Taku Mayumura

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Taku Mayumura (眉村 卓 Mayumura Taku, 20 October 1934 - ) is a Japanese science fiction writer who won the Seiun Award for Novel twice. In 2004 his Shiseikan (司政官, one story of the Shiseikan series), written in 1974, was translated into English.[1]. Mayumura is also a Juvenile Fiction writer whose works have been adapted into TV Drama, Cinema film, and Anime.

Biography[edit]

Mayumura was born as Murakami Takuji (村上 卓児), at Osaka city, Osaka prefecture in 1934. He graduated from Osaka University in 1957 with a degree in economics. After graduation, he joined a company. While working at this company, he wrote short novels and submitted them to contests in commercial literary magazines.

In 1960, he joined the staff of the SF fanzine Uchuujin. In 1961, he won the Best Story prize in the 1st Kuusou-Kagaku Shousetsu Contest (later the Hayakawa SF Contest) for his novella Kakyuu Idea-Man and made debut in the S-F Magazine by this work.

In 1963, he retired from the company and started working as an independent novelist. Mayumura's first book, the SF novel Moeru Keisha, was published by Touto Shobo in the same year. In 1979, he won the seventh Izumi Kyōka Prize for Literature (JA) and the Seiun Award for his long novel Shoumetsu no Kourin, which is the representative work in his Shiseikan series. In 1996, he won his second Seiun Award for another entry in the Shiseikan series, his long novel Hikishio no Toki.

As a literary theorist, he advocated the Insider Bungaku-ron (Theory of Literature by Insiders).[1] Consistent with this theme, his novels frequently tackle the issues of problematic relations between individuals and the corporate or bureaucratic organizations to which they belong.

Mayumura is also a well-known Juvenile Fiction writer. His representative works in this field are Nazo no Tenkousei and Nerawareta Gakuen etc. These works were adapted into TV Drama series by NHK, and adapted into Cinema too. Other juvenile fictions by Mayumura were adapted into the anime Toki no Tabibito.

In 2002, his wife died of cancer. Mayumura had been writing a very short story every day for his wife, who was in the hospital bedridden since the cancer had been diagnosed. When his stories, which were written each day and numbered, reached to 1778, his wife died. These stories were compiled and published. The film Boku to Tsuma no 1778 no Monogatari, based on this true story, was filmed in 2009 and released in 2011.

As of 2011, Mayumura is a professor of the Graduate School of Osaka University of Arts.

Works in English translation[edit]

  • Administrator (Kurodahan Press, 2004)[2]
  • "Fnifmum" (The Best Japanese Science Fiction Stories, Dembner Books, 1989 / Barricade Books, 1997)
  • "I'll Get Rid of Your Discontent" (Speculative Japan, Kurodahan Press, 2007)[3]

Works[edit]

Novels[edit]

Sci-fi and speculative works[edit]

  • Moeru Keisha (燃える傾斜) 1963, Touto Shobou
  • Gen'ei no Kousei (幻影の構成) 1966, Hayakawa Shobou
  • EXPO' 87 (EXPO' 87) 1968, Hayakawa Shobou
  • Wa ga Sexoid (わがセクソイド) 1969, Rippu Shobou
  • Techunit (テキュニット) 1969, San'ichi Shobou
  • Jun B-kyu Shimin (準B級市民) 1966, Hayakawa Shobou, Series SF de Hayakawa
  • Bankokuhaku ga Yattekuru (万国博がやってくる) 1968, Hayakawa Shobou, Series SF de Hayakawa
  • Niji wa Kieta (虹は消えた) 1969, Hayakwa Shobou, Series SF de Hayakawa
  • Toki no Odysseus (時のオデュセウス) 1971, Hayakwa Shobou, Series SF de Hayakawa
  • C-seki no Kyaku (C席の客) 1971, Nihon Keizai Shinbunsha, 1973, Kadokawa Bunko
  • Karera no naka no Umi (かれらの中の海) 1973, Hayakawa Shobou
  • Salon wa Owatta (サロンは終わった) 1974, Hayakawa Bunko JA
  • Nagori no Yuki (名残の雪)
  • Kimyouna Tsuma (奇妙な妻) 1978, Kadokawa Bunko
  • Futeiki Esper (不定期エスパー)
  • Ano Shinju-iro no Asa wo (あの真珠色の朝を…)
  • Kiga Rettou (飢餓列島) 1974, Hayakawa Shobou, collaboration with Masami Fukushima
  • Nubatama no... (ぬばたまの…) 1978, Koudansha
  • Ikyou Henge (異郷変化) 1976, Kadokawa Bunko
Shiseikan series (司政官シリーズ)[edit]

The Shiseikan (Administrator) series is summarized as follows: In the distant future, the humans of Earth constitute the Terrestrial Federation; the Terrestrial humans have spread far across outer space and colonized numerous planets and solar systems. The Federation established local governments on those planets to establish law and order among the human settlers, and to mediate between Terrestrials and the sapient aliens who had been originally born, evolved and lived on certain of these planets before the settlers arrived. In the early period, the planets had been ruled by Federation-aligned military juntas; however, the Federation has begun to recall the military administrations and send civilian administrators to govern on their behalf. The troubles faced by these administrators constitute the stories of Shiseikan.

