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ALL YOU NEED IS KILL
HIROSHI SAKURAZAKA

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THE LORD OF THE SANDS OF TIME
ISSUI OGAWA

Available on the eBook! ZOO Buy Now!

ZOO
OTSUICHI

USURPER OF THE SUN Buy Now!

USURPER OF THE SUN
HOUSUKE NOJIRI

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BATTLE ROYALE: THE NOVEL
KOUSHUN TAKAMI

BRAVE STORY Buy Now!

BRAVE STORY
MIYUKI MIYABE

Available on the eBook! THE BOOK OF HEROES Buy Now!

THE BOOK OF HEROES
MIYUKI MIYABE

Available on the eBook! YUKIKAZE Buy Now!

YUKIKAZE
CHŌHEI KAMBAYASHI

Available on the eBook! LOUPS-GAROUS Buy Now!

LOUPS-GAROUS
NATSUHIKO KYOGOKU

Available on the eBook! SLUM ONLINE Buy Now!

SLUM ONLINE
HIROSHI SAKURAZAKA

Available on the eBook! THE NEXT CONTINENT Buy Now!

THE NEXT CONTINENT
ISSUI OGAWA

Available on the eBook! THE STORIES OF IBIS Buy Now!

THE STORIES OF IBIS
HIROSHI YAMAMOTO

Available on the eBook! HARMONY Buy Now!

HARMONY
PROJECT ITOH

Available on the eBook! ROCKET GIRLS Buy Now!

ROCKET GIRLS
HOUSUKE NOJIRI

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THE OUROBOROS WAVE
JYOUJI HAYASHI

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SUMMER, FIREWORKS, AND MY CORPSE
OTSUICHI

DRAGON SWORD AND WIND CHILD Buy Now!

DRAGON SWORD AND WIND CHILD
NORIKO OGIWARA

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MARDOCK SCRAMBLE
TOW UBUKATA

Available on the eBook! ROCKET GIRLS: THE LAST PLANET Buy Now!

ROCKET GIRLS: THE LAST PLANET
HOUSUKE NOJIRI

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MIRROR SWORD AND SHADOW PRINCE
NORIKO OGIWARA

Available on the eBook! GOOD LUCK YUKIKAZE Buy Now!

GOOD LUCK YUKIKAZE
CHŌHEI KAMBAYASHI

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ICO: CASTLE IN THE MIST
MIYUKI MIYABE

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THE CAGE OF ZEUS
SAYURI UEDA

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TEN BILLION DAYS AND ONE HUNDRED BILLION NIGHTS
RYU MITSUSE

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MM9
HIROSHI YAMAMOTO

Available on the eBook! THE NAVIDAD INCIDENT: THE DOWNFALL OF MATÍAS GUILI Buy Now!

THE NAVIDAD INCIDENT: THE DOWNFALL OF MATÍAS GUILI
NATSUKI IKEZAWA

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THE FUTURE IS JAPANESE
HAIKASORU

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METAL GEAR SOLID: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS
PROJECT ITOH

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GENOCIDAL ORGAN
PROJECT ITOH

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BELKA, WHY DON'T YOU BARK?
HIDEO FURUKAWA

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VIRUS
SAKYO KOMATSU

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SELF-REFERENCE ENGINE
TOH ENJOE

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NOBLE V: GREYLANCER
HIDEYUKI KIKUCHI

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THE MELANCHOLY OF MECHAGIRL
CATHERYNNE M. VALENTE

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APPARITIONS
MIYUKI MIYABE

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THE BATTLE ROYALE SLAM BOOK
HAIKASORU

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BATTLE ROYALE REMASTERED
KOUSHUN TAKAMI

Edge Of Tomorrow Buy Now!

EDGE OF TOMORROW
HIROSHI SAKURAZAKA

All You Need Is Kill Graphic Novel Buy Now!

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL GRAPHIC NOVEL
HIROSHI SAKURAZAKA
NICK MAMATAS
LEE FERGUSON

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PHANTASM JAPAN
HAIKASORU

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ASURA GIRL
OTARO MAIJO

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DENDERA
YUYA SATO

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RED GIRLS
KAZUKI SAKURABA

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GENE MAPPER
TAIYO FUJII

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Gene Mapper

Sascha Leifens was subtitled across her chest. So this was the reporter my waitress liked so much.

