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Fantastic The first twenty pages or so are lyrical, stunning, with a spare, lonely view of the history of our world Then Atlantis, Jesus, and Buddha show up and get it on, but I won t spoil it for you This book, like all the best ones, leaves you with questions than answers.I read the book in translation, not the original Japanese The translator happens to be a friend of mine, and here he has done a wonderful job.In his afterword, the author cites Clarke, Simak, and van Vogt at influences, but I feel echoes of Wells Time Machine, Asimov s Last Question, and even Anderson s Tau Zero, but perhaps most of all Zelany s Lord of Light, though it has been many years since I read any of those It is most certainly its own unique story, though, not derivative of anything.The blurb calls it Japan s greatest SF novel, and it is great, but personally I would put it behind Toh s Self Reference Engine I have read very little Japanese SF though, so I really don t have a lot of context. To say this book starts promising is to understate the case The centerpiece of the book a cyborg Buddha battling Jesus with masers and other energy weapons is genus But, beginning with the end of that fight a literal deus ex mechina , about halfway through, the book become an unintelligible exploration of the death of the world, the Galaxy, other galaxies, the universe, with the breathlessness of Japanese manga I kept expecting there to be a reason one of the three characters was female, but nothing turned on it at all You know, somehow, that it has something to do with the creator and the Big Bang, but even after reading the afterward, for the life of me, I ve no clue how. #Free Pdf õ Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights ó Plato, Buddha, Christ What Brings These Men To The Far Future To Witness The End Of The World Reads L To R Western Style Ten Billion Days That Is How Long It Will Take The Philosopher Plato To Determine The True Systems Of The World One Hundred Billion Nights That Is How Far Into The Future He And Christ And Siddhartha Will Travel To Witness The End Of The World And Also Its Fiery Birth Named The Greatest Japanese Science Fiction Novel Of All Time, Ten Billion Days And One Hundred Billion Nights Is An Epic Eons In The Making Originally Published In , The Novel Was Revised By The Author In Later Years And Republished In Ten Billion Days And One Hundred Billion Nights, That S A Lot Of Time, But Ryu Mitsuse Covers All Of It In Under Pages, And The Result Is Quite Fabulous Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered 221111 weird but then what did i expect rigorously scientific naturalism, to the 11th power, of religious cosmological events, characters, worlds do not know when it was conceived, why it is considered best of j sf, but this might be a case of cultural ignorance combined with lack of hard science knowledge no real characters, only something like avatars of earth religions or thought plato, siddhartha, asura jesus mind blowing scales, numbers, dimensions, and wooden characters and action figure plot, like a combination of a c clarke and pulp like a e van vogt it is said to be buddhist cosmology combined with scientific cosmology maybe it is but i would not know not surprisingly, i saw this mostly like j animated sf fantasy movies, with bad dubbing This book begins with The Big Bang, a theory on early development of the Universe, it follows with the few episodes in history where Ryu Mitsuse blends Philosophy, religion and eventually our author moves to rock hard science fiction to answer the beginning of The Big Bang.In PhilosophyRyu Mitsuse narrates the episode of Plato s quest towards a legendary island of Atlantis, where like all of us Plato is is also confused on each and everything which we see around us like Who planted groves of trees and taught the people how to gather their fruit and cultivate their seeds Who built roads and towns, waterways and aqueducts Who showed the people the art of metallurgy, the smelting of iron In ReligionSiddh rtha s journey towards Brahm and Jesus of Nazarath episode with Pontius Pilatus followed with Crucifixion of Jesus In all this the common element is the anticipation for a new world a new beginning Plato wanted his Ideal State , Siddhartha waited for the Age of Enlightenment , Jesus of Nazareth awaited for final judgment and kingdom of God.By all this Ryu Mitsuse proves search for the beginning of The Big Bang is vain or simply dilemma causality dilemma is commonly stated as which came first, the chicken or the egg and moves towards rock hard science fiction where we see Cyborgs, which we never expects Cyborgs of Jesus, Plato and Siddhartha Gun fight with Plato, Siddartha, and Jesus This all things were awesome but the inclusion of Asura a King of kings or Absolute being I couldn t comprehend might be beyond my comprehension I searched for the meaning for the usage of Asura as King of kings or Absolute being, I found in Sanskrit su denotes life force it might be the reason.In some reviews I saw readers stating this books tells about an alien influence on the growth and development of humanity but I felt Ryu Mitsuse illustrated the concept of an unconditional reality which we call with alternate term for God the Absolute power who controls the whole universe. 