Dead Channel JP

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.

Neuromancer —— William Gibson

— About US

Dead Channel JP = the Sci-Fi writers association in Chiba City

About Our People

Dead Channel JP is an association of professional Sci-Fi writers who have relationships with Chiba City. Sci-fi writers may qualify for membership in any of the following ways.

  • Born in Chiba City.
  • Living or having lived in Chiba City.
  • Working or attending school / having worked or attended school in Chiba City.

Purpose

  • Helping each other as authors in one little city.
  • Promoting both locally and globally to make their activities recognizable.
  • Playing an important role in the Sci-Fi culture in Chiba City.

Why we quote from "Neuromancer"?

One of the most famous lines of Sience Fiction describes the sky of Chiba City!

— Members

Muneo Ishikawa

Muneo Ishikawa石川宗生

Bio

Muneo Ishikawa is a Sci-Fi writer, a travel skecther, and a translator. Born in Chiba at Novermber 11th, 1984. Studied astrophysics at Ohio Wesleyan University. After the graduation, started his career as a English to Japanese translator. Remarkables translations are “INSIDE FERRARI” and “Memory Power: You Can Develop A Great Memory--America's Grand Master Shows You How”.

Besides working as a translator, he has traveled all over the world for 4 years. Studied French in Marocco for 3 months and Spanish in Mexico and Guatemala for a year, as a result, he devoted himself to Hispanoamérica literature.

In 2016, he won the 7th Sogen SF Short Story Contest with “19329 Daisuke Yoshida” and made his debut as a writer. Published his first book “Cloven World”in 2018. Now writing travel sketch of Central Asia and Eastern Europe at Web Mysteries of Sogensha. Also writing Sci-Fi flash ficstion at Shousetsu Subaru.

He likes fantasy, Sci-Fi, and kafkaesque. He is also a fan of writers like Kurt Vonnegut, Juan Rulfo, Richard Brautigan and so on.

List of Works

  • “Cloven World”(半分世界), 2018 Tokyo Sogensha, finalist of the 39th Japan SF Grand Prize
  • “White and Black Darby”(白黒ダービー小史) 2017 Tokyo Sogensha, finalist of the 49th Seiun Award Short Story Section
  • “19329 Daisuke Yoshida”(吉田同名) 2016 Tokyo Sogensha, won the 7th Sogen SF Short Story Award, nominee of the 48th Seiun Award

Selected Reviews

Recalled Italo Calvino, Steven Millhauser, Seth Fried and variaous wirters, Muneo Ishikawa's works are unique at the way of showing impossible situations and resolving them in a Copernican revolution. Now I know the charm of reading his works. Looking forward for his next work.

Dempow Torishima

Ladies and gentlemen, please be prepared to take off your hat.

Hirotaka Tobi

Unfortunately genius. Surprising skills. Sentences are overwhelmming as a new comer, metaphors break your stereotypes. His theses seems like a fish story accidentally born in conversations, but it goes far as it grows like an egg breaks it's own shell. It's not neither a boring moral nor a sob story, but it displays a landscape outside of laughing, which you have never seen.

Toe EnJoe

Am Nagra

Am Nagra名倉編

Bio

Am Nagra is a writer good at metafications including Sci-Fi and Mystery. Born in Kyoto at July 23rd, 1989. Living in Chiba City. Studied physics at Tokyo Metropolitan University. He likes wordplay appearing in his pen name, which is an anagram of "anagram".

He participated Genron Ohomori Nozomi Sci-Fi Workshop in 2016 and wrote novelettes every month. After graduation, he won the 58th Mephisto Award. Hits first book "Alternative Sekaikei" is a conjunction of Sekaikei and Naroukei which are 2 major type in Japanese fictions. It evokes philosophical questions about relationships and ethics between authors and characters.

List of Works

  • "Alternative Sekaikei"(異セカイ系), 2018 Kodansha, won the 58th Mephisto Award

Selected Reviews

A question about charaters is a question about love, and also a novel about characters is a philosophical thought experiment about love. Inheriting Motoko Arai's "...Speechless"(…絶句), Nagura updates it in this internet environment. This is a new born masterpiece of philosophical characters' novels. Narrative parts written in Kansai dialect are also good!

Hiroki Azuma

How "Harlem End" can be acceptable? "Alternative Sekaikei" renovates Sekaikei to Naroukei, mix the New Orthodox School Detective Novels, and extends the connections between every possible worlds. This is a strongest wide-screen metafication! The narrator is a very good man to make my tears drop.

