Shinichi Hoshi

Shinichi Hoshi (星 新一 Hoshi Shin'ichi, September 6, 1926 – December 30, 1997) was a Japanese novelist and science fiction writer best known for his "short-short" science fiction stories, often no more than three or four pages in length, of which he wrote over 1000. He also wrote mysteries and won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Mōsō Ginkō (Delusion Bank) in 1968.

One of his short stories, "Bokko-chan" ("Miss Bokko"), was translated into English and published in Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in June 1963. His books translated into English include There Was a Knock, a collection of 15 stories, and The Spiteful Planet and Other Stories.

His friend Osamu Tezuka used his name for a character in Amazing 3, a manga and anime series which Tezuka produced in 1967.

His grandmother on his mother's side, Kimiko Koganei, was the sister of Mori Ōgai.

Shinichi Hoshi
Hoshi Shinichi
BornSeptember 6, 1926
DiedDecember 30, 1997 (aged 71)
Other names星 新一
Occupationnovelist and science fiction writer


  • Miss Bokko (Bokko-chan), Shinchosha Publishing Co. Ltd., 1963.
  • The Spiteful Planet and Other Stories, Japan Times, 1978.
  • There Was a Knock, Kodansha, 1984. ISBN 4-06-186003-8
  • The Capricious Robot, Kodansha International, 1986. ISBN 4-7700-2212-3
  • The Bag of Surprises, Kodansha International, 1989. ISBN 4-7700-2229-8
  • The Whimsical Robot (Kimagure Robotto), Kadokawa Shoten
  • Aesop Fables for the Future (Mirai Issoppu), Shinchosha Publishing Co. Ltd.
  • Heaven with a Demon (Akuma no iru Tengoku), Shinchosha Publishing Co. Ltd.
  • Inconsistent Parts (Chiguhaguna Buhin), Shinchosha Publishing Co. Ltd.
  • Welcome, Earth! (Yokoso Chikyu-san) Shinchosha Publishing Co. Ltd.
  • Meddlesome Gods (Osekkaina Kamigami), Shinchosha Publishing Co. Ltd.
  • The Ending You Wished For (Onozomino Ketsumatsu), Shinchosha Publishing Co. Ltd.
  • Bonbons and Nightmares (Bonbon to Akumu), Shinchosha Publishing Co. Ltd.
  • Greetings from Outer Space (Uchu no Aisatsu), Shinchosha Publishing Co. Ltd.
  • The Other Side of the Swing (Buranko no Mukode), Shinchosha Publishing Co. Ltd.
  • The Modern Adventures of Baron Munchausen (Hora Danshaku Gendai no Boken)
  • The Fairy Distributing Company (Yosei Haikyu Gaisha)
  • My Nation (Mai Kokka)
  • A Handful of Future (Hitonigiri no Mirai)

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1926 in Japan

Events in the year 1926 in Japan. In the history of Japan, it marks the final year of the Taishō period, Taishō 15 (大正15年), upon the death of Emperor Taishō on December 25, and the beginning of the Shōwa period, Shōwa 1, (昭和元年), upon the accession of his son Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito). In the Japanese calendar Shōwa 1 was just six days long, prior to January 1 Showa 2 (1927, 昭和2年).

December 30

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Hiroshi Sano

Ichiro Maruyama (22 May 1928 – 27 April 2013), who wrote under the pen name Hiroshi Sano, was a Japanese mystery writer and critic.


Hoshi (星) is a Japanese word which means star. It is also a surname. Hoshi (干し or 乾し) is an unrelated word meaning "dried." Hoshi (保志) is a Japanese surname with a similar pronunciation.

Hōshi (法師) is unrelated to the preceding words, and pronounced differently. It is a technical term in Buddhism (see below). Many additional words in Japanese have the same pronunciation as it.

People with the surname Hoshi:

Hamuko Hoshi (星), Japanese professional wrestler

Sumo yokozuna Hokutoumi Nobuyoshi, born Hoshi (保志) Nobuyoshi

Mizue Hoshi (星 瑞枝, born 1985), Japanese alpine skier

Shinichi Hoshi (星), Japanese novelist and science fiction writer

Sōichirō Hoshi (保志), Japanese voice actor and singer

Tomoya Hoshi (星 知弥, born 1994), Japanese baseball playerPeople with the mononym Hoshi

Hoshi, real name Mathilde Gerner, French singer

Hoshi, a member of Seventeen.

Japanese science fiction

Science fiction is an important subgenre of modern Japanese literature that has strongly influenced aspects of contemporary Japanese pop culture, including anime, manga, video games, tokusatsu, and cinema.

