Speculative Japan 4


Speculative Japan 4

"Pearls for Mia" and Other Tales

The fourth book of our well-received Speculative Japan series introduces new talents from Japan, and fresh new stories by some of the outstanding authors we've introduced to the English-speaking world already. From deep in the mountains of the Japanese countryside to the plains of frigid Pluto, from a warm South Pacific isle to a freezing mountainside, to Mars or inside a lonely psyche... a positive smorgasbord of speculative enjoyment, in English for the first time!

“…the stories you’ll find collected here will broaden your view of what is possible or imaginable, provoking unusual — and sometimes uncomfortable — thoughts. That is as it should be.”
—David BRIN, preface to Speculative Japan Volume 1



  • “Pearls for Mia” is one of the stand-out stories, almost Arthur C. Clarke-esque in its romantic use of the scientific nuances of slowing down time. Ueda’s excellent “Vermilion” is a tantalizing glimpse into a world where humans and supernatural beings live side by side, one I could have spent far longer exploring. Perhaps the weirdest piece is Osamu Makino’s “Dancing Babylon,” which comes across like the shared fever dream of Franz Kafka, Alasdair Gray and Chuck Palahniuk... outstanding writers and skilled translators ... put this collection on any SF/fantasy/horror fan’s reading list.
    Iain Malony, Japan Times


  • Pages: 272
  • Trade paperback 5" x 8" (127mm x 203mm)
  • ISBN
    Softcover: 978-4-902075-84-7
    Ebook: 978-4-909473-02-8
  • Cover: Katō Naoyuki

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