Fiction for the 21st Century
by Kenji Siratori
Virtual literary forums, online zines, digital writing circles, visitors to these havens for cyber-writers may already be familiar with Kenji Siratori: a young Japanese writer who is currently bombarding the internet with wave upon wave of highly experimental, uncompromising, progressive, intense prose.
Now with the publication of his debut novel, Blood Electric, Siratori痴 highly-original work will be exposed to a far wider audience. His is a writing style that not only breaks with tradition, it severs all cords, and can only really be compared to the kind of experimental writing techniques employed by the Surrealists, William Burroughs and Antonin Artaud. Unlike these innovators however, Siratori stands as a real 21st-century boy. Embracing the image mayhem of the digital age, Siratori痴 relentless prose is nonsensical and extreme, avant-garde and confused, with precedence given to twisted imagery, pace and experimentation over linear narrative and character development.
Vividly describing the coming to consciousness of an artificial intelligence set against a Blade Runner-esque apocalyptic landscape, Blood Electric draws from genetic engineering, biological warfare, highly-advanced computer games, ultra-violence and gratuitous sex crimes in this non-stop, explosive sci-fi rant.
Officially approved by the Japanese Embassy (Japan 2001) and under consideration for the Arthur C.Clarke and Philip K.Dick Award, Blood Electric sets a benchmark for a new generation of experimental cyberpunk writers.