Nozomi Ohmori(A Sci-Fi Anthologist)

Satoshi Ogawa

Satoshi Ogawa小川哲

Bio

Satoshi Ogawa is a Japanese fiction writer. Born in Chiba City at December 25th, 1986. Grown up in "Danchi" which is a modern condominium build at Japan's high economic growth era, he read all of Hayakawa Sci-Fi paperbacks in his father's bookshelf, who was a typical book warm. He entered Makuhari Senior and Junior High School and then entered the University of Tokyo like tracing the ideal student's career in Chiba. At first, he studied science but changed his major subject to literature. He studied Kenji Nakagami who was a representative writer in Japanese 1990's. In his doctor courses of College of Art and Science, he studied about Alan Mathieson Turing. He likes online games like "Fortnite" but never use SNS.

Studying at the university in 2015, he won the 3rd Hayakawa Sci-Fi Contest with "This side of Eutronica" and made his debut as a writer. His 2nd book "Game Kingdom" won the 38th Japan Sci-Fi Award Grandprix and the 31st Yamamoto Shugoro Award. As a result of this quick success, he is receiving a lot of attentions. In spite of issuing 2 Sci-Fi books from his debut and recognizing himself as a Sci-Fi writer, people thinks his target will be over wrapping across multiple genres. His recent work "the Map and the Fist"(地図と拳) is apparently a history drama which draws Manchuria before WWⅡ leaving echo of Michel Houellebecq's "La carte et la territoire" in the title.

List of Works

  • "This side of Eutronica"(ユートロニカのこちら側), 2015 Hayakawa Books, won the 3rd Hayakawa Sci-Fi Contest
  • "Game Kingdom"(ゲームの王国), 2017 Hayakawa Books, won the 38th Japan Sci-Fi Award Grandprix and the 31st Yamamoto Shugoro Award
  • “the Last Bad Boy”(最後の不良), 2017 CCC Media House, Collected in “Sci-Fi Best Collection of This Year: Project Sharlock”, 2018 Tokyo Sogensha
  • “the Magician”(魔術師), 2018 Hayakawa Books, Collected in “Best Short Stories Collection of Today's Novels 2019” Tokuma Shoten

Selected Reviews

I was surprised by this extremely talented new comer and finally felt like "Ogawa-san, please save our novel universe!"

Kōtarō Isaka

He is also a Supernove in the Japanese scene of Sci-Fi.

Miyuki Miyabe

(The 31st Yamamoto Shugoro Award review) While reading, I felt the excitement that I have never known.

Mitsuyo Kakuta

Fumiki Takahashi

Fumiki Takahashi高橋文樹

Bio

Fumiki Takahashi is a Japanese writer, a web developer, and a father of four children. Born in Chiba city at August 16th, 1979. Studied French literature at the University of Tokyo to trace his literary idle Kenzaburo Oe. In 2001 at his age of 21, started his career with a fiction about incest "Stop Over". In 2007, got the Shincho Fresh Award with "Aureliano is coming". In same year, he founded literary web magazine Hametuha and started efforts for e-publishing. Kyouichi Sagawa, Sayo Ononda, and Juan.B are new talents grown up there.

He started writing Sci-Fi in 2016. Participating in Genron Ohmori Nozomi Sci-Fi Workshop, he got the Hirotaka Tobi Awarad with "Until Yesterday". He also organizes a Sci-Fi magazine Sci-Fire with alumni of Genron School and Sci-Fi podcasting Dahlgren Radio. His recent work "Mind Your P's and Q's" is collected in "The Best Collection of Short Stories 2018".

List of Works

Japanese
  • “Stop Over”(途中下車), 2001 Gentosha, Winning Gentosha 1st NET Students Literature Award Granprix
  • “Aureliano is coming”(アウレリャーノがやってくる), 2007 Shinchosha, Winning The 39th Shincho Fresh Award Grandprix
  • “Until Yesterday”(昨日までのこと), 2017 Genron, Winning Genron SF Fresh Award Hirotaka Tobi Prize
  • “Mind your P’s and Q’s”(pとqには気をつけて), 2018 Shueisha, Collected in “Best Short Stories Collection of Today's Novels 2019” Tokuma Shoten
English

Selected Reviews

(About "Aureliano is coming") Anyway, his skills are genuine to complete such a "Grand Hotel Style" story without any failure. Possibly, he might be in his first step to much greater novels that I've never thought of.

Yoko Ogawa

(About “Mind your P’s and Q’s”) Takahashi writes any kind of stories very well. His characters are animated and he also has literary profundity. He seems to be able to write anything. I read without any stress and just feel awesome. None creates such story. It's really difficult to imagine and write that kind of story.

Hirotaka Tobi

A novel is medium for readers with which the writer fix informations to stroies. “Stop Over”apparently has an intention to inform the writer's personal information. As a result, it describes well the sense that the world is blocked up.

Ryu Murakami

— Contact

Reqeusts We Accept

  • Writing
  • Attending to an event
  • Permission of translation or collection
  • Miscellaneous questions about us e.g. fact checks

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