Sascha shrugged her shoulders and tossed her bobbed red hair as she stepped down. I knew she was an avatar when her hair returned to exactly the same position. Most casters use RealVu to at least give the impression that they’re communicating facts. Not Sascha.

“There you have it. What do you think?” It was the voice from the interview. “The operating system he coded in a trance, while ignoring his responsibilities to society, has an astonishing flaw.”

A large chart appeared above her head with a string of thirty or so ones and zeros along the top. Below the ones and zeros was a date readout: years, months, days, hours, minutes, seconds.

“These are time values for Unix. Look closely. He used a 32-bit integer to express these values to the second, even though he knew very well that Unix would have to be viable for at least decades. The way he coded it, the time value will reach its overflow point next year—at seven seconds past 3:14 a.m., January 19, 2038.”

The time count on the chart rolled toward the overflow point.

Now almost all the numbers were ones. Sascha made a pistol with her thumb and index finger and took aim at the chart.

“Bang!” More…

The RED GIRLS winners!

Thanks for all the entries! We set Intern Jackie to choose the winners, and this is what she had to say!

The RED GIRLS giveaway winners!

By Jackie Gross

We got some lengthier entries this time. Pretty sure some of you are trying to put novels into the comments section. But what fun stories!

Our winners for the four copies of Red Girls:

Teri’s entry was clearly written, creepy, and humorous. I hope I’m never in a position where my coworker tells me it’s “my job to deal with kids and ghosts.” Good on you for reprimanding a pushy ghost, too!

Ken, the ex-ghost hunter, drew us in with Will’s backstory and his descriptions of the gutted cabin. Ken’s entry should serve as ample warning to avoid old buildings that come with a story of a drowned child. I keep imagining the edge of that bathtub and the sloshing water. Eep!

Tom McBride’s umbrella ghost story gave off a more subtle kind of creepiness. On cloudy days, beware a stranger smiling under an umbrella . . . Just how late do ghosts arrive, anyway?

Finally, Andy Hendry, in addition to divulging how teens have (or at least used to have) fun in Wales, warns of a mountain where you should never camp—unless you want to hear giggling ghost children, that is.

Thanks to all for your entries!

It’s the RED GIRLS giveaway contest!

It’s time for another giveaway contest, and this time we’re giving away four copies of Red Girls, the latest Haikasoru release from Kazuki Sakuraba of Gosick
fame.

Red Girls deals with three generations of an illustrious family in post-war Japan, and contains at its heart a mystery—who was the victim of the murder a psychic grandmother confessed to? A pretty straightforward crim…wait, psychic?

Yes. Red Girls won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award in 2007, but it is a supernatural mystery, a modern fantasy. Well, unless psychic powers are real, in which case the book is not a fantasy. And that brings is to the theme of our giveaway contest!

Ever experience anything supernatural or psychic or ghostly or weird? For real? For real real?! Tell us about it in the comments in a short essay. We’ll choose the four best winners on Friday April 17th, and noon, and will ship the winning books to you, no matter where you live, freeee!

And feel free to submit in English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, German, or Greek. We’ll also take poems.

So, Red Girls. Psychic phenomena. Fantasy or mystery. Tell us your mystic secrets and maybe you’ll win a free book!

Red Girls

Manyo looked out of place in the village and when she went into town, but the young couple took care of this strange child, occasionally severe, occasionally affectionate with her. They also sent her to school, but for some reason, Manyo could not manage to learn her letters. “I can’t read,” “I can’t write,” she would say; her studies were of no use.

She would instead make strange predictions every now and then. At that time, the Third Jurisdiction Corps of the National Police Reserve (later known as the National Safety Forces), which was cre­ated by MacArthur after the war, was stationed in Izumo in Shimane Prefecture, and each member carried a carbine thanks to a loan from the US military. The corps was basically made up of young people of that generation, born in the area and also coming in from other regions, who had missed out on deployment to the front. The carbine, a mysterious weapon from which fire erupted, naturally terrified the villagers. Even now, the provincial culture of the Edo period lives on in the village. When someone commits a crime, the people rally at the village headman’s house, use spears and nets to catch the criminal, and then turn the offender over to the authorities.

When the young men in their khaki uniforms swaggered into town, clutching their carbines, little, illiterate, dark-skinned Manyo pointed at one of them, and said, “Be bright, scatter.” More…


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