Jordan Taylor

Out of this World
A translator reviews untranslated Japanese science fiction and fantasy books

First, We Make the Cows Spheres.

2024-02-11T20:33:25Z

Spherical cows of lab-grown beef feed a population of genetically engineered humans as “foreigners” flatten the Earth, a space-faring scavenger searches for new planets to scrounge from while really, really hating onions, a man in the midst of the COVID pandemic discovers his true identity as Box Man, and the Little Boy fails to detonate over Hiroshima in this collection of comedic sci-fi stories by the author of Yokohama Station SF.

The Chronicles of Leende

2024-01-11T14:57:55Z

Julia Shreiber, daughter of Hektor Shreiber, hero and captain of the knights of the country of Shreiber, travels with her father to the land of Leendere, a beautiful country of mystery and magic, where a young man named Tristan de Elwyn acts as their local guide. This land is feared by outsiders due to the silver plague, an illness with no cure whose victims die as hard silvery scales spread across their body, but Julia comes to love the land, and learns how to live her life as she wants it, not as others want her to.

The Maiden of the Book Sings Vol. 4

2023-12-11T18:16:12Z

The series comes to a close as Angus and friends set out to stop our big bad villain from destroying the world, while we learn in the process about the history that led to these events. Why did the woman in the book lose all her memories? What exactly are Spells? Why does this doll insist on following me around?

A Fairy Tale Legend (Book Two): The End of a Grand Story

2023-11-11T17:43:06Z

After the events of the first book, Pechka begins to settle into her new life in the city of Papas, and life has never been better. This ends when her past comes back to haunt her and steals her most prized possession, and she wants it back. For the first time in her life, she sets out on a journey for herself, to achieve a goal she set, not just to flee, but she eventually realizes that this journey wouldn't just decide the fate of her beloved memento; the fate of all humanity rests in the balance.

The Joyous Song: The Museum Planet

2023-10-14T19:27:43Z

Far in the future, humanity has built an artificial planet, essentially a second moon for Earth. This planet is named Aphrodite and houses every instance of beauty found, from paintings to musical performances, to plants and animals. Many of the museum's curators are “connected” individuals, people who have undergone brain surgery to allow them to connect directly to expansive databases and search for information using only their mind. Ken Hyogo is not one of them. He is connected, but he's not a curator, rather a member of the VWA (Vigilante's with Authority), a police-like organization, assigned to Aphrodite to maintain order.

The Unseen Moon: The Museum Planet

2023-09-11T20:03:40Z

Far in the future, humanity has built an artificial planet, essentially a second moon for Earth. This planet is named Aphrodite and houses every instance of beauty found, from paintings to musical performances, to plants and animals. Many of the museum's curators are “connected” individuals, people who have undergone brain surgery to allow them to connect directly to expansive databases and search for information using only their mind. Ken Hyogo is not one of them. He is connected, but he's not a curator, rather a member of the VWA (Vigilante's with Authority), a police-like organization, assigned to Aphrodite to maintain order.

The Tale of the Koi Maiden's Betrothal

2023-08-12T19:02:55Z

When Magoichirou's father dies, he inherits his father's manor while his younger brother has taken over the family business, an arrangement everyone agrees with. Magoichirou happens to also inherit the mermaid living in the pond on the manor grounds. The mermaid, Otatsu, insists that she and Magoichirou should get married, an idea he doesn't fully support. In order to keep her entertained while also convincing her to give up on chasing after marrying him, he tells her stories about marriages between humans and non-humans, which rarely end well.

The Railway Crossing Ghost

2023-07-11T18:11:34Z

After losing his wife to illness and his job to lack of passion, aging journalist Matsuda finds himself assigned to an article on ghost stories at the women’s magazine he’s been working at. As he looks into a local ghost sighting, he quickly finds himself connecting the ghost captured on film to a woman murdered there, and then connecting that woman to violent crime groups and a corrupt politician. Can he discover the name of this mysterious woman and reveal the darkness that led to her death?

Flying Peacocks

2023-06-12T14:47:50Z

After an incident at the quarry at Shibure Mountain, fire no longer burns as easily. And that’s all I’m going to tell you right now.

The Maiden of the Book Sings Vol. 3

2023-05-13T15:11:56Z

Angus continues his journey with the woman in his book collecting Spells. Having reunited with a long lost friend, he once again sets out to search for Spells.

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