THE MANGA MAN
A Novel and a Graphic Novel-in-Progress with Daniele Serra
Introducing the new anti-millennial hero Johnny Hara—the half-animé, half-human post-Zen “Butoh” dancer-assassin from the Edge of the Future.
His mission: To stop the warlords who seek to clone the universe.
The Manga Man is the first novel in ten years by Alexander Besher, the Philip K. Dick Award nominated author of Rim, Book One of the Rim Trilogy (Rim, 1994, HarperCollins), Mir and Chi (Simon & Schuster, 1998 and 1999). An epic tale six years in the writing, Besher probes the far reaches of the Other Side of the 21st century. Today, William Gibson writes about the present and Neal Stephenson tackles the historical past, but Besher in his inimitable style fearlessly head-bangs his way into the multi-dimensional future of human civilization.
Advance praise for THE MANGA MAN:
“A hidden SF master.”—Rudy Rucker, Philip K. Dick Award winning author of "Postsingular," "Spaceland," and "The Ware Tetralogy"
“Pure Superfuture cooked down in sf’s last mad scientist’s lab. Enough ideas for thirty other books blistered down into a sharp little drug that’ll reengineer the front of your head. You want a hit of this. Trust me.”—Warren Ellis, author of the "Transmetropolitan" and "Global Frequency" series of graphic novels
“Fascinating! Great!”—China Miéville, author of "Iron Council" and "Perdido Street Station," winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the British Fantasy Award
“This book would make Philip K. Dick delirious with joy. Nobody else in science fiction has ever pushed the envelope this hard—or with better success.”—Spider Robinson, best selling novelist and the Robert A. Heinlein Estate-appointed completer of sequels to Heinlein’s novels
“Exquisitely kinky. Beyond twisted, far-reaching visionary, psychedelic, ayahuasca-riffic, with all the blend of pain, dark, kink, futurism, extropianism, techlust and synaptic overload that I adore in fiction.”—Mistress Carmen the Dopamine Dominatrix, Los Angeles
Synopsis of THE MANGA MAN:
It is the year 2062. The Psi-Revolution is in full swing. Thanks to the latest advances in meta-technology, the collective dreams of the entire planet have become privatized. The entertainment industry’s dream-malls are filled with bio-networked Sleepers who are hooked to its pipeline of Rapid Eye Movement ‘REM’ sitcoms, adventure serials, and sleep-soaps.
It’s a world in which things, already gone awry, get further convoluted. Now the International Planetary Union must face the latest threat to global security. The remilitarized state of Imperial New Nippon is engaged in a sinister plot to launch a diabolical psi-virus codenamed “Fingermoon” that will conquer Omnispace, the successor to Old Cyberspace. Their ultimate goal: To clone the universe.
Enter Jake Hill, the American writer of a series of bio-animé action serials. He discovers that his popular “Tao” Smith REM-strip has been hijacked by Johnny Hara, a ’toon assassin who goes by the moniker of “The Hanging Butoh.” A freedom fighter from the uncharted dimension of the Z-Zone, this phantom dances his kills of New Nippon’s warlords through the choreographed steps of “Butoh.”
This post-Zen “Dance of Darkness” preaches that salvation can only be attained, not through the traditional means of “Enlightenment,” but through a dark state of grace known as “Endarkenment.”
Can Jake Hill, the Manga Man, stop The Hanging Butoh and resurrect his former life? Or will he confront his inner darkness and join Johnny Hara in a race to save the world before the curtain falls on the collapsing stage of human existence?
As fast-paced, humorous and eclectic as his highly acclaimed Rim trilogy of novels—the Philip K. Dick Award nominated Rim, and its sequels Mir and Chi—Alexander Besher’s latest novel introduces a zany rogues’ gallery of unforgettable characters, while providing a blizzard of innovative ideas and futuristic cliff-hangers.
The Manga Man is the first title in Besher’s “Dance of Darkness” trilogy of alternative noir fantasy novels to be followed by The Black Tao.