2007, English, Book, Illustrated edition: A solution to economic depression in Little Tokyo 1953 : a graphic miscellany / written by Kirk Marshall [et al.].

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  • viii, 120 p. : ill., port. ; 22 cm.
Published
  • New Farm, Qld. : A Cowboy Named Molasses Publishing, 2007.
Language
  • English

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Title
  • A solution to economic depression in Little Tokyo 1953 : a graphic miscellany /​ written by Kirk Marshall [et al.].
Other Authors
  • Marshall, Kirk.
Published
  • New Farm, Qld. : A Cowboy Named Molasses Publishing, 2007.
Physical Description
  • viii, 120 p. : ill., port. ; 22 cm.
Notes
  • Includes fiction, comics, poems and prose.
Language
  • English
Dewey Number
  • A828.48015
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2011-09-30 19:00:54.0

Nominated for the 2007 Aurealis Awards (Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction) Category Division of Science-Fiction Short Story


Cover blurb for "A Solution to Economic Depression in Little Tokyo, 1953":

It's a capitalist economic crisis being severed by the emasculating populace of post-wartime Tokyo, and despite the enhanced and incendiary technological advance of Pearson's silicon-based Solar Energy Converting Apparatus, in addition to the decomissioning and redundancy of the nation-state's nuclear power contingency — and the dismantling of its enrichment plants — people are revolting, still to receive the kinetic godsend of rock 'n' roll, and all lamenting the irremediable advent of an unprecedented plague of Azure-winged magpies set to make their collective roost in the rafters and belfries of this ailing megapolis.

So if the staggered fiscal and communal malaise wasn't insidious fortune enough, there's the irrefutable evidence of hard times made prevalent by the fallen corpse of Godzilla, sprawled and spanning the stifled cartography of the city. The corrupted antediluvian cadaver has begun to sour the skies with the jagged barbarous winds of carrion rot, and prehistoric decay is incrementally poisoning the waters kissing Tokyo's once-unadulterated coastline.

Frankly, if it wasn't for the spark of vital intellect extolled by one Yasuhiro Dustin T-Bird, the new Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy, a Hiroshima-borne governmental official of beatnik ambition and *shōgunate*-*ronin* blood, then the greatest cosmopolitan dynasty in the post-industrial world would find itself conceding an arduous and blighted decline of decadence and disaster, the likes of which to rival that of the legerdemain historical downfalls of Pompeii and Cairo.

The genius bud of this beguilingly enigmatic orchid lies in Yasuhiro's legislative statute on exportation of commodified mutant saurian meat, because really what better or decipherably more improving providence would remove 120,000 *kinn* of late-Cretaceous decomposure from the streets and aqueducts of progressive Tokyo?

Of course, the singular complexity yet to be assuaged with his Trans-Global Unionised Exportation Trade Agreement of Premium & Cultured Primordial Mince-Meat, is a failure to predetermine the weathered influx of subterranean swine, defammatory Socialists, enviromentalist savages, and the assassination plot on Yasuhiro's life that surely accompanies promotion to an elevated and feared office position.

What the State needs is a solution, and Yasuhiro Dustin T-Bird appears the only wise man foolish enough to encourage illumination. With a skyline populated by photovoltaic solar-panel high rises and brazen Shinjuku-neon, a gregariously hopeful civil servant in Tokyo could near go blind searching for it.