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All You Need Is Kill Buy Now!

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL
HIROSHI SAKURAZAKA

Available on the eBook! The Lord of the Sands of Time Buy Now!

THE LORD OF THE SANDS
OF TIME
ISSUI OGAWA

Available on the eBook! Z00 Buy Now!

ZOO
OTSUICHI

Usurper of the Sun Buy Now!

USURPER OF THE SUN
HOUSUKE NOJIRI

Available on the eBook! Battle Royale: The Novel Buy Now!

BATTLE ROYALE: THE NOVEL
KOUSHUN TAKAMI

Brave Story Buy Now!

BRAVE STORY
MIYUKI MIYABE

Available on the eBook! The Book of Heroes Buy Now!

THE BOOK OF HEROES
MIYUKI MIYABE

Available on the eBook! Yukikaze Buy Now!

YUKIKAZE
CHŌHEI KAMBAYASHI

Available on the eBook! The Stories of Ibis Buy Now!

THE STORIES OF IBIS
HIROSHI YAMAMOTO

Available on the eBook! Loups=Garous Buy Now!

LOUPS-GAROUS
NATSUHIKO KYOGOKU

Available on the eBook! Slum Online Buy Now!

SLUM ONLINE
HIROSHI SAKURAZAKA

Available on the eBook! The Next Continent Buy Now!

THE NEXT CONTINENT
ISSUI OGAWA

Available on the eBook! Harmony Buy Now!

HARMONY
PROJECT ITOH

Available on the eBook! Rocket Girls Buy Now!

ROCKET GIRLS
HOUSUKE NOJIRI

Available on the eBook! Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse Buy Now!

SUMMER, FIREWORKS, AND MY CORPSE OTSUICHI

The Ouroboros Wave Buy Now!

THE OUROBUROS WAVE
JYOUJI HAYASHI

Available on the eBook! Dragon Sword and Wind Child Buy Now!

DRAGON SWORD AND WIND CHILD
NORIKO OGIWARA

Available on the eBook! Mardock Scramble Buy Now!

MARDOCK SCRAMBLE
TOW UBUKATA

Available on the eBook! Rocket Girls: The Last Planet Buy Now!

ROCKET GIRLS: THE LAST PLANET HOUSUKE NOJIRI

Available on the eBook! Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince Buy Now!

MIRROR SWORD AND SHADOW PRINCE
NORIKO OGIWARA

Available on the eBook! Good Luck, Yukikaze Buy Now!

GOOD LUCK, YUKIKAZE
CHŌHEI KAMBAYASHI

Available on the eBook! ICO: Castle in the Mist Buy Now!

ICO: CASTLE IN THE MIST
MIYUKI MIYABE

Available on the eBook! The Cage of Zeus Buy Now!

THE CAGE OF ZEUS
SAYURI UEDA

Available on the eBook! Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights Buy Now!

TEN BILLION DAYS AND ONE HUNDRED BILLION NIGHTS
RYU MITSUSE

Available on the eBook! MM9 Buy Now!

MM9
HIROSHI YAMAMOTO

Available on the eBook! The Navidad Incident: The Downfall of Matías Guili Buy Now!

THE NAVIDAD INCIDENT: THE DOWNFALL OF MATÍAS GUILI
NATSUKI IKEZAWA

Available on the eBook! The Future is Japanese Buy Now!

THE FUTURE IS JAPANESE
HAIKASORU

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METAL GEAR SOLID: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS
PROJECT ITOH

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GENOCIDAL ORGAN
PROJECT ITOH

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BELKA WHY DON'T YOU BARK?
HIDEO FURUKAWA

Available on the eBook! VIRUS Buy Now!

VIRUS
SAKYO KOMATSU

Available on the eBook! Self-Reference ENGINE Buy Now!

SELF-REFERENCE ENGINE
TOH ENJOE

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NOBBLE V: GREYLANCER
HIDEYUKI KIKUCHI

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THE MELANCHOLY OF MECHAGIRL
CATHERYNNE M. VALENTE

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APPARITIONS: GHOSTS OF OLD EDO
MIYUKI MIYABE

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THE BATTLE ROYALE SLAM BOOK
HAIKASORU

Available on the eBook! Battle Royale Remastered Buy Now!

BATTLE ROYALE REMASTERED
KOUSHUN TAKAMI

Edge of Tomorrow Buy Now!

EDGE OF TOMORROW
HIROSHI SAKURAZAKA

All You Need Is Kill Graphic Novel Buy Now!

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL GRAPHIC NOVEL
HIROSHI SAKURAZAKA
NICK MAMATAS
LEE FERGUSON

Phantasm Japan Buy Now!

PHANTASM JAPAN
HAIKASORU

Available on the eBook! Asura Girl Buy Now!

ASURA GIRL
OTARO MAIJO

Available on the eBook! Dendera Buy Now!

DENDERA
YUYA SATO

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RED GIRLS
KAZUKI SAKURABA

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GENE MAPPER
TAIYO FUJII

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Haikasoru Goes Hollywood…Again!

The news can now be revealed!

