Author: Lloyd Kaneko
Publication Date: March 12, 2010
Genre: Science Fiction, 380 pages
Homeless and victimized by corporate greed, Gordon Sakata, a former college professor, is replaced by droids, separated from his family and sent to a concentration camp at the outbreak of war over oil. After being rescued from imprisonment and taken to a utopian planet he inherits the throne of Emperor and returns to Earth to eliminate the planet of poverty, homelessness and starvation.
Kami Jin (Paper People) is a tale of two worlds according to the diary of A. Gordon Sakata II of the 23rd Century. Gordon records an era of despair and misery on Earth as life in the Republic of North America includes a jobless rate of 95%. People are homeless: poverty and starvation is global and governments around the world are ineffective in solving the crisis. Corporations have taken over governments, taken away the basic rights of citizens such as freedom of speech and expression and have replaced many people with droids and robots. Citizens of nations, who once lived comfortably in homes, now struggle to survive in streets lined with cardboard condos. When war breaks out, Earth finally meets its doom, but through the miracle of time travel, it is given a second chance. Gordon is saved and taken to a utopian planet mirroring Earth’s orbit. There, inhabitants are treated equally: poverty, homelessness and starvation are non-existent, and everyone is paid $25-million annually in universal life credits by the Universe, regardless of social status. The quality of health care and education is next to none. Inhabitants’ brains are so advanced that they travel by merely willing themselves to their destination, rather than using conventional vehicles, yet, they do not manufacture any weapons of any kind. The world is one planet, one nation. Gordon vows to right a sinking ship – at least provide hope for the disadvantaged of the world. He returns to Earth to fulfill his life’s promise.
About Lloyd Kaneko
Throughout his professional career, Lloyd has served as columnist for Drum Corps Digest in 1973, and became senior staff writer form Drum Corps News of Boston, Massachusetts. As a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development, he has served as Editor of the L.A. Interchange Newsletter.
While at Cal State, Lloyd also attended classes sponsored by the Writers Guild of America, West. He is also a current member of the Alameda Writers Group and has authored a science fiction novel, Kami Jin.
Lloyd is an active baritone with the masterworks Chorale Bel Canto of Whittier, CA and also actively sings in the church choir at First Friends Church in Whittier, California and is a member of Chorus America and the International Federation of Choral Music.
Lloyd is married to wife Marie and has one daughter, Laura. As residents of Whittier, California, Lloyd also serves as Personnel Board Member for the City of Whittier.
Insight to the Book:
I really cannot say there is one singular issue that inspired me to write Kami Jin. I guess it would be safe to say that it was an accumulation of events that caused Kami Jin to be written. The first third of my book reflects my experiences in Corporate America. As the story moves into the Sierra Nevada Mountains where the protagonist, Gordon Sakata, is left to die, the philosopher in me comes out. The story takes on a more spiritual tone. The second part of the book was largely influenced and driven by my characters which became so “life-like” that, as I was writing the book, it felt like they were a real presence in my life.
The story carries several universal messages on solving the problem of homelessness and poverty in the world and making wars obsolete. But, as Americans, we get so caught up in everyday life – that, we take a lot of things for granted. In reality, there is a dark side to America – everything is not rosy as it would appear. If you have not personally been displaced from your job, or forced to live without a dwelling to call home, then one has never seen the dark side of America. This book sheds light on the darkness caused by corporate greed, corruption and the effects it has caused on people. It will cause us to ponder: Are we justified in accusing other countries of crimes against humanity when we ourselves are just as guilty in committing crimes against our own citizens by forcing them out into the streets and taking away their homes all In the name of profits?
This book would force us to consider our relationships between ourselves and our fellow man. Why do we treat people as “disposable commodities,” then turn around and proclaim that employees “are our greatest assets.” Yet, when it comes to downsizing, our “greatest assets” are typically the first to go. What will happen if executives decided to replace its entire human workforce with droids and automation? What will become of the people? Are there plans to effectively transition into a better life? Or are they [the laid off workers] expected to live the rest of their lives in poverty and hunger? What role will the government play in this charade? Will they act passively and do absolutely nothing and let corporate executives get away with these despicable acts? Or will they finally turn around and become a government by the people and for the people?
The book asks a few serious questions that need to be considered seriously. After all, Honda humanoid robot that talks and walks in the name of “Asimo.” Will this be the dawning of the demise for mankind in the workplace? How near are we really to the future? And exactly what does the future have in store for mankind?
We thank Lloyd for spending his day with us and here are his next blog tour spots in the weeks to come:
May 7, 2010 - Spotlight Feature at BK Walker Books (http://bkwalkerbooks.weebly.com/) May 13, 2010 - Guest Blogging at Watery Tart (http://www.waterytart23.blogspot.com/) May 19, 2010 - Guest Blogging at BK's Live Journal May 20, 2010 - Blog Talk Radio With Brandi Walker (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bkwalker) May 22, 2010 - Guest Blogging at Literary Magic (http://www.literary-magic.com/ May 26, 2010 - Guest Blogging with Katie Salidas (http://myimmortalstories.blogspot.com/