Nippon 2357: A Utopian Ecological Tale

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Thomas Redburn, American expatriate living in Japan, falls down drunk one night and wakes up onboard a time machine flying to 24th century Japan. His benign abductors take him to a nearly perfect world. Yet, separated by centuries from his wife and children, his grief multiplies as he faces universal happiness. A classic utopian novel with a Japanese twist.
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About Alex Shishin

Alex Shishin has published fiction, non-fiction and photography in Japan, North America and Europe. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Shishin is a permanent resident of Japan.

His recent and significant fiction publications include the following. "Booger Eater" in LITnIMAGE (2010). "Booger Eater Mon Amour" in Eclectica (2010), “In the Valley of Love and Delight” in Eclectica (2007). “Counterparts” in Prairie Schooner (2006). “Bulldozer” in Fiction Warehouse (2004; winner of an award from storySouth for one of the top online short stories of 2004). "Fish" in Intertext (2003). "The Eggplant Legacy" in Prairie Schooner (2003).

Shishin's short story "Mr. Eggplant Goes Home," first published in Prairie Schooner (1996) received an O. Henry Award Honorable Mention in 1997 and was anthologized in Student Body: Stories About Students and Professors (University of Wisconsin Press, 2001). His short story "Shades," originally published in Sunday Afternoon (Kobe, 1992) was anthologized in The Broken Bridge: Fiction from Expatriates in Literary Japan (Stone Bridge Press, 1997) and reprinted by invitation in The East in 1998.

“The Bridge of Dreams” (a novella published with "Predators" by Smashwords) first appeared in The JAIAS Journal (2009). Parts of Shishn's Smashwords novel Nippon 2357 (under the novel's earlier name) were published by Struggle Magazine in the late 1990's.

Non-fiction by Shishin has appeared in many diverse journals, which include The Japan Times, The Mainichi Daily News, The Asahi Evening News, The Japan Quarterly, The East and Kyoto Journal. (Kyoto Journal has also published a number of his fiction pieces.) His early literary essays were collected in The Shy Voice in American Literature and Other Selected Critical Works, 1984-1997 (Seiji Shobo, Tokyo, 1997). Shishin has published scholarly articles extensively in Japan and has been anthologized in the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

Shishin’s book Rossiya: Voices from the Brezhnev Era (a Russian-American memoir of a train odyssey through the Soviet Union and Poland) was published by iUniverse in 2006. It is available as a print-on-demand book from, Barnes and Noble the iUniverse online bookstore and a host of other distributors. The e-book edition is available exclusively from the iUniverse online bookstore.

In March 2008 Shishin published a collection of photographs entitled Ordinary Strangeness with Viovio in conjunction with his joint exhibition at the Twenty-first Century Museum of Art, Kanazawa, Japan. It is available from the publisher online.

Alex Shishin is co-author with Stephan F. Politzer of Four Parallel Lives of Eight Notable Individuals (Smashwords, 2011).

Alex Shishin holds degrees in English from the University of California, Berkeley (BA) the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (MFA) and the Union Institute and University (PhD).

ISBN numbers of Smashwords books:

"The Bridge of Dreams" and "Predator": Two Short Novels ISBN 978-1-4523-8979-0
This ebook is being updated to match the texts of "Ebisu Bridge" and "Among Predators" while retaining the original titles. Thank you for your continued support. Alex Shishin

Nippon 2357: A Utopian Ecological Tale
ISBN 978-1-4523-6226-7

The Cyber Dust Stories: Lost Internet Short Stories and Essays Centering on Japan
ISBN: 978-1-4523-8800-7

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Review by: Ecowitch on June 10, 2011 :
An interesting tale that combines ecological disaster, the fall of capitalist society and the subsequent utopian society with time travel. Set in Japan (and the country formerly known as Japan) it follows Thomas Redburn as he tries to gets to grips with the new society that is based on generosity, sharing and everuone playing their part while balancing the remaining discriminations and capitalist ways of life he still holds on to. Very well written, inventive and imaginative Shishin provides an alternative world view based on ecological and social balance based on the civilisations of old, before money, greed and selfishness took over society. A very good read that makes you think without you even realising it.
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