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Headcode
Kenji Siratori
iUniverse, 266 pages

Kenji Siratori
Kenji Siratori is, by his own account, a brilliant superhip writer of great intellectual hypermodern fiction. Besides a series of online publications, his previous works include Bloodelectric, Human Worms and Smart-d. Born in 1975, he currently lives in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan.

Author's website
Author's artwork
E-TEXTS:
"AIDS" at New Word Disorder Magazine
"Artificial Insemination" at Exquisite Corpse
"Black Paper"
"Buddha"
"Coda"
"The Etude of Murder" at Exquisite Corpse
"Genetic Toy
"Gene TV"
"Hardcore", (also here, and here, and here)
"Head"
Headcode. Internet Remix edition (also here
Human Worms. Internet Remix edition
"The Last Boy"
"Mars"
"Mode" (also here
"NDRO"
"Neo Drugismo"
"Reptilian"
"Smart-d: poetry", (also here, and here)
Technocrime and Others
Various short pieces: 1, 2, 3, 4
Audio file of "egg"
INTERVIEWS: 1, 2, 3

BOOK REVIEWS:
Blood Electric:1. 2a, 2b, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Publisher's page for Blood Electric

Past Feature Reviews
A review by Georges T. Dodds

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At least the Voynich manuscript has pretty pictures.

I may regret this review in 20 years when Siratori is a household name and William Gibson is forgotten has-been, but I seriously doubt it. My personal opinion is that Kenji Siratori's Headcode is over 250 pages -- if only he'd written a sonnet -- of incomprehensible, undecodable (why not be truly hypermodern and write it in machine language?), tortuous not to say torturous, plotless, needlessly repetitive, self-indulgent gobbletygook -- a cyber-slang metalanguage to the cognoscenti -- that one hopes was printed on recycled paper lest it have the added sin of killing trees and contributing to global warming [If you thought that sentence was incomprehensible wait until you read Headcode]. Any book blurb where the author is described as brilliant, superhip, and the work "great intellectual hypermodern fiction" already predisposes one to think of such a work as an exercise in elitist::ego_masturbation, if I can coin a Siratorism. Some reviewers -- see links at left -- appear to think that Siratori lives up to the hype, and that his work is extending literature into new avenues, breaking the rules and dragging us kicking and screaming into the future -- I just don't buy it. Rather than wasting pixels rendering Siratori's "prose" here, I direct you to the short "Internet Remix edition" of Headcode which will save you reading the 250 page version. If this somehow excites you to delve further into such "writing" additional E-text links here should serve your needs. If you can explain to me in a rational manner what Headcode tries to convey, without using Siratori-speak -- for this author answers interviewers' questions in the same "meta-language" as he writes in -- please let me know.

Copyright © 2004 Georges T. Dodds

Georges Dodds is a research scientist in vegetable crop physiology, who for close to 25 years has read and collected close to 2000 titles of predominantly pre-1950 science-fiction and fantasy, both in English and French. He writes columns on early imaginative literature for WARP, the newsletter/fanzine of the Montreal Science Fiction and Fantasy Association and maintains a site reflecting his tastes in imaginative literature.


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