Welcome to Haikasoru.com. Haikasoru—that’s “high castle” with a Japanese accent—is the brand new imprint of Japanese science fiction (with plenty of fantasy and even a dash of horror) in translation, brought to you by VIZ Media. And this is our blog. Here we’ll run excerpts of our forthcoming fiction, essays by our staff, original short fiction from Japan, and the usual sort of “Hey, lookie here!” sort of webloggery one does on the Internet these days.
I’m Nick Mamatas, Haikasoru’s editor. As the name implies, we’re SF fans of fairly longstanding. In Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, Japan, having won the Second World War, has occupied the American west coast, including California. VIZ, a company specializing in Japanese media, has its main outpost right off Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. We do hope to take over. Until that day, though, every time I mention where in The City I work, I get the response, “You work on Fisherman’s Wharf? Really? At which Ben & Jerry’s?” In addition to leading the charge for Haikasoru, I also edit VIZ’s “tradebooks”—the novels, art books, non-fiction, and other stuff that isn’t manga. I’m not your only blogger though, there is also…
Eric Searleman, a guy who edits both original comics and Japanese comics. He digs hot rods, skateboards, Leigh Brackett, and spicy food. He also has a mad fascination with Orientalism. He read a ton of Andre Norton novels as a child (mostly due to the Jeff Jones cover art), and is still hopelessly devoted to kaiju eiga and tokusatsu silliness. In other words, he’s a professional nerd.
Masumi Washington, the editor-in-chef of Haikasoru imprint. We’re also hoping to make this blog a truly international experience, including some content in Japanese and other languages. No matter where you are reading us from, feel free to leave a comment saying hello. And for our Japanese readers, here’s a hello for you:
That’s all for now. Keep clickin’ and we hope to hear from you soon.