It’s 2027. Born in 2007, the main character K has no girlfriend and is part of a cultural minority with few friends. In a paperless age with no books, magazines and newspapers, K collects the old media of the 20th century. His little dream is to “make a book” with his friend 21LO! But it goes against the law to make books in the age when the distribution or even printing is impossible and severely restricted without an official government emblem…


Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts
Graphic design: Tsuyoshi Kusano

Isaac Asimov’s Book of Facts by Isaac Asimov

This is a trivia book by Isaac Asimov who had thought of Three Laws of Robotics (which now has been put in practical use). The cover was designed for the 2011 edition.

It, again, is quite hard to imagine that there have been eras when the main source for gaining knowledge was books, not the net. And I am correcting its remnant. The tremendous difference between that era and today could be that knowledge now is edited, mashed up, and the mixed information could be deadly?

There is only one way to enjoy the book.
That is to enjoy the gap between the past and the present.

For example, there isn’t so much difference for the energy requirement between the activity of a hurricane for 10 minutes and the nuclear weapon spread around the world in 1975.
Here! It is a world of disarmament, isn’t it.

Text and images: Kurando Furuya, Hitoshi Odajima, Tomoki Kurokawa
Translation: Mariko Takei