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Loups-Garous, soon to be in convenient anime form!

Have you picked up Loups-Garous yet? Natsuhiko Kyogoku’s futuristic mystery is quite a trip—I’ve described it as a 500-page haiku. We’re not alone in admiring it—The girls are headed to anime this summer; it’ll open in theaters in Japan on August 28th, 2010. If you want a leg up on the plot, what better place to go than the original novel, handily and happily translated into English?

I can’t think of any.

To whet your appetite, check out the trailer on YouTube or, for that matter, right here thanks to the magic of embedding!

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Hiroshi Yamamoto, whose The Stories of Ibis is out now, is a master of science fiction. Which isn’t simply to say that he is an excellent writer, but that he has mastered the many modes of science fiction. Ibis encapsulates everything from the world of Star Trek fanfiction to anime superheroes, from serious sociological SF to crazy robot battles—but there’s more to the genre than Yamamoto can fit into one book. One subgenre of special importance in the Japanese idiom of science fiction is kaiju, or “strange beast.” You know, giant monsters.

How giant are these monsters you ask? Check out these teeth marks:

That’s the cover to MM9, another of Yamamoto’s novels. MM stands for monster magnitude, and 9…well, that’s a pretty large magnitude. What we’re excited about is not just the existence of this novel, but the fact that it is going to be adapted into a live-action TV show along the lines of the Godzilla films or Tsuburaya Productions’ Ultraman show. (And I have to say that I love that the URL for the show is nine m’s.) Ultraman was iconic enough to be integrated into science fiction’s Hugo award in 2007, when the awards were held at the first-ever Japanese Worldcon:

It’s a big deal.

MM9‘s tagline is in English and it suggests that the show will have a bit more going on than the usual rubber-suited shenanigans we might be used to from the old (and often Bowdlerized) films that made it to the US: You can live as if nothing is a miracle, or everything is a miracle.

That sounds like the sentimental and challenging science fiction master we know. Here’s hoping that the MM9 TV show can make it over to the West in some form or fashion. We’ll take everything, with a side-order of intelligent robots. Check out Ibis—there are a couple of giant monsters in there as well!

And the hits just keep on comin’

We had some disruptions, sure, but rest assured we are still chugging along here at Haikasoru HQ. Indeed, today is our favorite day of the month—release day! Be sure to head on down to your local bookstore (or buy here online) our two new titles!

Loups-Garous Like serial killers? Dystopian futures that seem like utopias to its residents? Teen girls? Kooky avant-garde language? Best-selling author Carrie Vaughn is a fan, calling it a “weird future…that’s scarier than the monsters.” Natsuhiko Kyogoku is one of Japan’s most popular and strangest authors—imagine Walter Mosley mixed with Mark Z. Danielewski.

Of if you like your SF the way I like my muscles—HARD—then check out The Next Continent. By the Issui Ogawa, author of The Lord of the Sands of Time, this new title is about a private mission to the moon and the adventures that await. After all, what could possibly go wrong…

Do check them out, and drop us a line to know what you think of our latest Haikasoru books!

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RIP Ripley

It’s been a bad week for science fiction in San Francisco—we’re sad to hear that Ripley, of the famed bald cats of Borderlands Books, has passed away.

We’re big fans of Borderlands and when our first titles came out last year, we spent all day at the store to take pictures. (Click that link for cat pics!) And tons of people were fans of Ripley—the store even puts a sign in the window to let passers-by know when Ripley (and their other bald cat, Ash) are in. Even locals who didn’t read SF often popped into the store just to visit the cats. Ripley was a big fan of me, though I found the cat a little creepy and he wasn’t quite non-allergenic. But you never know what you want till its gone! Poor little dude. Rest in peace, Ripley the Cat.

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