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It’s the LEGEND OF THE GALACTIC HEROES giveaway contest!

by nickmamatas

To celebrate the release of Legend of the Galactic Heroes v4: Stratagem, we are doing a giveaway contest, and a special one. We’re giving away copies of v2, v3, or v4 to one of four lucky winners. (Winners’ choice, of course!)  We’ve not done giveaways for the prior volumes of LOGH for the simple reason that many people were eager for the series—word of mouth is the best marketing tool. But as we are almost halfway through the series now, we wanted to remind fans who may have read the first volume that it is continuing, and at a rapid pace. We’re here to help you keep track and catch up!

The contest is a simple one: in the form of a comment to this point, write about your favorite science fiction series: it can be a set of novels, films, comics, manga, pulp stories from the Golden Age, what have you—just make sure it’s science fiction and a series. Tell is why it’s your favorite, and what the series element of it brings to you as a reader. (And as we’re publishers here, we probably will have a bias toward novel series.) You can submit in English, Spanish, Japanese, or Greek, and on Friday we’ll announce four winners! Pick the volume you need and we’ll send it your way. And yes, we ship worldwide.


So, favorite SF series and why? Ready, go!


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18 Responses to “It’s the LEGEND OF THE GALACTIC HEROES giveaway contest!”

  1. Talha Ishakbeyoglu says:

    It’s really hard picking a favorite but for me it has to be the Dune series. Just the sheer amount of detail that goes into the world building is mind blowing. So many characters and relationships and politics going on. I really love me some good world building, which is part of the reason why I love Legend of the Galactic Heroes too.

  2. Marion Pena says:

    My favorite SF series is 2001 Nights by Yukinobu Hoshino. It has an incredibly clean and pristine retro art style, and the anthology format allows the story to move in different directions while bridging the main narrative about conquering space as the new frontier. It’s very humanistic at its core and I hunted for all 10 issues that Viz released as a comic because I wanted to own the whole thing… It led me to other older Japanese SF including LOGH so it’ll always have a special place in my heart.

  3. Brandon Perkins says:

    My favorite SF series of all time, undoubtedly and without any second thought, is the space opera manga Outlanders, by Johji Manabe. This was the comic that not only made me a life-long science fiction fan, but also introduced me to the world of manga. Dark Horse Comics were the ones who serialized this manga in comic book form back in the old days, when manga was still a niche in the comic book world and had yet to be published in their native tankōbon form in english.

    There were a lot of things about this manga that I loved. First and foremost was Manabe’s distinct art-style, which combined the appealing character stylings of Rumiko Takahashi with the mechanical fancifulness o Leiji Matsumoto and the technological detail of Masamune Shirow. There was also his storytelling, which had both a good deal of humor combined with some serious epic drama. There was a good deal of fan service, yes, but it never undermined the character development or sheer emotion that this manga could convey. You really grew with these characters, and grew to love them in kind.

    My only regret is that this series had fallen so far into obscurity. It was one of the first major manga series to thrive in the niche manga market in the U.S. It absolutely deserves to be read and enjoyed by a new generation of manga fans, if for nothing else than to see how we older manga-maniacs experienced it in the old days.

  4. Andrés Rodríguez says:

    Favorite science fiction series, huh? Well, I have several but if I had to choose, I’d say Asimov’s Robot series. Isaac Asimov is, hands down, one of my favourite writers, and while I enjoyed his Foundation series immensely (seriously, it’s awesome, go read it), I am partial to the partnership between Elijah Bayley and R. Daneel Olivaw that is featured more prominently in three of his robot novels: The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, and The Robots of Dawn. Why? Because it combines another genre that I love: detective fiction. Furthermore, Asimov’s stories always have this quality that, yes, they can take place in the far-flung future of humanity, we can have robots and colonies in space, yet it all seems grounded somehow. The people in his stories deal with issues that affect us as well, regardless of time and distance. He manages to effortlessly create worlds and societies that feel real, not unlike LOGH to be honest. Unlike Arthur C. Clarke (another great one), who oftens goes to great lengths explaining what this or that technology does in his stories and how it works, I find that Asimov uses technology in his stories to show us in what ways it has transformed society, something just as interesting if not more.

