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The war on terror exploded, literally, the day Sarajevo was destroyed by a homemade nuclear device. The leading democracies have transformed into total surveillance states, and the developing world has drowned under a wave of genocides. The mysterious American John Paul seems to be behind the collapse of the world system, and it’s up to intelligence agent Clavis Shepherd to track John Paul across the wreckage of civilizations and to find the true heart of darkness—a genocidal organ.
Keikaku (Project) Itoh was born in Tokyo in 1974. He graduated from Musashino Art University. In 2007, he debuted with Gyakusatsu Kikan (Genocidal Organ) and took first prize in the Best SF of 2007 in SF Magazine. His novel Harmony won both the Seiun and Japan SF awards, and its English-language edition won the Philip K. Dick Award Special Citation. He is also the author of Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots, a Japanese-language novel based on the popular video game series. All three of his novels are available in English from Haikasoru. After a long battle with cancer, Itoh passed away in March 2009.
Hello everyone, our day is here! Edge of Tomorrow, the film, is out today in the United States. After years of planning, and writing, and casting, and filming, the movie is in theaters all across the country.
And now, friends, it is your turn.
You know, before it was cool.”
You are not nerds! You are the cool ones now! GO FORTH AND CONQUER!
As there seems to be some confusion, despite some pretty clear labeling on the cover and its product page, we thought we’d write a brief note to help everyone understand that the Edge of Tomorrow novel now in bookstores and supermarkets is All You Need Is Kill.
The cover call-out is “Previously Published as All You Need Is Kill.” See? Look!
The author is Hiroshi Sakurazka.
The protagonist is Keiji Kiriya.
The text is identical to the text of the trade paperback published in 2009, except for minor copy corrections.
Edge of Tomorrow is not a novelization of the film. It is not a book written by an American author. It does not feature a character named Billy Cage.
Edge of Tomorrow is All You Need Is Kill with a temporary cover and title change, so that some fraction of the forty-fifty million people currently being exposed to the commercials for the feature film might now that the movie is based on a novel. As you can imagine, a novelist and a publisher would like more people to be aware of a book.
Any questions? Let us know in the comments!
Sorry for the delay; we were attending the World Horror Convention in Portland, Oregon all weekend, and Friday was a very busy day with panels on anthologies, short fiction, and H.P. Lovecraft. But without further ado, here are our winners of the All You Need Is Kill gn/Edge of Tomorrow giveaway contest!
Our first winner is Michael Healy, for this amazing detail about the original Japanese program on which the various Power Rangers shows are based: “Still it manages some good dramatic moments such as the end of Jetman, where after defeating the invading aliens and giving the government back his doodad the black ranger tries to help woman getting mugged and gets stabbed for his efforts. The last shot of the series was the black ranger dying on a park bench.” DAMN.
Then there’s Robert, for his love of Starship Troopers and its various and increasingly nutty cartoon. Blasphemy indeed!
We liked Leslie’s remark: “I think the mark of a good transmedia adaptation isn’t about transferring everything from one medium to the other.” So Leslie wins too!
Finally, Alex Jones wrote a fairly extensive piece on Hikaru no Go , so he gets a prize as well.
Thanks for playing everyone, and keep checking back here for more news, including an exclusive report from the Edge of Tomorrow movie premiere in New York!
Did you attend Free Comic Book Day on Saturday? You might have gotten a sample of the All You Need Is Kill graphic novel! Or, have you been to an airport recently—you might have seen the movie tie-in edition of the original novel, now called Edge of Tomorrow.
To celebrate the release of the graphic novel—tomorrow, kids, tomorrow!—we’re doing yet another one of our giveaway contests. Four lucky winners will get both the graphic novel and the movie tie-in paperback. Note, the paperback is the same novel as the original All You Need Is Kill*—it is not a novelization of the film. Don’t be like this confused guy!
So here is our essay prompt: tell us about your favorite, or least favorite, transmedia adaptation. Book to movie, movie to comic book, manga to anime, novel to anime, ancient fairy tale to puppet show. Whatever you want! The four most entertaining get the books, and as usual we ship anywhere, like goofy stuff, and can read Japanese, Spanish, German, Chinese, and Greek!
Just leave your response in the form of a comment in this post before noon Pacific time on Friday, and you have the chance to win!
*We did correct a few copy errors, as is typical with reprints.
Over at IGN, two guys report on the twenty minutes or so of footage they were shown of Edge of Tomorrow-you know, the All You Need Is Kill movie!
Neat, eh? Spoilers abound, by the way.