Tetsu Yano

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(October 5, 1923 – October 13, 2004)

Tetsu Yano (矢野徹) was the stfnal pseudonym of Osamu Sakata, a Japanese fan, SF translator and writer considered “the patriarch of Japanese sf.” He famously scavenged pulp prozines thrown away by US occupying forces after World War II, and became one of the earliest fans in Japan. Soon, he began correspondence with Forrest J Ackerman.

He began to introduce to Japanese readers the works of US writers in the late 1940s. He was the first Japanese writer of the genre to visit the United States and attend a Westercon and Worldcon, in 1953. Project: East Meets West funded part of his travel to Philcon II.

He took part in founding Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan in 1963, and served as its president from 1978 to 1979.

Awards, Honors and GoHships:

  • 1985 — Karel Capek Award for services to translation
  • 1987 — Big Heart Award, Seiun Award for his essay collection Wizardry Gensōkyoku: Pasukon Bunka no Bōken ["Wizardry Fantasia: Adventures in Computer Culture"]
  • 2004 — Special Nippon SF Taishō ("Grand Prix") award

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