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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Kurodahan Press (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4902075059
  • ISBN-13: 978-4902075052
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,364,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fujisaki Shingo was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1962, and currently lives in Saitama prefecture with his wife, son and one Russian tortoise. Received an MS in Marine-Estuarine Environmental Science from the University of Maryland College Park. While working as a science magazine editor, reporter and video producer, he took up writing, publishing Crystal Silence (his debut work) through Asahi Sonorama in 1999. Crystal Silence was acclaimed by the Japanese SF community, earning the Best SF Novel of 1999 designation in the annual Hawakawa's SF Magazine ratings. He is currently a freelance author working on fiction novels, and a variety of science articles and other non-fiction works.

The first real SF he read was the Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov, recommended to him by his father when he was in middle school, and from there he gradually moved on to Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut and other less "hard-core" SF works. Colin Wilson's criticism (and his novels) strongly influenced him when he was a high-school and undergraduate student, convincing him to read a wide range of works by foreign authors outside the SF genre and driving him to the conclusion that no author has yet surpassed Dostoyevsky. At one point his appreciation of poetry by masters including Rimbaud, Rilke and TS Eliot led him to want to become a poet, but the discovery that rhyme and meter were not as easy as they seemed convinced him to abandon that goal.

Following Crystal Silence, he applied the knowledge gained through his work in scientific journals and his own university studies to pen two SF novels featuring marine settings, and collaborated on a deep-sea non-fiction book for general audiences, in the process riding Japan's Shinkai 6500 exploration submersible to an underwater caldera some 1500 meters down. He has also written works set in a near-future world where biotechnology reigns supreme, and a mystery incorporating state-of-the-art neuroscience. In July 2012 his kaiki strange-story novel will be published, based on motifs from groundbreaking Japanese folklorist Yanagita Kunio.

In the near future he intends to write another novel set in the sea, as well as try his hand at entirely new genres such as historicals.

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This is the last book in my trove of from Kurodahan; it’s also the densest of the bounty, which includes the Japanese novels Aphrodite and Administrator, the Japanese collections Speculative Japan 1 and 2, as well as the Serbian themed-collection The Library. The last book of the speculative bunch—Crystal Silence—can also be described as hard science fiction, which is a delineation from much of Japanese science fiction that tends to teem with sub-dermal layers of pulsing culture or warm analogy; on one finger, I can name the one story what deviates from the norm: Koshu Tani’s “Q-Cruiser Basilisk” (1984). Crystal Silence feels as straight forward as many western science fictions of similar ilk: heavy on the science content with a number of token stereotypes to round it out.

Crystal Silence seems to be Fujisaki’s first Japanese publications in fiction, be it of short or long work. The novel is also the only translated work written by the author.

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