Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights

Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights

by Ryu Mitsuse

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ISBN-13: 9781421549316
Publisher: Haikasoru
Publication date: 11/20/2012
Series: Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 372,175
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Born in Tokyo in 1928, Ryu Mitsuse graduated from Tokyo University of Education with a degree in the sciences, after which he took up the study of philosophy. He debuted with “Sunny Sea 1979” in 1962, and his work—which often combines Eastern philosophy and hard science fiction—includes Tasogare ni kaeru (Returns in the Twilight) and Ushinawareta toshi no kiroku (The Chronicle of a Lost City). Mitsuse made SF history when his short story “The Sunset, 2217 A.D.” was translated into English for inclusion in Best Science Fiction for 1972. With artist Keiko Takemiya, he created the manga Andromeda Stories. Ryu Mitsuse died in 1999.

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Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Four_String More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it quite a bit. At times it can be hard to follow, but the book as a whole was excellent! If you don't know even the most common of knowledge about philosophy, Christianity, or Hindu and Buddhist cosmology then a good portion of the books setup phases will be lost on you. The author harshly assumes that you already know a good deal about the historical characters and the events that he uses to introduce them to you. For most readers that wouldn't be a problem. For those who only read SF, you can just wiki the names you don't recognize and you won't lose a thing. Like I said, its hard to follow at times. Later in the book the author is constantly introducing new technology to you that is unique to this story, without explanation. Through repetition you will gradually begin to understand and recognize most of his imaginary devices. The book in its entirety is about the destruction of the universe throughout the uncomprehending measure of existence, and Humankind's desperate and hopeless struggle within it. I highly recommend reading it. The books blend of Philosophy, varying cosmologies add an incredible amount of depth to the story. Not to mention the beautifully executed imagery from known historical locations to unfathomable planets and future civilizations that span over huge leaps in time. Also, book jacket GLOWS IN THE DARK, FOOL!
jovemako on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I thought this was great! It took me much longer than I thought it would to read. However, I found out that was only because of the amount of thought it took to truely understand the story. (which is not a bad thing. I'd rather read a book I have to think about than one that's too simple.) I found I couldn't have background noise going on while I was reading this otherwise I'd get too distracted and couldn't make the connections I needed to. I'm also extremely thankful that I've taken a couple of World Civilization classes before I ended up buying this. Make it easier to understand. It's definately not your typical (if not stereotypical) science fiction story.I definately recommend this to sci fi fans!
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Enjoy it very much