  5. Ben B. says:

    Bar none my favourite scifi series, maybe even book series, would have to be the Culture novels by the late great Iain M. Banks. The Culture’s post-scarcity, AI-populated Marxist Utopia is the fictional society I most wish I lived in. It’s a possible future I’m sad I probably won’t live to see. Barring advancements in longevity science! Something which would arguably be a step towards a Culture-like future. Plus there’s snarkily named starships, real-world political parallels and believable alien sex scenes. Just on the basis of those three things I would probably love these books. What that says about me as a person, well, I dunno?

  6. Ryan Freiburger says:

    Favorite Sci-Fi series? The fact that I am here likely demonstrates selection bias, but it is undoubtedly Legend of the Galactic Heroes! I grew up watching the anime… I always wish I could read the novels, however, I could not speak Japanese. Heck I even took Japanese in university in hopes of eventually becoming fluent enough to read the novels… Alas I never learned enough to even attempt to read them. This is why I am so excited about the fact that the novels finally received an English release! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the first 3 volumes and can’t wait for the 4th!

    Why? Well, it is just the epic scale of the series. So many characters, epic battles and politics! Being a little bit of a political nerd, I really enjoyed the tension the series presented between a corrupt democracy and a benevolent dictatorship. What would you rather live under? So much depth!

  7. Krisada says:

    That would be Foundation Series by Asimov. I read it in middle school and I could said it greatly influenced me into what I am today. My university day in political science faculty most classmates (and even professors) were on the social side, those that oppose scientific theory, claiming things were socialy constructed, post-modern that put meta- infront of everything and discuss it into nothing. BUT! The phsychohistory, systematic analysis of political and historical event, the religion, the insignificant of individual… such a beautiful explanation! So logical and simple without messy attempt to paint human and society as mystery unexplainable by science. I was known as a guy that cited theory of evolution and behaviour economics instead of many -ism vague philosophy. It made me prefer stats-based decision. It made me believe AI is possible and made me love simulation and city building game; human and its society is nothing but a few constants and fomulars. We just have to find it and we will have psychohistory!

  8. Bethany says:

    My favourite novel series would have to be NO.6 by Atsuko Asano. I love that every character (even the minor ones) feel like real people with real personalities.

    I do like the manga adaptation (published by Kodansha comics) and anime, but they can’t recreate the magic that the original novel series brought to the table.

    If it is EVER released in English, I DEFINITELY recommend you check the 9 novel series out!

  9. vancho1 says:

    Can I pick two? The reason I ask is that I have been a very active reader all through my life, and many series have faded from my memory, only to reappear with a stray thought or the sight of the book on a shelf. I am sure I have read much more science fiction than I can instantly recall while writing this comment – though I digress. Besides, a lot of good sci-fi is one-off, and not a series. As I said, I have read much good science fiction.

    The nature of science fiction dates it in a way. In looking to the future, an author must examine the present and extrapolate, which leads to many different assumptions about what is to come. And yet, some elements remain strikingly relevant in more modern readings – take the Robot series, for example. Asimov does not quite predict the revolutionary changes that widely-available computer technology will bring, but he expertly traverses the ethical issues of artificial intelligence which are still debated today. Just last month I read Ringworld, and though Niven’s portrayal of women is, well, really really bad, he portrayed the cultural homogenization of a global society rather well in the opening chapters. I could go on, but I digress again. The point is to pick a favorite. Which is difficult for me, as I don’t like to have to mentally rank books (and movies/TV, for that matter) against each other, especially if I like them.

    The prompt is even more difficult by the fact that every time I try to choose a favorite, I go back and doubt whether or not it is indeed my favorite and whether I’d be better off choosing another. Since I have spent far too much time on this, I’ll just list a random selection of series (as well as some one-offs, because some of the best scifi is self-contained) in no particular order, why I like them, and why you should read them/watch them (if you haven’t already):

    Hitchhiker’s Guide: Deeply funny and irreverent, Douglas Adams made a great comedy about space where everyone acted surprisingly human. Good stuff.

