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Crystal Silence Paperback – March 20, 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
A transnational distrust has been brewing on Mars since its initial colonization, but now that an ancient and biological artifact has been discovered in the ice mines of the north pole, tensions are at an all-time high and distrust is running deep. Saya Askai is a bio-archeologist in Japan, who studies the Jomon period of ancient Japan, yet is recruited to Mars to study the ancient organism. The relation is vague but she accepts while leaving her beau Keren beyond on Earth. Little does she know, Keren is actually a pawn—yet becoming a greater threat like a rook, queen, or knight—in a bigger scheme dictated by Wild West, which is a weapons manufacture with an interest in keeping humans—on Earth and on Mars—in a perpetual state of warfare.Read more ›