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Japanese science fiction rising in the US

19/09/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin

Buy Usurper Of The Sun in the USA - or Buy Usurper Of The Sun in the UK

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US publisher VIZ Media has announced the release on September 15th 2009 of Zoo and Usurper Of The Sun, their latest two books to be published by their Haikasoru imprint. Haikasoru is the first imprint based in the U.S. dedicated to Japanese science fiction and fantasy in translation.

Zoo by Otsuichi

A man receives a photo of his girlfriend every day in the that he can keep track of her body's decomposition. A deathtrap that takes a week to kill its victims. Haunted parks and a child with the power to do anything at all, and his poor unfortunate parents. These are just a few of the stories by Otsuichi, Japan's master of dark fantasy. Zoo sold 740,000 copies in Japan and was also made into a film that combined live-action and animation.

Usurper Of The Sun by Housuke Nojiri

Aki Shiraishi is a high school student working in the astronomy club and one of the few witnesses to an amazing event—a mysterious tower being built on the planet Mercury. Soon after, the enigmatic Builders construct a ring around the sun, and the ecology of Earth is threatened by its immense shadow. Aki is inspired to pursue a career in science, and the truth.

She must determine the purpose of the ring and the plans of its creators, as the survival of both humanity and the alien Builders hang in the balance. The novel won a Seiun Award in 2002 for Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year.

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