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Archive for November, 2009

I can see your house from here!

Aaaannd we’re back! You may have wondered at the lack of updates last week, or even the delay in approving your comments. I bet some of you just decided that we all had the last week off for the Thanksgiving holiday. In fact Eric was at home and hard at work explaining the delay to you, in comic form! Here’s what happened—as I hinted at in my own recent post:

Don’t worry, I can still receive holiday cards from all of you.

Why, just in time for holiday shopping!

As long time Haikasorunauts know, we publish two books every other month. Yesterday was our launch day, so this morning I rushed out the local chain bookstore—I’ll be a bit coy and say only that the chain’s name begins with the letter “B”—to see if our new titles were out yet. Happily, they were!

Here’s Brave Story, conveniently placed face-out in the New Science Fiction/Fantasy section.

(Right next to Moorcock too. Sweet!)

And then, down in the front of the store, right when the customers walk in, I found copies of the new edition of Battle Royale: The Novel.

(Sharpies among you may have figured out that for some reason the book was placed in the New Nonfiction section of this particular store, perhaps as an underground guerrilla tactic of some sort. It was hilarious enough to see Battle Royale right next to an edition of President Reagan’s diaries that I didn’t bother alerting a clerk. But do keep an eye out!)

The public has spoken and we have answered! You wanted long, thick books for the holidays, and so we have unleashed two of them, just for you. These titles won’t fit in your stockings, but they will keep you occupied as the long winter nights drag on. Happy reading!

Today’s science fiction…tomorrow’s science fact!

It’s a cliché that science fiction is supposed to be, to a certain extent, prescient. SF writers have claimed credit for predictions ranging to the (blessedly short) popularity of digital watches to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Even trickier than the social future is getting future scientific discoveries right. Sure, discoveries are often minor, contingent, and fit in nicely with what is already known, but sometimes an SF writer needs to fudge. Issui Ogawa in his forthcoming novel of lunar colonization, The Next Continent, took a bit of a risk, positing that there would be sufficient water on the moon (thanks to comets and whatnot hitting the surface) to make concrete from the regolith.

Well, as it turns out, he was right! There’s water on the moon! On the friggin’ moon! YES! Sayanora, suckers! Screw San Francisco, I’m going to move to the MOON!

I hope they let me keep my job. I can get email on the moon, right? You’d miss my blog entires, wouldn’t you? I mean, moon blog entries would be even more fun. I’d take up golf and dune-buggy riding and stuff. That would be sweet.

Anyway, we should have info on The Next Continent and other books up on the site soon, so keep your eyes peeled. And when you look up at the moon think of me, living there, tax-exempt and superstrong, forever!

Brave Story: Extended Mass

As many of you know, the first edition of Brave Story came out two years ago in hardback. If you own a copy you know the beefy tome takes up a lot of space on your bookshelf (and in your backpack). It’s one of those books that goes toe-to-toe with other doorstoppers like Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows and Stephen King’s Under the Dome.

Next Tuesday Miyuki Miyabe’s award-winning novel gets downsized into a handy Haikasoru paperback edition. “Downsized” might be the wrong word, however. The trim size remains the same, and none of the text has been clipped. We even kept the helpful map of Vision at the beginning of the book. But the new edition is definitely thinner and easier to cart around. You won’t suffer any discomfort hefting this book from place to place. And that’s good news for me.

Since I live in San Francisco and take public transportation everywhere I go, I’m a big fan of “pocket” books. Gigantic hardback novels can be nice ornamental items sitting in your living room, but they’re not convenient on a crowded bus. I much prefer a book I can shove in my jacket pocket and whip out when an opportunity for reading arises. Long live mass market paperbacks, that’s what I say. Or, in the case of Brave Story, long live extended mass market paperbacks.

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