Posts Tagged ‘literature’


‘Japan Sinks’ author Sakyo Komatsu dead at 80

Written by Musashi on . Posted in Books

Sakyo Komatsu, the science-fiction author responsible for the 1973 novel Japan Sinks (and inadvertently responsible for the resulting parody film The World Sinks Except Japan – which our very own AnaKhouri reviewed here…) has died at 80, from pneumonia. Komatsu also wrote the novel which served as the basis for the 1980 post-apocalyptic film Virus. […]


Off-Topic: 'Bordertown' returns!

Written by Musashi on . Posted in Books

I was overjoyed tonight to learn that the shared-world fantasy anthology series Bordertown will return with a new volume at some indeterminate point in the future. Bordertown was one of my favorite series to have emerged from the ‘shared-world’ fad back in the 80′s (the other being Robert Asprin’s Thieves’ World), mainly because it sewed […]


Wired on Christopher Handley lolicon plea

Written by Musashi on . Posted in Manga

Wired posted a brief analysis of the obscenity charges brought against U.S. manga collector Christopher Handley, who was arrested for trafficking in ‘obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children’, aka smutty manga. AnaKhouri has blogged about this in the past, so I won’t gild the lily so-to-speak, but Wired’s piece is worth checking […]

Kaoru Kurimoto Dead at 56

Written by AnaKhouri on . Posted in Uncategorized

Kaoru Kurimoto, a popular Japanese author, has passed away at the age of 56. ANN Article In a career that spanned just over 30 years, Kurimoto wrote 400 books, including the 126-volume fantasy series The Guin Saga. I read the first couple books and, quite frankly, thought they were lame. Only the sweet illustrations Yoshitaka […]


Literary legend J.G. Ballard dead at 78

Written by Musashi on . Posted in News

While we’re on a literary note here at Yellow Menace, I thought it would be appropos (though disheartening) to note the passing of writer J.G. Ballard. Though he may not be a household name here in the States (unless you live in my household, I suppose) many people will recognize Ballard as the author of […]

Free Filipino sci-fi

Written by Musashi on . Posted in News of the World

Wow – I’m surprised I haven’t come across this before. Being both FIlipino and a sci-fi geek of the highest order, this seems like a publication custom-designed for my consumption. The Philippine Speculative Fiction Sampler is just what it sounds like – a free, online sampler platter of sci-fi/fantasy writing from the land of my forebears. […]