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Planetes by Makoto Yukimura
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Most people familiar with the name Planetes are those who've only watched the anime series this manga is based on. That's a real shame, because not only are the two almost wholly different in tone and focus, the books are really something special.

I've heard it said that the difference between genre fiction and literary fiction is the commitment to tell the story of the characters' humanity rather than a story of plot events. By that definition, you can count Planetes as one of the few examples of literary science fiction. It is a story of the personal and societal impacts of near-future space exploration, but underpinning it all is a story about the human passion to reach beyond the earth.
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