Tow Ubukata

Tow Ubukata 冲方丁

Tow Ubukata (1977–)   grew up in Singapore and Nepal, where he says that receiving much of his education in English meant always yearning for his native tongue. He decided to become a writer while still in high school, publishing his first work, the teen novel Kuroi kisetsu (The Black Season), in 1996 while a college student. In college he also joined a computer-game company and went on to work variously as a programmer, manga scriptwriter, and anime writer and producer, steadily building his reputation as a multitalented creative artist. In 2003 Ubukata received the Japan SF Grand Prize for the science-fiction novel Marudukku sukuranburu (Mardock Scramble). Tenchi meisatsu (The Universe Revealed, 2009), his first work of period fiction, received the Booksellers Award, the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers, and three other honors in addition to becoming a bestseller; his second historical work, Mitsukuni den (The Tale of Tokugawa Mitsukuni), has recently been serialized in Yasei jidai magazine.

Books by Tow Ubukata
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    The Universe Revealed

    This novel shines a spotlight on the achievements of the historical figure Shibukawa Harumi (1639?1715), a brilliant go player, astronomer, and calendar maker. As the story opens, Harumi is 22, already with ten years' experience serving at Edo Castle (in …