  • Shiseikan (司政官}, Administrators) Hayakawa Shobou
  • Nagai Akatsuki (長い暁) Hayakawa Shobou
  • Shoumesu no Kourin (消滅の光輪) 1979, Hayakawa Shobou, Seiun Award 1979
  • Hikishio no Toki (引き潮のとき) 1996, Hayakawa Shobou, Seiun Award 1996

Juvenile[edit]

  • Nazo no Tenkousei (なぞの転校生) 1972, 2004
  • Neraweareta Gakuen (ねらわれた学園) 1976, 2003
  • Maboroshi no Pen Friend (まぼろしのペンフレンド) 1970, 2006
  • Nejireta Machi (ねじれた町) 1974, 2005
  • Tsukurareta Asu (つくられた明日)
  • Tensai wa Tsukurareru (天才はつくられる)
  • Jigoku no Sainou (地獄の才能)
  • Tozasareta Jikanwari (閉ざされた時間割)
  • Shiroi Futoushiki (白い不等式)
  • Naitara Shi ga Kuru (泣いたら死がくる)
  • Toki no Tabibito (時空の旅人) (Original title: * Toraerareta School Bus (とらえられたスクールバス))
  • Shiirareta Henshin (強いられた変身)
  • Sangyou Shikan Kouhosei (産業士官候補生)

Historical story[edit]

  • Cartago no Unmei (カルタゴの運命)

Others and uncertain[edit]

  • Nijuu-Yo Jikan no Sinnyuusha (二十四時間の侵入者)
  • Chikyuu e no Tooi Michi (地球への遠い道)
  • Omoiagari no Natsu (思いあがりの夏)
  • Shin'ya Housou no Happening (深夜放送のハプニング)
  • Yuuyake no Kaiten Mokuba (夕焼けの回転木馬)
  • Waru-nori Ryokou (ワルのり旅行)
  • Katamuita Chiheisen (傾いた地平線)
  • Toorisugita Yatsu (通りすぎた奴)
  • Oshaberi Meiro (おしゃべり迷路)
  • Mooretsu Kyoushi (モーレツ教師)
  • Gekkou no Sasu Basho (月光のさす場所)
  • Meikyuu Monogatari (迷宮物語)
  • Henna Otoko (変な男)(1978年)角川文庫
  • Bokutachi no Pocket (ぼくたちのポケット)
  • Wonder Tearoom (ワンダーティールーム)
  • Shiroi Kobako (白い小箱)
  • Sorezore no Mgarikado (それぞれの曲がり角)
  • Pocket no ABC (ポケットのABC)
  • Pocket no XYZ (ポケットのXYZ)
  • Futsuu no Kazoku (ふつうの家族)
  • Niji no Uragawa (虹の裏側)
etc.

Essays[edit]

  • Giyaman to Kikai (ぎやまんと機械) 1977, PHP Kenkyusho
  • Tsuma ni Sasageta 1778-wa (妻に捧げた1778話)

Works adapted into TV drama[edit]

  • Maboroshi no Pen Friend (まぼろしのペンフレンド) 1974, 2001
  • Nazo no Tenkousei (なぞの転校生) 1975
  • Nerawareta Gakuen (ねらわれた学園) 1977, 1982, 1987, 1997
  • Jigoku no Sainou (地獄の才能) 1977
  • Nagori no Yuki (名残の雪) 1977, 1994

Works adapted into cinema film[edit]

  • Nerawareta Gakuen (ねらわれた学園) 1981 (Director: (大林宣彦)), 1997 (Director: (清水厚))
  • Nazo no Tenkousei (なぞの転校生) 1998 (Director: (小中和哉))
  • Boku to Tsuma no 1778 no Monogatari (僕と妻の1778の物語) based on his life episode and short stories.

Works adapted into anime film[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mayumura considered that literature was traditionally created by, and written from the viewpoint of, artists who stood outside of the common society; in contrast, his literary theories insisted on the necessity of the "insider", of literature written from the common man's point of view.
  2. ^ Administrator | Kurodahan Press
  3. ^ Speculative Japan | Kurodahan Press

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