Housuke Nojiri was born in Mie, Japan, in 1961. After working in instrumentation control, CAD programming, and game design, he published his first work, The Blind Spot of Veis, based on the video game Creguian, in 1992. He gained popularity with his subsequent works the Creguian series and the Rocket Girls series. In 2002, he published Usurper of the Sun (Haikasoru 2009), ushering in a new era of space science fiction in Japan. After first appearing as a series of short stories, Usurper won the Seiun Award for best Japanese science fiction novel of 2002. His other works include Pendulum of Pinieru and Fuwa-Fuwa no Izumi.
Usurper of the Sunby Housuke Nojiri
Aki Shiraishi is a high school student working in the astronomy club and one of the few witnesses to an amazing event--someone is building a tower on the planet Mercury. Soon, the enigmatic Builders have constructed 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… See more details below
Aki Shiraishi is a high school student working in the astronomy club and one of the few witnesses to an amazing event--someone is building a tower on the planet Mercury. Soon, the enigmatic Builders have constructed 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 species--humanity and the alien Builders--hangs in the balance.
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I read this a few months ago, it was good enough that I've picked up another Nojiri book (Rocket Girls) and am looking forward to his next release. Wonderfully written and translated, this is hard science fiction set in modern day with mostly modern technologies. There may be a bit of a feel of a lecture in the background on the nature of consciousness, intelligence, and communication, but it contributes to the story rather than diminishes from it. I highly recommend it.
It was hard to put down this very intense (and informative!) modern-day sci-fi adventure that spans the lifetime of heroine Aki Shiraishi, starting from her high school days all the way to her 60s. If you like your fiction with a good helping of science fact and theory, this is a great read. The way this book looks at extraterrestrial life and phenomenon is a new perspective I've not yet encountered before, and it really drives home that we tend to place human values on things that we don't understand. It really broadens the mind to what could be out there in the universe, and just how different it might be from what we expect.
This is a great read. Fan of the publishing company. Sci-fi fans will enjoy it.
I read a lot of SF. I believe this is the first Asian author I've picked up. There was deferentially a different social viewpoint. I enjoyed.