Orbital Cloud Won 9th mystery ranking

My 2nd SF novel “Orbital Cloud” won 9th ranking of Weekly Bunshun Best 10 Mystery 2014. Thanks for professional mystery readers who vote for me.

Weekly Bunshun Best 10 Mystery 2014

In Japan, there are several mystery novel ranking, and Weekly Bunshun Best 10 Mystery has longest history of them, since 1977. I’m very glad that my SF recorded on this ranking. Though I compose Orbital Cloud as thriller, theme of It is space development, fanatic description for gadgets covers whole and I hope readers feel the sense of wonder. Orbital Cloud is SF novel, but submitter of these mystery ranking recommended it as “mystery entertainment”. Thanks for their capabilities.


Craig Mod “Our days book”

Voyager Japan, Inc send me a coming beautiful book wrote by Graig ModOur Days Book” translated by Takeshi Higuchi and Kei Ohara. Press release is below.

Inquiring how paper book and ebook should stand by. Craig Mod “Our days book” is going to be published by Voyager Japan, Inc in December 15th , 2014 Press release from Voyager Japan, Inc.

LCD Glowing iPad stands align beside traditional books at night, this is cover image of this book. Book title and LCD are printed with opaque white ink on fabric-like blue cover paper without coatings. No commercial massages, no price and no barcode blocks on book body. “Primitive book” was my first word as I see “Our Days Book”.

Most Japanese book was covered by CMYK printed and coated cover paper, and ISBN barcode block sits on top-left position of backside. This killing design format is not officially required by bookstore nor wholesale channel, but almost of all books follow. Mod and Voyager team hack it. “Our Days Book” is designed minimally. Well considered 2-color printed cover shows title, author and beautiful illustration what this book is.

This books is about how paper book and ebook stand in our days. Mod’s agitation for us is hack books, composed by 7 essays written since 2007.

“Hacking” is not suitable words for literature, and I don’t like literature guys to use these tech words like as post modern critics uses scientific words emotionally. But Mod and his team are the suitable ones to say “Hack books”.

Mod doesn’t describe what proper noun are on his book. Instead to write who/what is this, he wrote searchable word. We can google them w/ my handset. Mod wrote as “Cover images are favicon” on ebook platform. Just like these minimal words. For us who are familiar to Kindle, cover = favicon idea is smooth to understand. Mod told that their team “created repository of git” just as we git. Mod did SEO, tweet, like, kickstarter as we do.

And he made many type of books. Good looking paper booklet, small Apps, NewsStand contents and Flipboard. All of these are book.

My favorite essay is that Mod made a 3kg paper book contains dense history of development of Flipboard, how team ran. I was moved he printed first commit log of git repository on cover. How we live in harvest-full days of books are getting new position.

Mod tells us that we already have power to hack books on this book.

Publisher Voyager is going to have event of this book.


I fear if this translation is not better than Google’s…


on IP 2.0 board

I got upon panel discussion at IP 2.0 symposium had by KADOKAWA ASCII Research Lab.  This “IP” is a abbreviation of intellectual property, not standing for Internet Protocol :), and a purpose of IP 2.0 is to consider around changing IP world for next decades.  Another member of discussion are Tsugu-hiko Kadokawa president of KADOKAWA, KADOKAWA-DOWANO president Nobuo Kawakami, JAIDA director Yu-chi Tanaka.  ASCII reported about this panel discussion – KADOKAWA・DWANGO川上会長、「機械が作った著作物」に期待:IP2.0シンポジウムで著作権法と知的財産権の未来を考える .

I propose IP 2.0 board to consider “Machine made IP”, which is my writing theme on first commercial short story “Collaboration”.  Emergence of intelligence is coming soon enough, and my interest is how human stand for A.I. supported society.

For thinking deeply, I started to learn word2vec.


Mystery Book ranking picked “Orbital Cloud”

My second novel “Orbital Cloud” got 14th position on mystery nobel ranking Mystery ga yomi-tai! carried by Mystery Magazine Jan,2105 published by Hayakawa Shobo.
Japanese mystery genre are not same with English world, it contains not only detective stories but covers thriller, adventure, espionage and SF like my “Orbital Cloud”.

I’m glad mystery readers voted for my 2nd wrote novel, and voted for self-publishing debut author.
I published “Gene Mapper” in 2012 when Kindle Direct Publishing started in Japan, and debut with rewrote edition “Gene Mapper -full build-” published by Hayakawa Shobo in 2013.

This way, self to commercial publishing debut is upcoming process in Japan. On “Mystery ga yomi-tai” ranking, I found an another self-publishing debut author Yashiro Toichino and his debut work “Ghost ≠ Noise (reduction)”. I congratulate to be cited by Japanese mystery readers.


Short story “Tropical Night” for Cyberpunk anthology

On “Raku-en Tsui-ho rewired -Cyberpunk anthology-” by Gen Urobuchi and Nozomi Omori, my short story “Tropical night” appeared. I wrote this SS for SF-Con Japan anthology “Natsu -iro no Souzou-ryoku” in this August.

Anthology “Raku-en Tsui-ho rewired” collects 8 cyberpunk short stories which inspire Urobuchi-san to write script of animation movie “Rakuen Tsuiho“. 4 of these SS are Japanese author’s work. My SS “Tropic Night” is about quantum computing brings us for next world.

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