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The Best Japanese Science Fiction Stories

The Best Japanese Science Fiction Stories

anthology

Edited by Martin H. Greenberg & John L. Apostolou

Published: Dembner Books - hardback - 1989
ISBN: 0942637062 / 9780942637069


Contents ( Each story’s title page includes a credit for the translator of that story )

± Foreword - essay by Grania Davis ( 1989 )
Introduction - ( The Best Japanese Science Fiction Stories ) - essay by John L.Apostolou ( 1989 )
The Flood - short story by Kobo Abe ( aka Kozui 1989 ) ( trans. by Lane Dunlop )
Cardboard Box - short story by Ryo Hammura ( 1974 ) ( trans. by Dana Lewis )
Tansu - short story by Ryo Hammura ( 1983 ) ( trans. by Hitomi Shimazu, Grania Davis, Stephen Davis & Joel Dames )
Bokko-Chan - short story by Shinichi Hoshi ( aka Bokko-Chan 1963 ) ( trans. by Noriyoshi Saito )
He—y, Come on Ou—t! - short story by Shinichi Hoshi ( 1978 ) ( trans. by Stanleigh Jones )
The Road to the Sea - short story by Takashi Ishikawa ( 1981 ) ( trans. by Judith Merill & Tetsu Yano )
The Empty Field - short story by Morio Kita ( 1973 ) ( trans.by Kinya Tsuruta & Judith Merril )
The Savage Mouth - short story by Sakyo Komatsu ( aka Kyōbō-na Kuchi ( 凶暴な口 ) 1969 ) ( trans. by Judith Merril )
Take Your Choice - short story by Sakyo Komatsu ( aka O-erabi Kudasai ( おえらびください ) 1967 ) ( trans. by Shiro Tamura & Grania Davis )
Triceratops - short story by Tensei Kono ( aka トライーセラトプス 1974 ) ( trans. by David Lewis )
Fnifmum - short story by Taku Mayumura ( Mayumura Taku ) ( 1989 ) ( translated by Katsumi Shindo & Grania Davis )
Standing Woman - novelette by Yasutaka Tsutsui ( aka Tatazumi Hito 1974 ) ( trans. by Davd Lewis )
The Legend of the Paper Spaceship - novelette by Tetsu Yano ( excerpt / start of Origami Uchuusen no Dentetsu 1978 ) ( trans. by Tomoko Oshiro & Gene van Troyer )
Reading List of Japanese Science Fiction in English - essay by John L.Apostolou and Martin H.Greenberg ( 1989 )

± It seems from Grania Davis’ foreword that she and Judith Merril worked with authors and translators in 1979 and 1980 to create a collection of stories. Once completed they could not find a publisher willing to take on the work. In the late 1980s Martin Greenberg and John Apostolou were able to arrange publication. Thus it’s a little odd that the formal editor’s credits are Apostolou and Greenberg.

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