last modified: 2001/09/09
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Mariko Ohara was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1959.She graduated from the department of psychology,faculty of literature of Seisin University, Tokyo, in1981 and is the Bachelor of Arts.
Ohara's career as a writer was opened in 1980 when she was awarded honorable mention in the Sixth Hayakawa Science Fiction contest for "Hitori-de Aruiteitta Neko"(A Cat Who Walked Away Alone).
Ohara was awarded the best domestic novel of the 22nd Seiun Award (Japanese science-fiction literature award voted by the public) in 1991, for "Haiburiddo Chairudo" (Hybrid Child) and the 15th Nihon Science Fiction Taisho Award (Japanese Best Science Fiction) in 1995 with "Senso-wo Enjita Kamigamitachi" (Gods who Bandied War)"
Ohara is also awarded "the Prize of Encouragement" of the 35th Japanese Galaxy Award for the original script for a radio play "Saiko Saundo Machin (Psycho Sound Machine) " in 1997.
In 1998 she is awarded the best short novel prize of the 29th Seiun Award for "Indipendensu dei in Osaka- Ai-ha Nakutomo Shihonshugi" (Independence Day in Osaka - No Love Just Capitalism)
Among her numerous works are "Kyuketsuki Efemera" (Ephemera the Vampire)"Taimu Ripa (Time Leaper)". Ohara also wrote the original script of video game for Super-Nintendo "Gaia Gensoki (Illusion of Gaia)" and a collaboration with OKAZAKI Kyoko, "Mazikku Pointo (Magic Point.)"
Ohara currently runs serials in "Bungakukai" and "SF Magazine," and writes SF & fantasy book-review column in Asahi Newspaper.She is a member of the panel of judges of Nihon SF Taisho Awards since 1997 to 1999.She is a member of the panel of judges of Nihon SF Shinjinsho Awards since 1999 to 2001.
Ohara is a member of The Japan P.E.N. Club, The Japanese Writers' Association, the club of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan.
the president of the club of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan since September, 1999 to September, 2001.