Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights

Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights

by Ryu Mitsuse

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Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights by Ryu Mitsuse

Ten billion days—that is how long it will take the philosopher Plato to determine the true systems of the world. One hundred billion nights—that is how far into the future Jesus of Nazareth, Siddhartha, and the demigod Asura will travel to witness the end of all worlds. Named the greatest Japanese science fiction novel of all time, Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights is an epic eons in the making. Originally published in 1967, the novel was revised by the author in later years and republished in 1973.

 “‘Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights,’ that's a lot of time, but Ryu Mitsuse covers all of it in under 300 pages, and the result is quite fabulous.” –Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421542874
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication date: 10/24/2011
Series: Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 2 MB

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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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!
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Enjoy it very much