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The Best Japanese Science Fiction Stories by John L. Apostolou, Martin Harry Greenberg

By John L. Apostolou, Martin Harry Greenberg

The 1st anthology to deliver to the West in English translation the paintings of a skilled workforce of eastern technology fiction writers whose works signify a different contribution--rather than usually facing the longer term, they take care of the prior and current.

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Nor does he hide things that are not to his advantage (Murakami 1987 I: 62–63). As mentioned before, fairness and justice are crucial values in a postmodern society. After deconstructing idealistic truth, morality and aims founded on rationality which used to provide links between people, a pragmatic fairness and justice still remain for postmodernists; these do not serve to unite people emotionally or rationally, but simply to prevent society from falling apart. In modern society, people devalue fairness in favour of love and progress: for the sake of loved ones and for the sake of progress, people sacrifice fairness and justice.

They work, but they enjoy their work. It’s work purely for the sake of work, not forced labor. No one is jealous of anyone. There are no complaints, no worries. (Murakami 1985: 333) It is easy to understand that if we were to lose our minds or self-identities, we would gain instead a peaceful society in which people are equal and there is no competition. This is precisely Murakami Haruki’s postmodern utopia. But it is realised only through the sacrifice of love and respect that have long been considered positive values.

From even the most ordinary, commonplace things, there’s always something you can learn’ (Murakami 1980: 95–96). 26 Murakami Haruki’s postmodern world Rat nods and starts thinking; ‘I think I see what you’re getting at, but…’, and swallows the thought. ‘But – what? Once the word was on his lips, there wasn’t anything more he could say’. Rat’s hesitation to approve of the idea that there is something to be learned from everything again indicates a sort of collapse of the modern ideology of instrumental and meritocratic learning.

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