Usurper of the Sun

Usurper of the Sun

by Housuke Nojiri


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L to R (Western Style). The mysterious Builders have brought humanity to the edge of extinction; can they be reasoned with, or must they be destroyed? 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 Builders have constructed a ring around the sun, threatening the ecology of Earth with an 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421527710
Publisher: Haikasoru
Publication date: 09/15/2009
Series: Usurper of the Sun Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Housuke Nojiri was born in Mie, Japan, in 1961. After working in instrumentation control, CAD programming and video 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 Girl series. In 2002, he published Usurper of the Sun, 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. More information can be found on his website: (Japanese only)

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Usurper of the Sun (Novel) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Zebulon_XII More than 1 year ago
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.
MaowangVater on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Peering through the astronomy club¿s telescope, a Japanese schoolgirl is the first to observe a giant tower on the planet Mercury. When other observatories confirm its existence Aki Shiraishi becomes the most interviewed person on Earth. It propels her into a career in astronomy. When the tower begins to construct a ring around Mercury that blocks sunlight from reaching earth, climactic disaster shakes the planet and civilization is in chaos. Eight years after her initial discovery and as the most prominent scientist in the new field of ringology, Aki arrives at Johnson Space Center in Houston to train for the Vulcan Mission, a mission to send a spacecraft to Mercury to destroy the ring.
Shrike58 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading like "Rendezvous with Rama" filtered through "Blind Sight" by Peter Watts, the emphasis here is on the science and the concepts. This means that while Nojiri has succeeded in keeping to Greg Benford's dictum to "make it weird," the level of characterization feels very old school and I don't mean that in a good way. The exception would be in the character of Aki Shiraishi, and her drive to understand an extra-solar migration (even as it threatens human existence) is well rendered; though perhaps that is simply a function of me filling in the blanks from having watched a hundred or so anime series. I'm reluctant to say much more, as even though this novel (really a fix-up) is rather dry, it does evidence a lot of hard thought and so is worth reading on that basis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great read. Fan of the publishing company. Sci-fi fans will enjoy it.
Cephius More than 1 year ago
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.