10 Billion Days and 100 Billion Nights is a piece of late 1960s Japanese sci fi that the Internet tells me is kind of a big deal I wouldn t be surprised if that were the case I first encountered in on Strange Horizons, where it was the topic of one of their book review roundtables The elevator pitch of Christ Versus Mecha Buddha In Space is what immediately drew my attention, but I was also drawn by the description of it as blending science fiction and religious mythical historical fiction I soon learned that the elevator pitch was both completely accurate and completely false Make no mistake 10 Billion Days and 100 Billion Nights is a bleak, bleak book And yet its bleakness and terror strike at me in a way I feel moved to visit and revisit, much as I regularly rewatch Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead I generally try to avoid reread reviews on this blog, but I have a lot of things to talk about, so I shall 10 Billion Days and 100 Billion Nights has an core cast of larger than life figures Prince Siddartha yes, that Prince Siddartha , Jesus Christ, Plato They are rendered in this novel as deeply human, united in their yearning to understand the world around them not just its material essence, but its true meaning and nature In a world that seems full of cruelty and devoid of reason, their desire is understandable The tragedy is that the gods they turn to for answers are remote and angry not just indifferent, but full of malice Plato may seem like an odd addition to this case of religious figures, but I think Plato is meant to represent a secular yearning for knowledge His Allegory of the Cave isn t mentioned explicitly, but it s a core part of his philosophy and strongly associated with him I can t believe that that wasn t lurking in the background of how and why Mitsuse chose him as part of his cast.And then there s Asura She is, by far, the most tragic of the characters, the ruthless driving heart Her desperation and need to know and fight the forces that had destroyed her world Her position as the adversary, locked in endless battle In some ways her characterization matches recent pop culture depictions of Lucifer as not that bad after all, the reframing of the divine enemy as a hero by reframing the divine as villainous The choice to render Asura a teenage girl is a strange one now I can t imagine how strange it would have been in the 1960s She is the keen one, the intelligent one, the terrifying and ferocious warrior She s also the oldest and most seasoned, the one with the greatest sense of what has been lost and what there is left to lose I don t think Mitsuse s intent was the simple visual irony, but I think this juxtaposition of visual and narrative makes Asura a timeless figure within the narrative Jesus and Siddartha and Plato were all grounded in the material and mortal world Not so with Asura She is timeless and ageless where Siddartha, Jesus, and Orionae are worn out, she is full of vigor and drive Asura has a vitality no wonder she outlives the others But oh, is she a tragedy The ending is truly sad It s ambivalence, the emptiness, the knowledge that the foe she d sought has already won The sheer prospect of her quest s continuation and knowing she ll have to continue it alone What does she have left to fight for How can she do anything other than fight Let me touch on the SF nal bits now Nominally, this book falls under the heading of science fiction, and Mitsuse makes use of genre tropes to mine the terror of deep time, the vast misery of grinding destruction that spans millennia The sublime horror of thousands of years of hibernation The existence of cyborgs and advanced tech seem like a cruel joke no matter how fancy our toys, we cannot escape our essential nature And for humans, that essential nature is a yearning for understanding that is easily manipulated, what seems to be a endless march toward self annihilation The fact that the main cast becomes cyborgs in their quest is a sign of the cost of their struggle These enhancements, made mostly for destruction, were imposed by a greater power out of their control in becoming than human, they become closer to their adversaries equals, and in so doing leave the humans and mortals they fight for further behind.This is not a happy book.It is also, I think, a particularly timely one Asura, Siddartha, and Orionae struggle against a world that is guided by a seemingly unstoppable force of mind numbing malice Their ally is as high handed as their enemy, while also being far less effective And yet, the three of them fight on They push themselves to the brink, fight, scream, and risk everything in their need to assert their right to exist in freedom and safety I don t think you have to look far in the US to see how this might feel analogous to the current political situation, where every right and protection is under government assault Asura closes out the novel alone, yearning for happier times, knowing that there is nothing left for her but to keep moving in a universe that seems hopelessly empty and cruel She s already rejected collaborating with the enemy What other option does she have What indeed Contrasting all this is Mitsuse s lush and beautiful descriptions of the natural and material world, of sensations seen and felt Every description is beautiful Every sky, ever disintegrating remnant of a long dead civilization The immediacy and groundedness of his prose contrasts the incomprehensible and abstract notions of time, space, and technology that form the sf nal elements, a reminder that even though all these characters constantly look outward for truth and understanding there is much in the real world that deserves our attention and respect as well 10 Billion Days and 100 Billion Nights is a bleak book with a terrible despair at its heart But it s also a beautiful book, many small stories woven together in lovely vignettes that ground its grand, philosophical struggles It is a question that lingers, in hope of an answer Seeing as this book is difficult to grapple with, I m linking the roundtable that inspired me