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Terminal Boredom Reviews

Terminal Boredom by Izumi Suzuki

Terminal Boredom: Stories

Izumi Suzuki

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1 review

Imprint: Verso Books
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 20 Apr 2021
ISBN: 9781788739887

The first English language publication of the work of Izumi Suzuki, a legend of Japanese science fiction and a countercultural icon.

4 stars out of 5
Lisa Tuttle
9 Apr 2021

"All these stories are brilliant, but with few exceptions they are bleak"

The seven stories here are not only still relevant but remarkably fresh, even if some tropes are familiar. “Women and Women” is Suzuki’s take on a female-only society in which men, having caused so much trouble and used up most of the world’s natural resources, are kept imprisoned underground, for reproductive use only. It stands out from the many English-language variations due to Suzuki’s jaundiced view of both genders. “Night Picnic”, about aliens trying to imitate humans, is even weirder and funnier than similar riffs by Ray Bradbury and Philip K Dick. All these stories are brilliant, but with few exceptions they are bleak. Despite leavenings of the fantastic, and absurdist touches, the cumulative effect is one of alienation and despair

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