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With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
ACF 1839: SELF-REFERENCE ENGINE is now available
THIS IS NOT A NOVEL. THIS IS NOT A SHORT STORY COLLECTION. THIS IS SELF-REFERENCE ENGINE
Award Winning Japanese Sci-fi
Has North American Debut
From VIZ Media’s Haikasoru Imprint
VIZ Media’s literary imprint Haikasoru has
announced today’s North American debut of author Toh EnJoe’s SELF-REFERENCE
ENGINE, a work of hard science fiction where vignette, story, and philosophy
combine to create a novel designed like a concept album. In Japan, EnJoe’s
prize-winning fiction is well known for blending hardcore science fiction with
ENGINE is available now and carries an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN. An eBook
edition is also available for the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, the
Barnes & Noble’s Nook Books Store, and the Sony Reader™ Store.
publishes some of the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and
fantasy stories for English-speaking audiences, and is the first imprint based
in the U.S. dedicated to Japanese science fiction and fantasy in translation.
This is not a novel. This is not a short story
collection. This is Self-Reference ENGINE. Instructions for Use: Read chapters in order.
Contemplate the dreams of twenty-two dead Freuds. Note your position in space-time
at all times (and spaces). Keep an eye out for a talking bobby sock named Bobby
Socks. Beware the star-man Alpha Centauri. Remember that the chapter entitled
“Japanese” is translated from the Japanese, but should be read in Japanese.
Warning: if reading this book on the back of a catfish statue, the text may
vanish at any moment, and you may forget that it ever existed. From the
mind of Toh EnJoe comes Self-Reference
ENGINE, a textual machine that combines the rigor of Stanislaw Lem
with the imagination of Jorge Luis Borges. Do not operate heavy machinery for
one hour after reading.
“Self-Reference ENGINE is unlike any typical science fiction novel,” sayseditor Nick Mamatas. “On one level,
this is an astounding work of hard science fiction by a brilliant author with a
PhD in physics. But it’s also extremely rich with literary allusion. If you’re
a reader interested in how the fundamental laws of physics and the space-time
continuum can be bent or even broken, or are prone to liking everything from the
meta self-referential aspects of Mystery
Science Theatre 3000 to avant-garde postmodernism, SELF-REFERENCE
ENGINE is a must-read!”
EnJoe was born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1972. After completing a PhD at the
University of Tokyo, he became a researcher in theoretical physics. In 2007 he
won the Literary World Newcomer’s Prize with “Of the Baseball.” That same year also saw the publication of his
book, Self-Reference ENGINE,
which caused a sensation in science fiction literary circles and was ranked #2
on SF Magazine’s list
of the best science fiction of the year. Since then, EnJoe has been one of
those rare writers comfortable working in both “pure literature” and science
fiction. In 2010 his novel, U Yu Shi
Tan, won the Noma Prize for new
authors. In 2011 his “This Is a Pen”
was nominated for the Akutagawa Prize, and he won Waseda University’s Tsubouchi
Shouyou Prize. In January 2012, he won the Akutagawa Prize with “Butterflies of a Harlequin.” His other
works include Boy’s Surface and About Goto.