Kimagure Robot

Kimagure Robot (きまぐれロボット) is a series of ten 2-minute shorts that were sponsored by Yahoo! as a free promotion for Yahoo! Japan. The episodes were broadcast in 2004 and most shorts were directed by a different Studio 4°C director. Plot-lines were all developed by science fiction writer, Shinichi Hoshi - renowned for having created more than a thousand shorts and known in Japan as the "God of Short Shorts." Because Hoshi was renowned for being protective of the integrity of his works during his lifetime, the idea of releasing the series as a webcast was only proposed after Hoshi had died in the late 1990s.All ten episodes are characterized by a futuristic science-fiction setting in which an eccentric scientist with a genius for invention works to create a host of robots each designed to help humans in a different but very particular and often counter intuitive manner. As the robots interact with their human masters and their surroundings in pre-programmed ways unanticipated problems arise and provide for a variety of comedic situations.

Kyoka Shibata

Kyoka Shibata (柴田 杏花, Shibata Kyōka, born 30 August 1999, in Tokyo) is a Japanese actress.

Shibata is represented with Stardust Promotion's Section Two. She is chosen as one of the Ribon Girls in 2009.

Maiko (actress)

Maiko (マイコ, born March 15, 1985, in Seattle, United States) is a Japanese-American actress who is represented by the talent agency GR Promotion.

Makoto Wada

Makoto Wada (和田誠, Wada Makoto, born April 10, 1936) is a Japanese illustrator, essayist and film director.

After graduating Tama Art University, he established himself as a graphic designer. As an illustrator, he drew many cartoons and caricatures for Shinichi Hoshi and Haruki Murakami.

Being a passionate film fan, he started his career as a film director in 1984. He won the award for best director at the 31st Blue Ribbon Awards for Kaitō Ruby.Since 1972, Wada has been married to Remi Hirano, the granddaughter of Henry Pike Bowie. Their son, Sho Wada, is the guitarist and vocalist of Triceratops.

Mohiro Kitoh

Mohiro Kitoh (鬼頭 莫宏, Kitō Mohiro, born August 8, 1966) is a Japanese manga artist. He created the manga Shadow Star and Bokurano: Ours, both of which were adapted into anime series.

Motoko Arai

Motoko Arai (新井素子, born August 8, 1960 in Nerima, Tokyo) is an award winning Japanese science fiction and fantasy writer. Her writing is characterized by her use of a light conversational tone geared towards a young adult audience. She has published three series of novels and several short stories. Her works, Green Requiem and Neptune, received the Seiun Award for short story in 1981 and 1982.

Mystery Writers of Japan Award

The Mystery Writers of Japan Awards (日本推理作家協会賞, Nihon Suiri Sakka Kyōkai Shō) are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of Japan. They honor the best in crime fiction and critical/biographical work published in the previous year.

Nihon SF Taisho Award

The Nihon SF Taishō Award (日本SF大賞, Nihon Esu Efu Taishō, lit. "Japan SF Grand Prize") is a Japanese science fiction award. It has been compared to the Nebula Award as it is given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan or SFWJ. The Grand Prize is selected from not only Science Fiction novels, but also various SF movies, animations, and manga.

Special Awards (特別賞, Tokubetsushō) are awarded to the works that is considered to be special by the juries. Since 2011, Special Services Award (特別功労賞, Tokubetsu kōrōshō) or Award of Merit (功績賞, Kōsekishō) is presented to the deceased person.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan, or SFWJ (Japanese official name: 日本SF作家クラブ, Nihon SF Sakka Club) is an organization of SF-related people, professional or semi-professional. It was formerly a friendship organization, but it is a general incorporated association since August 24, 2017.


Shin'ichi or Shinichi is a very common masculine Japanese given name. Shin and ichi are separated and it is pronounced [ɕiɴitɕi].

The Amazing 3

The Amazing 3, known in Japan as W3 or Wonder 3 (ワンダー3, Wandā Surī), is a Japanese manga and a black and white anime series created by Osamu Tezuka in the 1960s. It involves the adventures of three agents from outer space who are sent to Earth to determine whether the planet, a potential threat to the universe, should be destroyed.

The series was first released in manga print format in Japan in 1965, and then spawned a Japanese anime television version, with different stories. This version was then dubbed in English and released in the United States, with a different theme song, as well as different closing and opening elements. The American version was also aired in Australia in 1969, and in Spanish-speaking countries as Los tres espaciales. The Japanese anime version was first released on DVD in 2002, and then a full 10-DVD set in 2005.

The series tackles a number of issues which were unusual in animated cartoons of that period: in particular, ecological concerns and poverty.

Toshihiro Yashiba

Toshihiro Yashiba (矢柴 俊博, Yashiba Toshihiro, born October 2, 1971, in Sōka, Saitama Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese actor represented by JFCT.

Twenty Houses of the Zodiac

Twenty Houses of the Zodiac (1979) was an English-language anthology of twenty selected international science fiction short stories for the 37th World Science Fiction Convention (or Worldcon). It was edited by Maxim Jakubowski and published by New English Library. It contained stories from an international selection of authors, some who had never had their work translated into English before. Most of the works are unique to the collection and were never previously printed or later reprinted.

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