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Sixty-two years after human life on Earth was annihilated by rampaging alien invaders, the enigmatic Messenger O is sent back in time with a mission to unite humanity of past eras--during the Second World War, in ancient Japan, and at the dawn of humanity--to defeat the invasion before it begins. However, in a future shredded by love and genocide, love waits for O. Will O save humanity only to doom himself?
Issui Ogawa is known as one of Japan's premier sci-fi writers. His 1996 debut, First a Letter from Popular Palace, won the Shueisha JUMP Novel Grand Prix. The Next Continent (2003, Haikasoru 2010) garnered the 35th Seiun Prize. A collection of his short stories won the 2005 Best SF Poll, and The Drifting Man, included in that collection, was awarded the 37th Seiun Prize for domestic short stories. Other works include Land of Resurrection, and Free Lunch Era. Ogawa is a principal member of the Space Authors Club.
A small, high-speed shuttle on the surface of the Moon. The Messengers had been traveling back and forth between Earth’s bases scattered throughout Sol System as far as Mars.
“The launch platform’s not available? What’s the story?” Orville called on his internal comm circuit. The voice of the human transport chief at Moon Polar Base North came back in a flat monotone. “Orders from headquarters. If you have a complaint, direct it to them.”
Sesho Moro has written in to let me know that he’ll be dedicating his summer to Haikasoru. He’ll be reading all of our titles and reviewing them on his interesting anime/manga review podcast in order of their release.
So far we has podcast reviews of The Lord of the Sands of Time (review) and All You Need is Kill (review). He has a cute accent, so check out his podcasts. He does discuss the plots of the books in detail, so if you are one of those “spoiler” people, be ready to tear off your headphones at any moment.
SF with a strong female character? You WILL believe!
She’s a quietly rebellious character, a woman of tremendous intellect and strength who manages to side step the stereotypes those character traits so often lead to. Miyo is fully aware not only of her responsibilities but of exactly how far she can push her luck. …In the hands of a lesser author, Miyo would be conflicted by the arrival of Orville, the other figure on the cover, worried about how her life would change or delighted to see that change made manifest. In Ogawa’s hands though, she becomes one of the most nuanced, grounded female protagonists of recent years, a woman who is tested to the limits by the horrific new world she’s plunged into but is up to the task and more. Miyo is a leader and her journey to that realisation is presented as subtly as it is realistically.
SF isn’t just a boy’s club. Check out The Lord of the Sands of Time and see what you’re missing.
The dial on the hype machine goes up to eleven!
Here’s a neat interview with me about Haikasoru’s launch and some future plans, plus the differences between Japanese and English-language SF! Check it out.
Kill “is tremendously enjoyable, evoking not only Groundhog Day but also Ken Grimwood’s classic book, Replay, and the classic anime The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.
Lord has a “fabulous, borderline batty concept, with some wonderful wrinkles along the way” including references to the poet Robert Burns. “Now that’s something we never expected to see in a Japanese SF novel.”
Two Great Lord reviews
…Ogawa picks interesting times to jump back to, from the dawn of mankind to World War II. Orville and Miyo become very human characters that are easy to relate to, and when they are in danger’s way, suspense fills you over their well-being.
It does, you know.
Also, over at SF Signal, JP Frantz also raves, saying:
After seeing humanity effectively wiped out in stream after stream, O is full of despair, but continues to try to save mankind. This determination, this self-sacrifice is one of the best part of the books. Despite O being a kind of cyborg, he is fully human in his emotions. And he’s willing to do just about anything to save even one timeline for humanity. He’s a terrific character to hang the story on and is the driving force behind the main story line in feudal Japan.
Both reviews gave The Lord of the Sands of Time four stars! Well, what are you waiting for, functional time travel so you can have read the book already? Get to buying now before everyone else has already checked out our first Haikasoru offering! Your friends will make fun of you if you’re the last on your block…
Like Henry V???
All You Need Is KILL: Sakurazaka consciously constructed All You Need Is Kill like a great video game. In this he is mostly successful. The reader will feel immersed into Kiriya’s dilemma, not just through the all the action but also through his internal struggle to keep from giving up, to puzzle out what the hell is happening.
The Lord of the Sands of Time: ...there’s a great deal of passion to be found in The Lords of the Sands of Time. More of a tease than a spoiler— there’s a stirring speech to the troops in the penultimate act that has the same punch as Shakespeare’s St. Crispin’s Day Speech. Yeah that’s right, I just referenced The Forever War and Henry V …