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TEN BILLION DAYS AND ONE HUNDRED BILLION NIGHTS [Archive]

All Things Considered…including THE HEAT DEATH OF THE UNIVERSE!

Well, look what happened this morning on amazon.com’s Movers and Shakers list for digital books!

(Yeah yeah, at one point Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights was #1 on the list, but by the time I woke up we were beaten by some sexy book.)

What happened? Simple: National Public Radio’s All Things Considered reviewed the book and it was a rave! It’s a perfect Christmas gift too—as Jesus is in it, and he’s a vengeance-seeking cyborg three billion years in the future!

Holiday shopping: TEN BILLION DAYS and THE BOOK OF HEROES

Nothing beats book release day here at Haikasoru HQ. Today, the brand-new hardcover The Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights is out. The cover glows in the dark! If you’re not into mass and weight, the screen of your e-reader glows in the dark as well. Those links will be up in a few days.

If you’re buying for a young adult, definitely check out the new paperback edition of The Book of Heroes. All the fun and excitement of the hardcover, but cheaper and easier to lift! Locus magazine is excited about it, and gave the book a little shout-out in their monthly New in Paperback column.

And the winners of the DEATH OF THE UNIVERSE are…

And the winners of Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights giveaway contest are

Seth E., for explaining that one day we’ll all BE the book!

Doug M. for his series of senryu!

Rachel Manija B. for her whimsical yet terrifying vision of the future!

and John C. for his meditation on ontology!

I’ll contact you all for addresses. If you didn’t win, try again next time. See you all soon, and happy reading!

It’s THE INEVITABLE HEAT DEATH OF THE UNIVERSE giveaway contest!

Ryu Mitsuse’s Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights, named the best Japanese SF novel of all time in a 2006 poll, is coming your way soon!

But you can win one early in our latest and greatest giveaway contest. Just write a comment based on this prompt, and the four we like the best will get a free copy of the book.

A lot of SF is very hopeful about the future, some quite dour. But ultimately, the entire universe is going to go bye-bye. That cosmic sense of wonder (or sensawunda if you’re an old school fan) intrinsic to SF is limned with a sense of ultimate doom. No matter how great humanity, or our daughter species, become, the universe is still very large and very dark. And it’s growing colder. So, what do we do? Do you spend a lot of time thinking about the inevitable heat death of the universe? Does it help put your own problems in perspective? Or is it just depressing? Or…are you hoping that after the Singularity you’ll live forever and have front row seats to the Big Show? Let us know, and win a book that glows in the dark! Feel free to hit us up in English, Japanese, Spanish, German, or Greek, because we’re international, see?

We’ll announce the winners Friday, at noon Pacific time.


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