US Friendship Commission’s American Studies Book Prize) and the co-editor of the Japanese Science Fiction issue of Science-Fiction Studies (29.3, November 2002). 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 Award (SFWJ) in 2001 with Japanese SF Controversies:1957-1997 (Tokyo: Keiso Publishers, 2000). Having published a variety of essays in SF Eye, Extrapolation, Para*Doxa, American Book Review, Mechademia, PMLA and elsewhere, he published Full Metal Apache: Transactions between Cyberpunk Japan and Avant-Pop America (Durham: Duke UP, 2006; the 2010 IAFA Distinguished Scholarship Award). He also co-edited (with Christopher Bolton and Istvan Csicsery-Ronay) Robot Ghosts, Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime(Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2007).
Programming for Takayuki Tatsumi
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The Conversation: SF, Fantasy, and the Past and Future of Genre
For Charles Brown, science fiction and fantasy were part of a vast and far-reaching conversation stretching back more than a century, spanning genre, theme, technique and more, engaging readers, writers, and critics. Our panelists provide their perspective on the conversation, where it's taken them and where it might be taking all of us.
Seiun Awards: An Introduction to Japanese Science Fiction
This panel will give you an update on whatâ€™s going on in the various fields of Japanese science fiction: novels, films, and fanacs. What is more, the panelists will carry out the Seiun Awards Ceremony in order to celebrate the winners of the 2009 and 2010 Seiun Awards, the Japanese equivalent of Hugo established in 1970.
Appreciating Nature in Fiction and Non-fiction
Science fiction can often treat nature, even an intriguing alien environment, in a very sterile manner. By contrast, both fantasy and nature writing often celebrate nature and make the reader want to run outside and explore. How can writers use the language of nature writing to help bring alien countrysides to life? What are some of the good and bad examples of writing about the great outdoors in science fiction, fantasy and nature narratives?
Science fiction is a well-established literary field in Japan, with an energetic fandom that hosted the 2007 Worldcon. Yet, Japanese SF is not much read in North America. How has Japanese SF developed over the past forty years? How does it address both traditional Japanese literature and Western ideas, as well as current cultural and literary developments?
Cross-Cultural Influences in SF
How are cross-cultural inflences manifested in Science Fiction? We look at the impact of both modern and ancient cultures on on SF. How, say, has American SF been affected by Japan? What are the trans-Atlantic influences in play? We expect a wide-ranging discussion.
J-Music - Music in Anime
The music in most anime is of a high quality, due to the size and influence of anime in Japan. What do you like? What do you hate?
Whatever Happened to Cyberpunk? (Oh Wait, it is Still with Us...)
Starting with the early works of William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, and others, Cyberpunk was a major influence within SF in the 1980s and into the 90s. Where is Cyberpunk today? What do we see when we look beyond the convention North American view and past the confines of the strictly written word?