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Suga Hiroe

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Music.

(1963-    ) Japanese author, musician and traditional dancer with strong connections to Japanese Fandom. Her professional debut "Blue Flight" (April 1981 SF Hōseki) [original title in English] had initially appeared in a Fanzine but was spotted by Tetsu Yano and bought for reprint. After the publication of the historical mystery Miyako no Kijo ["The Spirit of Kyōto"] (1996), Suga devoted increasing efforts to the detective genre alongside her ongoing work in fantasy and sf. Much of Suga's work is concerned with Music, including mysteries told at a piano class in Uta no Tsubasa ni ["With Wings of Song"] (2003), and her Sentimental Sensitive fantasies in which musical pieces can be Basilisks or Magic spells.

She won the long-form Seiun Award for Merusasu no Shōnen: Rasenmachi no Monogatari ["Boy of Merusasu: A Tale of the Spiral Town"] (1991), set in a Far Future metropolis where men are in short supply, and where Genetic Engineering has advanced to the stage where humans can assume chrysalis forms and transform into new creatures. "Sobakasu no Figure" (August 1992 S-F Magazine; abridged trans by Dana Lewis and Stephen Baxter as "Freckled Figure" March 1999 Interzone) is an exercise in Recursive SF and Magic Realism, as two Anime fans labour to create a winning figurine design that will influence the appearance of an upcoming cartoon show. It became the first Seiun Award-winning work to be translated into English, and was collected in Year's Best SF 5 (anth 2000) edited by David G Hartwell. The same title was given to a "best-of" collection Sobakasu no Figure (2007) spanning Suga's entire career.

She is married to Yasuhiro Takeda (1957-    ), a prominent manager at the anime and gaming studio Gainax, with whom she has been associated since the company's days as a fan collective. Her work has occasionally crossed over into Gainax's productions, most notably as one of the composers for the music on the Videogame releases Dennō Gakuen ["Cybernetic High School"] (2000) and Silent Mobius (1990), and the author of the novel Tie to the game Getsuendina (1994). Her connections to Gainax, and hence to the otaku market in Japanese fandom, are particularly apparent in the themes of some of her later works, such as combined robot and human staff at the titular Cafe Coppelia (2008) and meditations on the social implications of Immortal, sexually-available companion Androids to be found in Prism no Hitomi ["Prismatic Pupils"] (2007). [JonC]

see also: Women in SF; Women SF Writers; Sex.

Hiroe Suga

born Kyōto, Japan: 21 April 1963

works (selected)


Sentimental Sensitive

  • Uta no Kudaru Hoshi ["The World that Gave Song"] (Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten, 1990) [Sentimental Sensitive: pb/Yasuyuki Ōno]
  • Utakata no Rakuen ["Transient Paradise"] (Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten, 1990) [Sentimental Sensitive: pb/Yasuyuki Ōno]

Ordikos no Sanshito ["The Three Apostles of Ordikos"]

  • Yōma no Tsume ["The Claw of the Phantom"] (Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten, 1992) [Ordikos no Sanshito: pb/Masahisa Suzuki]
  • Guren no Kizuna ["The Bonds of the Red Lotus"] (Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten, 1994) [Ordikos no Sanshito: pb/Masahisa Suzuki]
  • Kyoshin no Haru ["The Spring of the Titan"] (Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten, 1992) [Ordikos no Sanshito: pb/Masahisa Suzuki]

individual titles

  • Yuragi no Mori no Sierra ["Sierra of the Fluctuating Forest"] (Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 1989) [pb/Yōsuke Katō and Keisuke Satō]
  • Hiiragi no Sōhei-ki ["Chronicle of the Holly Warrior Monks"] (Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 1989) [pb/Yōsuke Katō and Keisuke Satō]
  • Rojō: Miyako no Anmai ["Heron-lady: Dark Dance of the Capital"] (Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 1991) [pb/Mutsumi Inomata]
  • Merusasu no Shōnen: Rasenmachi no Monogatari ["Boy of Merusasu: A Tale of the Spiral Town"] (Tokyo: Shinchōsha, 1991) [pb/Takehito Kusanagi]
  • Ame no Ori ["Cage of Rain"] (Tokyo: Hayakawa Shobō, 1993) [coll: pb/Rumi Shinagawa]
  • Akatsuki no Byzantira ["Byzantira Dawning"] (Tokyo: Aspect, 1993) [in two volumes: pb/Tomoko Saitō]
  • Hyōketsu no Oni ["Frozen Demon"] (Tokyo: Tokuma Shoten, 1994) [in two volumes: pb/Takashi Kitami]
  • Anpanteki Kakumei ["The Bean-bread Revolution"] (Tokyo: Aspect, 1995) [pb/]
  • Fukutsu no Megami Getsuendina ["Indomitable Goddess Getsuendina"] (Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten, 1995) [tie to Getsuendina the game: pb/Takami Akai]
  • Miyako no Kijo ["The Spirit of Kyōto"] (Tokyo: Shōdensha, 1996) [hb/Natsuhiko Kyōgoku]
  • Sugare no Hanamori ["Scattered Flower Warden"] (Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten, 1997) [pb/Akiko Hatsu]
  • Eien no Mori: Hakubutsukan Wakusei ["Eternal Forest: Museum Planet"] (Tokyo: Hayakawa Shobō, 2000) [hb/Takeshi Kikuchi]
  • Yaintan ["Tales of the Dead of Night"] (Tokyo: Kōbunsha, 2001) [coll: hb/Keiko Inoue]
  • I Am (Tokyo: Shōdensha, 2001) [pb/Tatsuji Nakahara]
  • Gonin Shimai ["Five Sisters"] (Tokyo: Hayakawa Shobō, 2002) [coll: hb/Yūkei Nakagawa]
  • Uta no Tsubasa ni ["With Wings of Song"] (Tokyo: Shōdensha, 2003) [coll: pb/Tatsuo Katō]
  • Precious Liar (Tokyo: Kōbunsha, 2003) [hb/Noriyuki Nakamura]
  • Omakase House no Hitobito ["People of the Leave-it-to-us House"] (Tokyo: Kōdansha, 2005) [pb/]
  • Prism no Hitomi ["Prismatic Pupils"] (Tokyo: Sōgensha, 2007) [coll of linked stories: pb/]
  • Sobakasu no Figure ["Freckled Figure"] (Tokyo: Hayakawa Shobō, 2007) [coll: pb/]
  • Cafe Coppelia (Tokyo: Hayakawa Shobō, 2008) [coll: pb/]
  • Dare ni Misho tote ["To Whom Should This Be"] (Tokyo: Hayakawa Shobō, 2013) [binding unknown/]
  • Hōkago no Pleiades: Minato no Hoshizora ["Afterschool Pleiades: The Harbor's Starry Sky" aka Wish Upon the Pleiades] (Tokyo: Ichijinsha, 2015) [binding unknown/]


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