Masami Fukushima

Masami Fukushima (福島 正実 Fukushima Masami, February 18, 1929, Sakhalin - April 9, 1976) was a Japanese science fiction editor, author, critic, and translator. As the first chief editor of SF Magazine, he helped popularize science fiction in Japan and became known as the "Demon of SF". His real name is Masami Katō (加藤 正実 Katō Masami). He also used the pen name: Kyō Katō (加藤 喬 Katō Kyō).


Born in Toyohara, Karafuto (now Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin), Fukushima was the son of a public official. His family moved to Manchuria after his father's transfer in 1934. In 1937 they moved to the mainland of Japan. Fukushima grew up in Yokohama.

He entered Nihon University in 1945 and transferred to Meiji University in 1950, where he majored in French literature. In 1954 he dropped out and began to study translation under Shunji Shimizu (清水俊二 Shimizu Shunji) and writing children's literature under Tatsuzo Nasu (那須辰造 Nasu Tatsuzō).

In 1956, Fukushima was invited to join Hayakawa Publishing Corporation (早川書房). The following year, he initiated the Hayakawa SF series and in 1959 founded SF Magazine and served as chief editor until he left the company in 1969. Hayakawa World SF Complete Collection was also planned by Fukushima.

He aimed to make SF more highbrow, and initially rejected space opera. To avoid being considered "childish literature", Fukushima adopted exclusively the paintings of Seikan Nakajima for the covers of SF Magazine and Hayakawa SF series. (see covers)

Beside his work in widening the Japanese SF genre, he translated many English SF authors, including Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Robert A. Heinlein, into Japanese and edited SF anthologies.

Fukushima died in 1976, aged 47. There is a prize for Juvenile SF in his memory.

Works in English translation

  • "The Flower's Life Is Short" (Speculative Japan, Kurodahan Press, 2007)[1]


  1. ^ Speculative Japan | Kurodahan Press

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Fukushima (surname)

Fukushima (written: 福島) is a Japanese surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Chisato Fukushima (福島 千里, born 1988), Japanese sprinter

Keido Fukushima, Japanese Rinzai Zen Master and abbot of Tōfuku-ji in Kyoto

Koji Fukushima, Japanese professional cyclist

Kazuo Fukushima, Japanese composer

Kunihiko Fukushima, inventor of the Neocognitron

Masami Fukushima, Japanese science fiction editor, translator and writer.

Fukushima Masanori, daimyō and lord of the Hiroshima during the Sengoku period

Haruka Fukushima, shōjo manga artist

Kikujiro Fukushima, Japanese photojournalist

Mizuho Fukushima, Japanese politician, chairperson of Social Democratic Party

Rila Fukushima, Japanese actress and model.

Satoshi Fukushima, actor

Shigeo Fukushima (born 1943), Japanese swimmer

Shinichi Fukushima, Japanese professional cyclist

Tadashi Fukushima, Japanese long-distance runner

Takanori Fukushima (福島 孝徳, born 1942), Japanese neurosurgeon

Fukushima Yasumasa, Japanese military leader

Yumiko Fukushima, former Japanese announcer, wife of Ichiro Suzuki

Yuki Fukushima (福島 由紀, born 1993), Japanese badminton player

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

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The film was released in Japan on March 21, 1974 and received a very limited theatrical release in the United States in early 1977 by Cinema Shares as Godzilla vs. The Bionic Monster. Early in its release, the film's title was changed to Godzilla vs. The Cosmic Monster.

Japanese science fiction

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List of series run in Shōnen Book

This list contains all of the series that have run in the monthly Shōnen manga magazine, Shōnen Book (少年ブック, Shōnen Bukku, lit. "Boy Book"). Shōnen Book was known for featuring many popular manga by many popular manga artists. Some found their way into the US in the 1970s, although the magazine remains little known there.

Manga titles with a shade of light green appeared in the last issue.


Matango (マタンゴ) is a 1963 Japanese horror film directed by Ishirō Honda. The film stars Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno and Kenji Sahara. It is partially based on William H. Hodgson's short story "The Voice in the Night" and is about a group of castaways on an island who are unwittingly altered by a local species of mutagenic mushrooms.

Matango was different from Honda's other films of the period as it explored darker themes and featured a more desolate look. Upon the film's release in Japan, it was nearly banned due to scenes that depicted characters resembling victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The film was released theatrically in the United Kingdom and directly to television in the United States in shortened forms. Retrospective reviews generally commented on how the film varied from Honda's other work, with its darker tone.

S-F Magazine

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan

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Shunji Shimizu

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Taku Mayumura

Taku Mayumura (眉村 卓 Mayumura Taku, 20 October 1934 - ) is a Japanese novelist, science fiction writer, haiku poet. He won the Seiun Award for Novel twice. In 2004 his Shiseikan (司政官, Administrator, one story of the "Shiseikan series"), written in 1974, was translated into English.[1]. Mayumura is also a young adult fiction writer whose works have been adapted into TV drama, film, and anime. Mayumura is a honorary member of the SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan).

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