The following first few lines were added as of Summer of the year 2012: It is very sad for me to state this, but the author of this science fiction novel, Mr. Sakyo KOMATSU passed away in July, 2011: only a few months after the Great Thohoku Earthquakes and Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant's accidents in March of 2011. I would like to express my most sincere condolences to one of the biggest loss in the Japanese science fiction writers' community and to the Japanese literature cluture as a whole. Please find his ovituraries on any decent international magazines and news papers. It was such a loss for all of us here in Japan. RIP Komatsu Sakyo.
Now, please note and understand that the following review was written and placed before my knowledge of the author's passing away happened in July of the same year.
As most of you have already known, Mr. Sakyo KOMATSU has been a leader of the very best of those Japanese Science Fiction writers for the last fifty years and is still going strong. This particular master piece has probably been the most wellknown novel of his to Japanese fans. It has sold more than four million, thus 4,000,000 copies in not only in his native country of Japan but also in eleven other nations and languages, including this English translated version, in the world. What amazing things about this novel are: This entier novel of Japan's geological, topo-
graphical, social, and historical fate was writen almost fourty years ago, when nobody knew about the real geophysical phenomenon of highly scientific subjects of plate-techtonics and geophyics; in fact, becasue of this science fiction by Sakyo Komatsu every single layman here in Japan know what the mantle crrents or the theory of the continental drifts by Weggener. These ideas were not mentioned or discussed about even in highschool textbooks then. This novel is just that much important to Japanese people's real concerns and knowledge on its erthquekes and tidal waves: The warnings raised herein the novel are still alive and they all seem so real. I do recomend to read this novel and feel how Japanese people felt in 1972 and then how hopeless or helpless we are in front of the great power of the mother nature, yet there are still some selected individuals, who are wise enough and good enough to forseen the changes and movements, would try to save their people and to survive through all these difficlulties their were placed. Just one another interesting, or in a sense, spine-chilling sensation about this novel is that much of its content are still readable and significat after all those years when we try to look at Japan's recent tsunami and nuclear desasters: Unfortunately what Mr.Komastu had wanted Japanese government to know and act on the natural national desasters were not followed or at least those early warnnings were not utelized fully by the real Japanese government. I believe there are only limited or few copies left on the market, so please get one while you can and see and experiance for yourself what they must have gone through for the past few months. I strongly recomend this novel to everyone who likes good and meaningful sciense fiction. Thank you.