to pick it up in the first place There is entirely too much hand wringing over what genre it fits in, but the various takes and insights are interesting and helpful as a starting place for grappling with the novel It s pretty milquetoast on the topic of religion, which, that seems strange considering three of four main characters are explicitly religious figures I can t speak to Mitsuse s beliefs, but it seems pretty clear to me that the novel is, at the very least, deeply skeptical about religion The Atlanteans fictional religion is explicitly described as a means created by the powerful for manipulating and controlling the populace Why should Christianity and or Buddhism be any different Religion in this book is an ideological tool It preys upon an earnest yearning to make sense of a capricious, opaque world in order to manipulate and control Religion and secular philosophy, as embodied by Plato Orionae can offer answers but, Mitsuse seems to ask, where are those answers coming from What do the providers of these answers have to gain Can they be trusted The answer, in 10 Billion Days and 100 Billion Nights, is terribly, sorrowfully, no. I really don t know what to make of this 2.5 Several episodes through the life of our planet are told Plato looks for Atlantis, Jesus is crucified, Siddharta leaves his palace and meets Asura, but then it becomes apparent that there s a Planetary Development Committee behind all of this and these episodes become connected, mankind is destroyed, a few million years later Jesus, Siddharta, Asura, have for some reason become cyborgs who can launch nuclear rockets from their hands and battle it out Siddharta, Orionae and Asura try to stop the shadowy organization that destroyed mankind, while Jesus works for the bad guys Asura becomes a galaxy or something.The disjointed structure makes it a surprisingly dry read, for a book where space mecha fights are a thing you get ridiculous tech babble like Orionae wrapped the coil in several gravitationally sealed spaces You have to maintain the link to the Dirac sea in an imaginary numeric circuit there s a special melancholy towards the end Mono no aware that saves some of it, but I really wonder whether it s worth it to slog so far, felt much longer than 284 pages.Bonus points for that interesting Mamoru Oshii essay at the end who knew the creator of the Ghost In The Shell movies used to be part of the extreme left, trying to subvert society This is a difficult one to rate I feel like some of it was a little over my head I m not sure if that was a problem with translation or my thick skull Probably the latter, since I found the prose to be quite good The translator actually deserves a great amount of praise for doing such a nice job The book is very metaphysical It covers a lot of big questions like what are the boundaries of time and space , what lies beyond the boundaries of our universe , why does everything decay But the book doesn t give you an omnipotent view of what s happening I felt as confused about the events as the characters in it Even the end left me feeling a little confused about what I just read Ultimately, I believe the book is about the struggle between life and entropy.However, don t let my confusion or description of its themes make you think this is some slow moving and boring philosophy book disguised as a sci fi novel There is plenty of action in this book, and it s of a very wild nature There is a rather long chase in which Jesus of Nazareth is using a maser that s right a maser, not a laser to hunt Siddhartha aka Buddha who retaliates with mini nuclear missiles he has been reincarnated as a cyborg There s something you don t read every day Overall, the book is a good, quick read, that will leave you thinking about big questions. If our universe is defined by the limits of time since the Big Bang, then what lies beyond that boundary To try to answer that question Mitsuse has mixed hard science fiction, heavy on cosmology, and the three of humanities great philosophical traditions And by mixing, I mean pitting against one another in a battle for supremacy and to save humanity from destruction at the hands of some not so benevolent beings Ten Billion Days and Hundred Billion Nights also covers a tremendous amount of ground starting at the very beginning of the universe to its final death from entropy Without going into too much detail, the novel tells a story of an alien influence on the growth and development of humanity, and how it has manifested itself in different religions and philosophies throughout history These are the parts of the novel in which Mitsuse is at his best The writing for each time period resembles the religious and philosophical texts of the time, and the science fiction elements of the plot and battle scenes are worked into the story line seamlessly But the most compelling part of the story for me though was the insights into Buddhism and that outlook compares with the Christian worldview At times I didn t fully understand what was going on, and at times the constant descriptions of the characters every thought process got to be a bit tedious but I m still amazed at how Mitsuse was able to work so much into one science fiction story and still write something compelling.Ten Billion Days and Hundred Billion Nights was an ambitious undertaking, and I believe the Mitsuse pretty much pulled it off It assumes quite a lot of prior knowledge about both physics and metaphysics, and it moves so quickly it can sometimes be confusing, but in my opinion it was well worth the effort to read I very much enjoyed my first foray into Japanese science fiction. This book is so batshit insane I don t know what to think I think I enjoyed it.