    Robot Series: Isaac Asimov’s musing on intelligent machines is both important to consider with our current advances in computers, as well as being a great look forward and a good detective story rolled into scifi.

    Star Wars: I always loved epic fantasy, and Star Wars brought that to space. What’s not to like?

    Contact: Written by a scientist, and takes science seriously. The book is much better than the movie.

    Imperial Radch: Ann Leckie’s Hugo-winning books are cool for their portrayal of gender diversity, and also AI.

    Cowboy Bebop: One of my favorite anime, just so much genre-bending and great music. Yeah, this one is near the top of the list in scifi series of all time, maybe I should have put this instead of this rambling list. Oh well, too late.

    Actually, not too late, because this is a static field. Okay, Cowboy Bebop. What is it? From the opening there is a great like – “A show which becomes a genre in itself”. What does that mean? Well, Cowboy Bebop isn’t literally a genre. No, the best singular label for it is science fiction – after all, it takes place in the future, with technology present and focused on throughout the series. But Cowboy Bebop is so much more than “just” scifi. Each episode draws on various movements and styles, such as western, noir, Hong Kong action, and even a horror episode inspired by Alien. The show’s characters are complex and compelling, with individual stories told through the episodic format of the various bounties the crew takes on. The direction and music is stunning, with all the elements falling into place in every episode. The show is a masterpiece, and I come back to it time and time again. I know, it’s not a book series, but Cowboy Bebop would lose something in the translation to ink and paper.

    All right, time to wrap this up. I know I rambled, but who cares, right? Ah, thanks for reading this far I guess.


  10. Simfam says:

    Bar none, LOTGH is my favourite piece of fiction ever. I don’t think I’ll come across an experience quite like it again in my lifetime. But before those days, my exposure to sci-fi outside of cinema, animation, literature, or television (fuck yeah Babylon 5!) was one particular series close to my heart: Mass Effect.

    Now, I think anyone who watched Japanese animation can appreciate the art and love put into video game narrative, Mass Effect was one of my first experiences into well written video game narratives outside the old classics like Baldur’s Gate and of course, the one and only, Planescape: Torment.

    My favourite in the series (and my favourite scene/moment) came from its most detrimental -and at the same time fantastic – installment: Mass Effect 2.

    The weight of an interactive narrative doesn’t get quite so heavy as when you’re in the final mission of that game. The atmosphere, the action, the acute anxiety and dread of the decisions you’ve made and well as the heart-pounding action accompanied by a fantastic score was one the greatest video-game moments, let alone, sci-fi moments, I’ve had in the last decade and this *includes* my watch of Legend of the Galactic Heroes.

  11. Metal Abaj says:

    This is a very complicated question, the first sci-fi series that comes to my mind is Valérian et Laureline, a series of french comic books that has run from the 60s to late 2000s and that has gain a bit of popularity recently thanks to the upcoming movie adaptation by Luc Besson.
    For me, what is more interesting about Valerian et Laureline isn’t the story itself, because each volume has its own plot, even if after a few volume there’s a plot line that starts to appear and then wrap everything up at the end of the series it’s not “one huge story”. What is more interesting in my opinion is how inventive the universe is. There are sooo many good ideas scatered all around the story, lot of them inspired a lot of others sci-fi stories like star wars for example (and of course Valerian et Laureline itself takes inspiration of its predecessors like K.Dick or Asimov). I love Rick & Morty for the same reason, not because it’s funny but because each episode has very interesting and invetive ideas, for me that’s what science fiction is, it’s using future/space/time travel or that kind of thing as a pretext to experiment with lots and lots of crazy ideas.

