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

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Since the end of the Second World War—and particularly over the last decade—Japanese science fiction has strongly influenced global popular culture. Unlike American and British science fiction, its most popular examples have been visual—from Gojira (Godzilla) and Astro Boy in the 1950s and 1960s to the anime masterpieces Akira and Ghost in the Shell of the 1980s and 1990s—
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Published November 26th 2007 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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“Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams” is a collection of essays written about Japanese Science Fiction edited by Christopher Bolton, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr., and Takayuki Tatsumi. These essays are split into two sections, the first one is “Prose Science Fiction”, and the second section is “Science Fiction Animation”. These essays discuss Japanese Science Fiction from its origins (oddly enough in detective fiction) to the anime of today, which has produced some extraordinary innovative storylines. Th ...more
Sean O'Hara
Jul 29, 2016 Sean O'Hara rated it liked it
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The first half of this book, focusing on written Japanese SF, is really good, but for some reason the anime section displays the worst traits of cultural and lit studies -- authors citing Freud like anybody takes him seriously these days (including one chapter that discusses penis envy in relation to yaoi!), and western writers who assume that every piece of Japanese SF must be reflecting on WWII/Hiroshima. There's one chapter that I skipped because the author deployed academic jargon the way Na ...more
At times very dry and other times interesting, Robot Dreams suffers from the usual malaise of media-essay type books – being a bit full of its own opinions,

the first section is a discussion of written Japanese Science Fiction - I have no point of reference for these, having not read any direct, so felt more at home in the second part, concentrating in the main on anime.

The interesting parts of this are the depiction of women as cyborgs, and of the emasculation of men. It can get all a bit Freu
L.G. Estrella
Jan 18, 2014 L.G. Estrella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book contains a collection of essays that cover a range of topics from the origins of Japanese science fiction to how science fiction has influenced anime.

It's a little tricky to review this book. The essays, as is so often the case with such collections, vary from the very good and interesting to the very bland and boring. Of particular interest (although not necessarily correct, in my opinion) as some of the essays on the development of what might be termed the cyberpunk genre of anime a
Jun 28, 2015 Tamara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't read every chapter because there were a few things that I was unfamiliar with or didn't want to get spoiled because I'm in the middle of some of the anime. However, I did read about 75% of the book. It had some really interesting insights into Japanese science fiction.

Some of the most intriguing chapters were the ones that spoke about the origins of Japanese science fiction, Japanese women in scifi, cyborgs and sexuality, loan words from different languages that have infiltrated Japane
Feb 05, 2009 Priya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A book with essays about SF, not SF stories themselves---this confused me (Note to self: "read small print on front page"). Not having read many (okay, almost none) of the works referenced made this rather inaccessible to the lay reader. It also reads a bit too much like a uni text book (of which I really don't need more) as authors provide extensive references. I enjoyed the essay about the Pacific (and Japanese identity-formation) but the one on women's SF seemed a bitforced (and a bit "tickin ...more
kayla reed
Oct 22, 2012 kayla reed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know much about Japanese Sci-Fi literature, so I was pretty unaware of the topics discussed in the first half of the book, but it was still enjoyable. The discussion of anime in the second half was very interesting as well, and it was nice to understand and get a better perspective on the works that were being discussed.
Jan 14, 2009 Squishyent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, sci-fi
Most of the essays in this book were fascinating. I'd recommend the book to anyone who's interested in Japan's cultural development, the history of Japanese science fiction, or some of the cultural things hidden in a few of the more popular anime series. I flat out disagreed with a couple of essays, though, to the point that I had a hard time finishing them.
Jul 23, 2014 Bianca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the organization of these essays!
Nov 14, 2010 Yupa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raccolta di saggi. Quindi: alti e bassi, analisi interessanti e altre più superficiali. Comunque, diversi buoni spunti e molti dati interessanti.
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