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Baku Yumemakura

Japanese science fiction and adventure writer

1951   -  

country of citizenship: Japan
native language: Japanese
language of expression: Japanese
educated at: Tokai University
occupation: novelist, screenwriter, science fiction writer
award received: Shibata Renzaburō Award, Izumi Kyōka Prize for Literature, Nihon SF Taisho Award, 舟橋聖一文学賞, Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for Literature

Baku Yumemakura (夢枕 獏, Yumemakura Baku, born 1951 in Odawara, Kanagawa) is a Japanese science fiction and adventure writer. His works have sold more than 20 million copies in Japan spread across more than 280 titles. He is published in a variety of formats including feature films, television shows, movies and comic books. His works are influenced by outdoor interests such as fishing, particularly Ayu fishing, mountain climbing, canoeing as well as manga, photography, pottery, art, calligraphy, martial arts. He has published a number of photo collections of his journeys through Nepalese mountains. He is best known for writing Jōgen no Tsuki wo Taberu Shishi (The Lion that Ate the Crescent Moon), which won both the Seiun Award and the Nihon SF Taisho Award. He also has written film scripts, including the one to Onmyoji. One of his popular martial arts serials that has been adapted into manga is "Garouden "餓狼伝" (legend of the hungry wolf), known in the west as "The legend of the fighting wolves" that has also two videogames to date. He's been nicknamed "The artisan of violence" due to one of his popular martial arts novel series "Shishi no mon" (獅子の門 Gate of fierce lions) and as of 2014 he's been working on the scripts of a manga series "Shin Garouden" with renown manga artist Masami Nobe He is also a past president of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan.
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