By Jason A. Hill
Anyone who knows me knows I am a sci-fi nut. Among my favorite sci-fi films are inspired by the writers who bring these stories to our collective consciousness, like Isaac Asimov, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, William Gibson, and Philip K. Dick. More recently, I have noticed some bold, creative, and incredibly complex sci-fi writing coming out of Japan in the past few years.
On Tuesday VIZ Media announced they were releasing a couple of new books by young Japanese sci-fi writers under its Haikasoru imprint. The Ouroboros Wave, by Jyouji Hayashi, and the paperback edition of Dragon Sword and Wind Child, by Noriko Ogiwara, will introduce Japanese sci-fi at its best to the U.S. I can only hope film adaptations will soon follow!
Haikasoru is a unique imprint with a dedicated focus on publishing some of the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy for English-speaking audiences.
THE OUROBOROS WAVE by Jyouji Hayashi
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Ninety years from now, a satellite detects a nearby black hole scientists dub Kali for the Hindu goddess of destruction. As human society expands to Mars and beyond, the generations-long project to harness the power of the black hole pits the retrograde humans of Earth against the imminently rational men and women of the Artificial Accretion Disk Development association. While conflicts simmer, a mystery within Kali itself tests the limits of intelligence – that of both human and machine.
Jyouji Hiyashi was born in Hokkaido in 1962. Having worked as a clinical laboratory technician, Hiyashi debuted as a writer in 1995 with his co-written Dai Nihon Teikoku Oushu Dengeki Sakusen. His popularity grew with the Shonetsu no Hatou series and the Heitai Gensui Oushu Senki series – both military fiction backed by real historical perspectives. Beginning in 2000, he consecutively released Kioku Osen, Shinryakusha no Heiwa, and Ankoku Taiyo no Mezame, stories that combine scientific speculation and sociological investigations. He continues to write and act as a flag-bearer for a new generation of hard SF.
DRAGON SWORD AND WIND CHILD by Noriko Ogiwara
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The forces of the God of Light and the Goddess of Darkness have waged a ruthless war across the land of Toyoashihara for generations. But for fifteen-year-old Saya, the war is far away – until the day she discovers that she is the reincarnation of the Water Maiden and a princess of the Children of the Dark. Raised to love the Light and detest the Dark, Saya must come to terms with her heritage even as she tumbles into the very heart of the conflict that is destroying her country. The Light and Dark both seek to claim her, for she is the only mortal who can awaken the legendary Dragon Sword, the fearsome weapon destined to bring an end to the war. Can Saya make the dreadful choice between the Light and Dark, or is she doomed – like all the Water Maidens who came before her?
Noriko Ogiwara was inspired to write by the classic Western children’s books she read as she was growing up. Dragon Sword and Wind Child is her first book, part of the award winning Magatama Trilogy. The second book of the Magatama Trilogy, Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince will be also available from Haikasoru in May 2011. Her other books include The Good Witch of the West and Fuujin Hisho. Ms. Ogiwara makes her home in Japan.
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Jason A. Hill is the Founder, Owner and Editor In Chief of Movies I Didn’t Get.com. He is a film critic and writer of articles and film reviews covering a variety of genres and film news that have been syndicated to many sites in the film blogosphere. He specializes in independent film in the US and Asia.
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