VIZ media to release The Thousand Year Beach by TOBI Hirotaka
Did you know that VIZ also publishes books? I didnt! At least Untill today, when I was informed that VIZ does indeed have a fiction imprint, it’s Haikasoru science fiction imprint. Today VIZ announced that Haikasoru would be publishing The Thousand Year Beach, by Tobi Hirotaka on June 19th. The book centers around the town of Costa del Número an abandoned virtual paradise, that was onece a VR resort. Now left to virtual ruin, it is inhabited only by AI, who suddenly find themselves locked in a deadly conflict with mysterious spiders who are destroying the AI’s idyllic paradise home. The book was originally published in 2002 and should be a must pick up for fans of Sci-fi and future fantasy. You can get your copy on June 19th in print and as an eBook edition for the Amazon Kindle, and in Apple’s iBooks Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Book Store, the Kobo eBooks Store, and the Google Play Store.
Designed to imitate a harbor town in southern Europe, the Realm of Summer is just one of the zones within the virtual resort known as the Costa del Número. It has been more than a thousand years since human guests stopped coming to the Realm, leaving the AIs alone in their endless summer. But now all that has come to a sudden end, as an army of mysterious Spiders begin reducing the town to nothing. As night falls, the few remaining AIs prepare for their final, hopeless battle… War between the virtual and the real begins in book one of the Angel of the Ruins series.
Nick Mamatas, Editor for the book said:
“THE THOUSAND YEAR beach presents an idyllic virtual world, still running long after having been abandoned by humans, that suddenly finds itself invaded by an impossible force. Renowned among SF fans and critics, we invite readers to discover TOBI Hirotaka’s first full-length novel this summer.”
Author TOBI Hirotaka was born in 1960 and won the Sanseido SF Story Contest while still a student at Shimane University. From 1983 to 1992 he actively contributed short stories to