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It’s your GENE MAPPER winners!

Lots of great choices this time around, but here are the four entries in our Gene Mapper giveaway contest!

First up is Crane! We wouldn’t be a Japanese publisher if we didn’t like austere poetry. We’ll run the whole comment right here for your viewing pleasure:

secrets no
people watching glass
ceaseless eyes : eyes ceaseless
glass watching people
no secrets

We also liked Sarah C’s comment for her shout out to Fujii pal Paolo Pacigalupi here. Gene Mapper‘s vision of the future isn’t all bad, so we hope the book makes you feel better!

Then there is Dr. Phil, who managed to terrify us with a future without backwards compatibility. How would you like to be a 3G phone, forever?

Finally, Chris P. is terrified of the surveillance society, so he clearly needs a paperback since he sure won’t be buying the ebook.

Congrats all!

It’s the GENE MAPPER giveaway contest!

Happy June, all! We are super-excited for this month’s release, Taiyo Fujii’s hard SF novel Gene Mapper! The book has already received a great review from Publishers Weekly, which called it a new kind of cyberpunk novel. it’s near-future, scientific, and strangely whimsical in a way.

Gene Mapper is a story about a lot of “next steps.” The Internet has been replaced and upgraded; Augmented Reality is commonplace, as are genetically modified organisms. So that’s our theme for this week’s contest—what’s next? What emerging technology are you most interested in? Frightened of? (Don’t say jetpacks! There won’t be any jetpacks!) Tell us about it in a comment below: be serious, be funny, provide links, write a poem. Communicate in English, Japanese, Spanish, German, or Greek. We’ll read it. The best four will win a hard copy of Gene Mapper.

The future is now!

The RED GIRLS winners!

Thanks for all the entries! We set Intern Jackie to choose the winners, and this is what she had to say!

The RED GIRLS giveaway winners!

By Jackie Gross

We got some lengthier entries this time. Pretty sure some of you are trying to put novels into the comments section. But what fun stories!

Our winners for the four copies of Red Girls:

Teri’s entry was clearly written, creepy, and humorous. I hope I’m never in a position where my coworker tells me it’s “my job to deal with kids and ghosts.” Good on you for reprimanding a pushy ghost, too!

Ken, the ex-ghost hunter, drew us in with Will’s backstory and his descriptions of the gutted cabin. Ken’s entry should serve as ample warning to avoid old buildings that come with a story of a drowned child. I keep imagining the edge of that bathtub and the sloshing water. Eep!

Tom McBride’s umbrella ghost story gave off a more subtle kind of creepiness. On cloudy days, beware a stranger smiling under an umbrella . . . Just how late do ghosts arrive, anyway?

Finally, Andy Hendry, in addition to divulging how teens have (or at least used to have) fun in Wales, warns of a mountain where you should never camp—unless you want to hear giggling ghost children, that is.

Thanks to all for your entries!

It’s the RED GIRLS giveaway contest!

It’s time for another giveaway contest, and this time we’re giving away four copies of Red Girls, the latest Haikasoru release from Kazuki Sakuraba of Gosick
fame.

Red Girls deals with three generations of an illustrious family in post-war Japan, and contains at its heart a mystery—who was the victim of the murder a psychic grandmother confessed to? A pretty straightforward crim…wait, psychic?

Yes. Red Girls won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award in 2007, but it is a supernatural mystery, a modern fantasy. Well, unless psychic powers are real, in which case the book is not a fantasy. And that brings is to the theme of our giveaway contest!

Ever experience anything supernatural or psychic or ghostly or weird? For real? For real real?! Tell us about it in the comments in a short essay. We’ll choose the four best winners on Friday April 17th, and noon, and will ship the winning books to you, no matter where you live, freeee!

And feel free to submit in English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, German, or Greek. We’ll also take poems.

So, Red Girls. Psychic phenomena. Fantasy or mystery. Tell us your mystic secrets and maybe you’ll win a free book!


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