Thursday, 28 May 2009

2001 Nights

Just finished reading the manga 2001 Nights, by Yukinobu Hoshino.  It was really good, although I don't completely know what happened in it.  The series is a combination of short stories all happening within a timeline of a few hundred years.  The stories are sometimes related to each other, but there are a few one shots in it as well.

Its a sci-fi manga, telling the exploits of humanity in the Space Age.  Many of the stories revolve around colonizing other planets, often with catastrophic problems.  There are a lot lot weird concepts that are kind of hard to grasp, such as anti-matter planets, warp drives powered by black holes, and even a living planet.  Some of the stories really make you think about what could be out there.  

One thing to note:  while there were life on some of the planets, there weren't any extraterrestrial intelligent life.  There were mostly just different types of plants (some carnivorous) and primitive life forms like lizards, fish and birds.  Though also important to know, man was not able to explore beyond the Milky Way in the course of the manga.

Its kind of hard to write a review on it, since its not just one story.  All I can really say is that I really can't recommend this for everyone, but if you are a sci-fi buff, this will probably be right up your alley.  

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