10.1: Ten Billion Days & 100 Billion Nights pre-read: Disaster communities & transmission of ideas between cultures.
Happy New Year! Matt & Adrian are back to talk about one of Matt's picks. Ten Billion Days & 100 Billion Nights by Ryu Mitsuse (https://amzn.to/2Vw3CM8) is a classic of Japanese science fiction which was just recently (2011) translated and published in English. It tells an epic story that begins at the beginning of the universe and ends at its end.
This episode, Adrian & Matt discuss Japanese science fiction in various media, how Japanese & Anglo SF influenced each other, and how disasters can create communities amongst those who live through them.
Books & movies mentioned include (links help support Spectology):
* Ten Billion Days & 100 Billion Nights by Ryu Mitsuse
* Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
* Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
* The works of David Mitchell
* The Master & Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
* L'incal by Jodorowksi & Moebius
* Neon Genesis Evangelion
Some links for further reading:
* Japanese SF: http://sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/japan
* Top 10 SF novels of all time: https://www.sfwa.org/2011/09/top-ten-japan-all-time-best-sf-novels/
* Haikasoru (Mitsuse's publisher): http://www.haikasoru.com
* Tale of the Bamboo Cutter: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tale_of_the_Bamboo_Cutter
* Eight Dog Chronicles: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nansō_Satomi_Hakkenden
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