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Jim Rion

Summer Chills

Suushi Yurei

Summer, ah summer. In Japan, summer is the season of watermelon, fireworks, and cold noodles in the shade. And it is also, interestingly, the season for frights. In America (and other similar lands, I reckon), we reserve our season of fear for the autumn and winter months, when nights are long and the world around us …

The Lines Are Blurring

The August issue of Hayakawa’s SF Magazine, the only monthly in Japan dedicated to our chosen genre, is dedicated in large part to one…ermmm…person: Miku Hatsune. She got essays, art and even short stories dedicated to her. Who is Miku Hatsune, you might ask? Why, she’s the world’s first “Virtual Pop Idol,” a persona used …

Made of Myth

In an interview with Nick Mamatas which Howard Andrew Jones posted on the Black Gate blog, regarding the recent release of Noriko Ogiwara’s Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince (Book two in the Tales of the Magatama series), Mr. Mamatas mentioned an interesting point. According to him, the author was inspired by reading …

Stuff and Nonsense

I’d like to begin by mentioning the catastrophe that has hit Northeastern Japan. As you all know, the earthquke and tsunami of March 11 left a swath of destruction unrivaled in Japan since the Second World War. Thousands upon thousands of people have lost their lives, countless others have lost their homes and livelihoods, and of …