January 28, 1931
|Died||July 26, 2011
Minoh, Osaka, Japan
|Alma mater||Kyoto University|
|Notable work(s)||Japan Sinks|
|Notable award(s)||1985 Nihon SF Taisho Award|
Early life[change | change source]
Career[change | change source]
Komatsu worked as a magazine editor, a factory foreman and a comedy scriptwriter before he began writing science fiction.
The premise of Komatsu's best known book, Japan Sinks, was confirmed in 2011 when parts of the Sanriku coastline sank more than a meter in the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. In the massive geologic shift, the land mass of the main island of Japan sank 2.4 centemeters.
Selected works[change | change source]
- 日本沈没 (1959)
- Peace on Earth (1961)
- 地球になった男 (1971)
- Japan Sinks (日本沈没 Nihon Chinbotsu) (1973)
- 現代の神話 (1973)
- 歴史と文明の旅 (1973)
- Virus (復活の日 Fukkatsu no hi) (1974)
- 戦争はなかった (1974)
- 果てしなき流れの果に (1976)
- 日本文化の死角 (1977)
- 物体O (1977 )
- アメリカの壁 (1978)
- Nihilistic Corridor (1999)
- 小松左京自伝: 実存を求めて (2008)
Quotes[change | change source]
Shortly before his death, Komatsu wrote, "I had thought I wouldn’t mind dying any day, but now I’m feeling like living a little bit longer and seeing how Japan will go on hereafter."
References[change | change source]
- Hevesi, Dennis. "Sakyo Komatsu, 80, Science Fiction Writer, Dies at 80," New York Times. August 10, 2011; retrieved 2011-10-21.
- "High Tides Inundate Sunken Towns: March 11 earthquake caused some places to drop by 1.2 meters," Japan Times. May 11, 2011; retrieved 2011-10-21. (Archived by WebCite)
- "Japan sinks 2.4 cm after March 11 quake," Asahi Shimbun. October 20, 2011; retrieved 2011-10-21. (Archived by WebCite)
- Toho Kingdom, Japan Sinks; retrieved 2011-10-21.
- Shinji, Higuchi et al. (2007). Sinking of Japan (DVD); retrieved 2011-10-21.
- WorldCat Identities: 小松左京