The first volume in our 4-volume English translation, this anthology brings together some of the best talent from Japanese horror fiction. Peer into some unique, new interpretations of the world sketched in Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, by masters working from the Asian perspective. <more>
He's about the unlikeliest "hero" you could imagine—the Administrator. Sitting alone—very alone—at the head of a hierarchy of robots, he has a kind of absolute local authority—but one severely constrained by those same robots. He mediates between a bureaucratic off-world "Federation" with off-world military forces anxious to supplant its authority on the one hand, and on the other the conflicts between and conflicting rights of the sometimes primitive native inhabitants and off-world settlers. For he is not just an administrator, he's a colonial administrator, part of a system to administer worlds after a period of extensive war and conquest. Through the 4 novellas that make up the book we see different worlds through the eyes of 4 such administrators. In each the administration system is a little older (the novellas span about 70 years and are part of an extensive series), the on-world native inhabitants have more developed societies, the off-world "Federation" is more bureaucratically atrophied, the demands of the settlers against the natives more persistent and intrusive.