Self-Reference ENGINE

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This is not a novel.

This is not a short story collection.

This is Self-Reference ENGINE.

Instructions for Use: Read chapters in order. Contemplate the dreams of twenty-two dead Freuds. Note your position in spacetime at all times (and spaces). Keep an eye out for a talking bobby sock named Bobby Socks. Beware the star-man Alpha Centauri. Remember that the chapter entitled “Japanese” is translated from the Japanese, but should be read in Japanese. Warning: if reading this book on the back of a catfish statue, the text may vanish at any moment, and you may forget that it ever existed.

From the mind of Toh EnJoe comes Self-Reference ENGINE, a textual machine that combines the rigor of Stanislaw Lem with the imagination of Jorge Luis Borges. Do not operate heavy machinery for one hour after reading.

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About the author

Toh EnJoe was born in Hokkaido in 1972. After completing a PhD at the University of Tokyo, he became a researcher in theoretical physics. In 2007 he won the Bungakukai Shinjinshō (Literary World Newcomer’s) Prize with “Of the Baseball.” That same year brought the publication of his book Self-Reference ENGINE, which caused a sensation in SF circles and which was ranked No. 2 on SF Magazine’s list of the best science fiction of the year. Since then, EnJoe has been one of those rare writers comfortable working in both “pure literature” and science fiction. In 2010 his novel U Yu Shi Tan won the Noma Prize for new authors. In 2011 his “This Is a Pen” was nominated for the Akutagawa Prize, and he won Waseda University’s Tsubouchi Shouyou Prize. In January 2012, he won the Akutagawa Prize with “Doukeshi no Cho” (Butterflies of a Harlequin). His other works include Boy’s Surface and About Goto.

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VIZ Media LLC
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Published on
Mar 19, 2013
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9781421561820
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / General
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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◆ 2013年本屋大賞第10名

◆ 第44屆日本星雲獎長篇部門得獎作

◆第31屆日本SF大獎‧特別獎

◆第6屆「大學讀書人大獎」第2名

◆「我想讀SF!2013」第1名

◆「週刊文春MYSTERY BEST10 2012」第4名

◆ 「這本推理小說了不起!2013」第11名

◆ 政治大學英語系專任講師伍軒宏專文解說


十九世紀是個雖死猶生的時代。

死亡不是生命的終點,而是化為另一種形式——

「屍者」,和活人朝夕相處。


人類/屍者‧語言/沉默‧意識/無知

你是否曾經思考過,怎麼樣才算是個人?

答案就在——《屍者的帝國》

稀世的故事天才‧伊藤計劃X語言的魔術師‧圓城塔

聯手獻上一場由約翰‧華生領銜主演,縱橫五湖四海的壯闊冒險!


上帝創造人類,人類創造屍者;當屍者從無邊黑暗睜開雙眼時,他會看見什麼……?


十九世紀,由維克托‧法蘭肯斯坦博士開發的生物創造技術普及世界各地。

這種將「靈素」寫入死者體內而產生的新生命稱為「屍者」,被人類普遍用在勞動和軍事用途上。

倫敦大學的醫學生約翰‧華生因為表現出色,獲凡赫辛教授推薦加入直屬維多利亞女王的祕密情報機關,成為一名間諜。他接受上司M的指令前往阿富汗內陸調查傳聞由阿列克塞‧卡拉馬助夫建立的「屍者的帝國」。

他和負責記錄的助手星期五一起動身前往阿富汗。和阿列克塞長談一夜的華生知道了最早的屍者——沙萬仍舊活著,同時也見到人類夢寐以求的新型屍者的存在。

而且已經消失的「維克多筆記」中也記載著解開屍者之謎的關鍵。為了找到那份筆記,

華生踏上了他從未想像過的遙遠旅程,看見了從未想像過的另一個世界……


【名家推薦】


「由兩位鬼才聯手炮製的傑作。」

——(《這本推理小說了不起!2013》選評)


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「《屍者帝國》是兩名鬼才橫越死亡阻隔所完成的科幻巨作,以虛構的「屍者(工業)革命」串起十九世紀的全球歷史,更透過虛構的故事,為「人類意識」這哲學提問下了極佳註腳。身為小說愛好者,看到華生、凡赫辛、卡拉馬助夫兄弟們、科學怪人等經典角色輪番上陣,一邊覺得怎麼可能(那麼神),卻又感動到起雞皮疙瘩。刺激!細膩!真實!《屍者帝國》讓蒸汽龐克邁入新的里程碑!」

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