VIZ PRODUCTIONS DEVELOPING FEATURE FILM BASED ON AUTHOR SAYURI UEDA’S SHORT STORY THE STREET OF FRUITING BODIES

BATMAN Screenwriter Sam Hamm To Develop Script About An Infestation Of Deadly Hallucinogenic Spores

San Francisco, CA, Date February 12 2015 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has announced that its Los Angeles-based film development division, VIZ Productions, is developing the haunting short story, “The Street of Fruiting Bodies,” by famed Japanese author Sayuri Ueda into a feature film, and has retained Batman screenwriter Sam Hamm to write the adaptation.

“The Street of Fruiting Bodies” depicts the sudden spread of a mysterious and lethal species of hallucinogenic mushroom. The infestation is deadly, but it also offers visions of deceased loved ones to the infected, hinting at the reality of an afterlife, or at least a new kind of existence that is beyond human comprehension. Ueda’s story appeared in the anthology, PHANTASM JAPAN, which collects works by several bestselling authors from both the United States and Japan and was published in English in 2014 by VIZ Media’s Haikasoru literary imprint.

Phantasm Japan cover

Jason Hoffs, Head of Production at VIZ Productions, says the story is well suited for feature film adaptation. “Sayuri Ueda turns the ‘killer virus’ concept on its head with an agent that strikes at our emotions rather than our bodies. We hope to marry the pace of a riveting popcorn movie with a compelling meditation on life-after-death, love and memory, and God.”

Screenwriter Sam Hamm is best known for his script for the 1989 Tim Burton film, Batman, and also adapted short fiction for Showtime’s Masters of Horror series. He says of the new project, “Ueda creates a world in which the most profound human emotions – love, grief, longing, and hope – can lead to one’s salvation or one’s undoing, and the true horror is that it may be impossible to tell the difference. ‘The Street of Fruiting Bodies’ is not only disturbing, it is moving.”

VIZ Productions coordinates the licensing of Japanese entertainment media (manga, books and film) to North American-based film studios. The company’s most recent project was 2014’s sci-fi action feature, Edge of Tomorrow, which was co-produced by Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures and starred Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton. The film was based on the novel, ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and available in English from VIZ Media’s Haikasoru imprint. VIZ Productions is also currently developing a feature film adaptation of the hit manga property DEATH NOTE.

The DENDERA giveaway winners!

Some good entries this time around, but who will win our four copies of Dendera? The topic this time around was best or favorite film adaptations of SF/F novels/stories. Let’s see…

Definitely Nicole for her note about I, Robot. It just struck as as a very, uh, brave admission.

Another winner is Leslie, who flattered us with Edge of Tomorrow. Does that kind of pandering really work with us? YES, YES IT DOES!

Ben B gets a nod for his entry about Heinlein adaptations Predestination (which we hadn’t even heard of before now!) and Starship Troopers, a movie which always upsets people. That’s worth a free book!

Finally, Takehaniyasubiko, you are not a “pleb”, you are a winner! Yes, Blade Runner, of course Blade Runner, always Blade Runner.

It’s the DENDERA giveaway contest!

We are soooo excited about our forthcoming novel, Dendera, by Yuya Sato. We have a great cover, a great blurb, and it’s a great and harrowing story about a group of elderly women who had been sent to their deaths and who instead made a life for themselves, only to be confronted by a hungry bear with a supernatural intellect.

Dendera was quite famous in Japan. In fact, it was made into a feature film in 2012:

You may not recognize the actors, but imagine Susan Sarandon and Meryl Streep running around in the snow, and you’ll have a sense of the popularity and reputation of the players.

Which brings us to our contest question: what is your favorite film adaptation of a science fiction or fantasy novel? Just write us a little essay (or poem!) in the comments and you may be one of our lucky, and skilled, winners. Our four favorite answers will get a free copy of Dendera. We ship anywhere, so don’t be afraid to play even if you’re outside the US. We also read Japanese, Spanish, Greek, German, and Chinese, so give it a whirl! We’ll announce the winners around noon on Friday the 23rd, so get your little essays in!

Dendera

Makura Katsuragawa placed her hand over her nose as if to cover up the ravages of frostbite. “You’ve been saved,” she said.

“Saved? What does that mean, saved?” Kayu Saitoh asked.

“Well, this isn’t Paradise, if that’s what you mean.” Makura Katsuragawa grinned. “We’re on the other side. Of the Mountain, that is. The Mountain’s between us and the Village. So the Villagers won’t find us here. It’s a good place. Now isn’t that a comfort?”

Kayu Saitoh had never thought about life outside the Village during the seventy years that she had resided there, so Makura Katsuragawa’s words gave her a new shock. She understood vaguely on a theoretical level that there were places outside of the Village, of course, but the idea that she herself was no longer in the Village was beyond her comprehension, in the same way that she understood that birds could fly but couldn’t imagine flying herself.

“So you Climbed the Mountain too, right, Kayu?” Makura Katsuragawa lowered her face. “I was mighty sorry to see you in the state you were, collapsed in a heap at the top. But everything’s all right now. We dragged you along to Dendera.”

“Den . . . dera?”

“That’s what we call this place. When I was dumped in the Mountain eighteen years ago I was all afeared and cold, the crows were pecking at me, but then the people of Dendera saved me, just like you. Sasaka Yagi and Naki Sokabe and Nokobi Hidaka all Climbed the Mountain that year too, and all of them were rescued as well.”

“This place . . . has been here since before you Climbed the Mountain?” Kayu Saitoh asked. More…


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