martes, 11 de septiembre de 2007

El Cielo sobre el Puerto

El siguiente es el primero de tres artículos que escribí para mi frustrado y olvidado blog en inglés cuyo objetivo era reseñar historias de ciencia ficción que se referirían de algún modo a Japón, todo en el contexto de la que entonces era la inminente Convención Mundial en Yokohama, y que ahora ya es parte del pasado. Al final ofrezco una traducción del mismo.


"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."
William Gibson - Neuromancer.

Like a science fiction reader since my childhood it is impossible not to remember Neuromancer, and its view of the future in Tokyo, given that right now I am living in this city.
Although I had not been at Chiba so far, I had not see the sky above the port. But I hope to have the chance very soon, maybe with other fans that would like to know what really mister Gibson was speaking about.
Probably it was this strange gray, the light of the city reflected in the clouds in the night. A false dawn for a city that never sleeps.
So this is the japanese city where all was started. Neuromancer. The american cyberpunk.
And the cyberpunk was inspiration for japanese writers and creators... a new branch for the anime industry arise. Things like "Ghost in the Shell" were born.
A vision taking back again to America and where its presence is undeniable in Matrix, as a major example.
An so on, giving and taking. Laberynthic relations between ideas, experiences, writers and readers.
Of course, as Carl Sagan said, if we want to see the very beginning of every thing we need to see the origin of Universe. But in terms of the science fiction and cyberpunk literature and film making, I think that many thing were started in Chiba, looking over the Bay toward Tokyo.


"El cielo sobre el puerto era del color del televisor sintonizado en un canal muerto."
William Gibson - Neuromante.

Como lector de ciencia ficción desde mi infancia es imposible no recordar Neuromante y su visión del futuro de Tokio, dado que ahora estoy viviendo en esta ciudad. Pero como no he estado en Chiba hasta ahora, no he visto el cielo sobre el puerto. Pero espero tener la oportunidad muy pronto, quizás junto con otros aficionados que quieran saber de que es lo que estaba hablando realmente el señor Gibson.
Probablemente sea ese extraño gris, las luces de la ciudad reflejadas en las nubes de la noche. Un falso amanecer para una ciudad que nunca duerme.
Así que esta es la ciudad japonesa donde todo empezó. Neuromante. El cyberpunk norteamericano. Y el cyberpunk fue inspiración para creadores y escritores japoneses... surgió una nueva rama de la industria del anime. Nacieron cosas como "Ghost in the Shell".
Una imagen traída de vuelta a los Estados Unidos donde su presencia es innegable en Matrix, como un ejemplo mayor.
Y así, dando y tomando. Relaciones laberínticas entre ideas, experiencias, escritores y lectores.
Por supuesto, como dijo Carl Sagan, si quieres ver el verdadero comienzo de cada cosa necesitamos mirar el propio origen del universo. Pero en términos de la literatura y cinematografía de ciencia ficcion y cyberpunk, creo que muchas cosas comenzaron en Chiba, mirando sobre la Bahia hacia Tokio.

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