Yukikazeby Ch hei Kambayashi
More than thirty years ago, a hyper-dimensional passageway suddenly appeared over the continent of Antarctica, the first stage of an attempted terrestrial invasion by an enigmatic alien host. Humanity, united by a common enemy, managed to push the invaders back through the passageway to the strange planet nicknamed "Faery." A special air-combat force was then created to go there and eliminate the alien bases once and for all.
Now, in the midst of a war with no end in sight, Second Lieutenant Rei Fukai carries out his missions in the perilous skies over Faery. Attached to the 5th Squadron of the FAF's Special Air Force, an elite tactical combat and surveillance unit, his duty is to gather information on the enemy and bring it back--no matter the cost. His only constant companion in this lonely task is his fighter plane, the sentient FFR-31 Super Sylph: YUKIKAZE.
Meet the Author
Chohei Kambayashi was born in 1953. In 1979 he won the 5th Hayakawa SF Contest with his debut work, Kitsune to Odore (Dance with a Fox), and followed that with his first novel, Anata no Tamashii ni Yasuragiare (May Peace Be on Your Soul). His distinctive style and approach, and his thematic focus on the power of language and humanity's relationship with machines, quickly made him a fan favorite. His numerous long and short series have won him the prestigious Seiun Award four times, and in 1999 he won the 16th Japan SF award.
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This was such a great story. It got so deep into the main character's state of mind and what he was feeling. On top of that the base plot of the novel became more interesting with every page I turned. The main character is a fighter pilot who flies one of only 13 of these super fighter aircraft. As he flies his missions he learns more and more about what humanity is fighting, and who/what the enemy really is. I thought it was a great blend of science fiction into a military story. I just ordered the sequel!