Hello from the far side of the Pacific (that is to say, Tokyo). I remember sitting down to write the first week of January before getting hit with various other items. When I looked up, it was July. Where did the first half of the year go? I can’t remember six months going by so fast.
Many of you keep knocking on my digital door about the next book, and I promise you it is coming. Several, in fact. Covid and family issues have slowed me down but I am back on the track and pounding the keyboard. And with a little luck, there might be other news on the horizon shortly.
I cannot yet announce a new book in English, but I can announce that the Japanese version of TOKYO KILL, the follow-up to JAPANTOWN, is due out in November in Japan (with a jacket next month). So any of you with Japanese acquaintances might want to keep an eye on this development. In a similar vein, I finally saw the cover of the Hebrew version of J-TOWN, which for some reason never came my way.
In the meantime, life goes on. Ran into my first restaurant robot about six weeks ago at a local chain restaurant. I’d read about them the week before and then there it was.
I was immersed in a novel when I caught an unusual movement out of the corner of my eye. I looked up to this friendly guy (pronoun as yet unknown) rolling down the aisle, stop directly in front of my table, then execute a smart ninety-degree turn with military precision. A server followed close behind and placed my order on the table, then without any apparent signal the robot took off again, with another order to deliver. Later, the server placed the dirty dishes on the robot’s shelves and it slipped silently away, back to the kitchen. The waitress looked quite pleased not to be the one hauling the dishes away. We aren’t talking RoboTaxis just yet, but RoboServer, Version 1.0, is out and about. Just another one of those curious changes going on around us. Life goes on…