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Sci-fi thriller starring Richard Hatch as Dr Eric Norris, an exceptionally talented scientific researcher guilt-ridden by a tragic past. His life is changed, however, when his DNA is fused with a parasite of extraterrestrial nature causing him to give birth to a half-alien, half human offspring. He is now torn between scientific reasoning and his own emotions. Can he keep his 'son' from the government or will the public insist his 'freak' be annihilated?
This is a bilingual (English and Japanese) story about the struggles and triumph of a young fisherman in old Japan. Inspired by the ancient Japanese feat of "Nankin Tamasudare" in which bamboo sticks are manipulated into figures, and the art of the great Japanese master Hokusai, the story was written in America, translated in Japan and illustrated in Hungary Richard Hatch, the author, is a professional magician and co-founder of the Hatch Academy of Magic and Music. He includes his telling of this tale, illustrated with the mysterious tamasudare mat, in many performances, often accompanied by his wife, violinist Rosemary Kimura Hatch. Andras Balogh, the illustrator, is a children's book designer and digital painter living in Szekesfehervar, Hungary. He studied at the Free School of Fine Arts in Kecskemet where he received a strong foundation in the arts, visual creativity and traditional painting. Since 2003 he has been an invited member of the government of Bacs Kiskun's country painter camp and is a full member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Yukishige Kadoya, the translator from English into Japanese, is a freelance translator and writer based in Nagoya, Japan. He is also a performing magician and a scholar of magic. He often serves as the interpreter for the many major foreign magicians who lecture and perform in Japan. He has written several books, including Tokyo-do Shuppan Publishing's best-selling "Eigo de Pera-Pera Magic (Let's perform magic in English)." Children's Bookwatch, Vol. 23, no. 2 (February 2013): ""Taro-San the Fisherman and the Weeping Willow Tree" is a beautiful, traditionally illustrated, bilingual children's tale written in Japanese and translated into English for children age 8 and up. Taro-San grew up as a boy sitting on a river bank under a weeping willow tree, fishing all day long. He wanted nothing more than to be a professional fisherman. However, when Taro-San is finally able to buy a boat and cast out to sea to fish, his nets come up empty for two weeks in a row He decides to make a special pilgrimage to a sacred Shinto shrine. When he arrived at the beautiful O-Torii gate to the harbor of the sacred shrine, he enjoyed seeing the beauty of the setting. Taro-San crossed on a bridge to approach a special well, like a wishing well, where he respectfully wrote his wish to become a successful fisherman on a piece of parchment, dropped it into the well, and struck a bell three times to summon his ancestors to hear the request he made of them. A rainbow cheers and heartens him as he leaves the shrine. Soon he meets an old man who is a successful fisherman and asks him for his secrets for success. Here Taro-San discovers he has omitted an important step in his venture: He has not chosen a name for his boat. With the guidance of the old man, Taro-San chooses just the right name and paints it on the boat in Kanji characters. After that, Taro -San is so successful with his fishing that he can barely sail his catch home each day. What was the name he chose, the name that enchanted the fish so they came to the boat willingly to be caught? Of course, it was the Weeping Willow Tree. "Taro-San the Fisherman and the Weeping Willow Tree" is presented in both English and Japanese, beautifully illustrated with a traditional appearing style of delicately tinted paintings by Hungarian artist Andras Balogh. The story of "Taro-San the Fisherman and the Weeping Willow Tree" was inspired by a traditional storytelling art called "Nankin Tamasudare," in which a bamboo mat is used to represent many different figures in the story. For a visually stunning, multi-cultural reading-storytelling experience, "Taro-San the Fisherman and the Weeping Willow Tree" is an exquisite choice for juvenile audiences age 7 and up."
** COMPLETELY UNAUTHORIZED ** The science-fiction television series "Battlestar Galactica" is known for raising thought-provoking questions concerning martial law, artificial intelligence, power and corruption, and ultimately what it means to be human. "What ethical complexities come into play when one mistake could mean the anihilation of the human race? How do you maintain faith in the Gods when you're involved in an Armageddon of your own creation? What is the distinction between a terrorist and a freedom fighter? "These questions are given an intelligent and insightful examination in this engaging collection of essays.
* Richard Hatch has enjoyed over two decades of international recognition as an actor. He starred in such televised series as The Streets of San Francisco with Karl Malden and Battlestar Galactica, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Apollo. With author Christopher Golden, he co-wrote the Galactica novels Armageddon and Warhawk (released in 1997 and 1998 by Pocket Books), which reignited interest in the franchise.
* Stan Timmons was the author of ibooks' successful novelization of the Sony animated film Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2.
* Universal Studios in negotiations with both Hatch and series creator Glen A. Larson for film and television relaunches of the popular franchise.
* Battlestar Galactica reruns still in heavy rotation in SCI FI Channel broadcast schedules, as part of the network's "Intergalactic Land" programming.
* Battlestar Galactica was the subject of the first episode of Sciography, the SCI FI Channel's monthly biography-style documentary series.
* Spectacular cover art by science fiction and fantasy artist Matt Busch (Star Wars: Episode I, First Wave, Battlestar Galactica comic book series).
Pursued by the inhuman warriors of the Cylon Empire, a ragtag fleet spaceships -- containing the last remnants of humanity -- are led across the cosmos by Commander Apollo and the crew of the battlestar Galactica in search of an earlier home of humanity, a place of legend. A place called Earth.
Having escaped from the dead area of non-space called the Ur Cloud (in BG: Rebellion), the ragtag fleet of Colonials find themselves delivered to what has all the appearances of being the perfect new home for the fleet: the planet Paradis. Commander Apollo is once again drawn into conflict with ego-driven civilians who manipulate the Council of Twelve toward their own ends. But he also must deal with his feelings toward Cassiopeia and their newborn son-although Apollo is unsure whether he is the child's father. As tensions mount among the Colonials, a treacherous plan is hatched that threatens to destroy everything the commander has worked so hard for-as well as Apollo himself(.
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