  12. Shoko says:

    Well I have LOTG on audible atm and have been waiting for volume 4 for some time so I’m happy to see it will be soon if I had to pick sci-fi from what I’m currently reading it would be Pandora in the crimson shell(manga) or irregular at magic high(LN)I did love all you need is kill if movie wise it would be a hard pressed but probably Pacific rim xD

  13. GreyDuck says:

    This is a tough one (I have a few top faves), but I think I’m going to go with CJ Cherryh’s “Foreigner” books here. You get stupendous world-building, great political intrigue, memorable and distinct characters, and a consistent strong focus on how alien the non-human races really are. Also, the humor arises naturally from the interactions and personal histories of the characters. There’s an element of what I enjoy about TV shows like “Leverage” as well, something often referred to as “competence porn.” It’s fun to watch really smart people doing their jobs in smart & clever ways and achieving their goals. In Atevi politics, if you don’t bring your “A” game then you’re going to regret it.

    Every time a new trilogy set is launched, I go back to the beginning and devour the whole series to reset my memory and understanding, and I haven’t tired of it yet.

  14. Keru says:

    My fav scifi series must be Legend of the Galactic Heroes all the way. I just dramed to able to read it and thanks to you i can, before that i had only seen the anime, im eager to compare the anime and the books, actually im reading vol2. What i love the most about the series is the characters and the point of view on politics in the story. Even if they are in a imaginary distant future, all the characters feels so real and human, they are not absolute evil or absolute good, they are not perfect and all have flaws, you can easy feel empathy and love for some characters or hate others. And in the end the story leaves you with a good question ¿What is better, democracy or dictatorship? i bet the anwer is diferent for everyone. LOGH makes you think about the political systems in a very human way. That´s why i love the series. Thankyou so much Haikasoru for bring us such awesome read.

  15. Michael Fitz-Gibbon says:

    Legend of the Galactic Heroes is naturally my favorite science fiction series, at least as far as “serious” science fiction goes. A sweeping epic of politics, philosophy, war, friendship, and the march of time, LoGH is a uniquely compelling, complex, and intelligent sci-fi saga for the ages.

    Although, if we wander into satire/comedic takes on science fiction, I’d say the series that caught my attention the most are Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, with its wry macrocosm of human society, projected into the bigger realms of imagined universal life. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is specifically my favorite of the novels, though the radio shows are also dear to me. The live-action movie was… well, it existed.

    Don’t panic. LoGH is my current jam, as the youth say.

  16. Cody says:

    Argh! Too many choices T.T

    I think I’ll pick my most recent one: The Expanse series. After reading the first book, Leviathan Wakes, I was absolutely hooked. I thoroughly enjoyed the cast of characters and the different POVs to the story as this massive conspiracy unleashed unto the Solar System is slowly unraveled. Also, the deaths hurt. I hate whenever a character dies. Speaking of characters, I really liked that they changed human physiology depending on where they live. Example: Belters (those who grew up/live on the astroid belt base) are tall and lanky with extended limbs.

  17. Blu says:

    Legend of the Galactic Heroes is definitely one of my favourite Sci-fi anime. I love the grandness of story and how it is more about the people and their differences in beliefs and philosophies. No one is truly evil, it’s just that everyone has a different perspective and agenda on things. I love the fact that there’s always someone to root for on each side, and how it’s so difficult to choose a side. All of this, as well as the emphasis on the political intrigue and the military strategies completely harks back to the many Chinese historical epics such as the Romance of the Three Kingdoms etc., which I also absolutely adore. I was not surprised to find out that Tanaka Yoshiki was an avid fan of Chinese history, because the influences are definitely there, except here you get awesome space battles! 😀

    I also enjoy the Coldfire Trilogy novels by Celia S. Friedman. It’s a very unique blend of Sci-fi with fantasy. Very imaginative world building.

  18. Ian Golledge says:

    Just one? As a teenager I discovered Arthur C Clarke and the Rama series, which hooked me with the ideas, the science and the proverbial Sense of Wonder. Of course, the Dune series for intricacy of plot and myth. There’s the Gormenghast trilogy by Mervyn Peake for the fabulous writing.

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