Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime

Nov 16th 2007
Christopher Bolton, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr., and Takayuki Tatsumi
University of Minnesota Press | 296 pages | 2007
ISBN 978-0-8166-4973-0 | hardcover | $60.00
ISBN 978-0-8166-4974-7 | paperback | $20.00

Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams is a rich exploration of the genre that connects prose science fiction to contemporary anime. Bringing together Western scholars and leading Japanese critics, this groundbreaking work traces the beginnings, evolution, and future direction of science fiction in Japan.

"Eye-opening, entertaining, and informative, Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams provides a fascinating, in-depth overview of Japanese prose science fiction and animated series and films, from prewar precursors to the most recent cutting-edge works." —Ian Condry, author of Hip-Hop Japan

"The Japanese imagination of both the future and the bizarre come together in Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams, highlighting what may be the most inventive literary and popular culture anywhere in the world today." —John Whittier Treat, Yale University

Contributors: Hiroki Azuma, Hiroko Chiba, Naoki Chiba, William O. Gardner, Mari Kotani, Livia Monnet, Miri Nakamura, Susan Napier, Sharalyn Orbaugh, Tamaki Saitô; Thomas Schnellbächer.

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