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2001 Nights
(2001 Ya Monotogari)
Genre Science fiction
Author Yukinobu Hoshino
Publisher Japan Futabasha
English publisher United States Viz Media
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Super Action
Original run June 1984June 1996
Volumes 3
Original video animation
2001 Ya Monogatari
Director Yoshio Takeuchi
Studio TMS Entertainment
Released July 1987
Episodes 1
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2001 Nights (2001夜物語 2001 Ya Monotogari?) is a science fiction manga series written and illustrated by Yukinobu Hoshino and originally serialized in Futabasha's Monthly Super Action starting from June 1984. It was then collected into three bound volumes by Futabasha, released between August 18, 1985[1] and October 24, 1986.[2] The series was licensed for an English-language release by Viz Media and published in North America starting March 22, 1996.[3] 2001 Nights is largely inspired by classic hard science fiction, with many visual homages to previous science fiction novels and films. The title is a fusion of 2001: A Space Odyssey and the Arabian classic 1001 Nights.[citation needed]

2001 Nights consists of several loosely connected short stories, all taking place in the same timeline, with the whole series spanning several hundred years. Many of the stories are related to each other (even across books), each building upon the achievements of the previous ones. The stories are often (but not always) scientifically plausible, recalling a lot of the early science fiction of the 1950 and 1960 eras.

2001 Nights was adapted into a one-episode original video animation (OVA) by TMS Entertainment and released on VHS in July 1987. It has not been licensed in English.


The stories that make up the complete manga are placed in chronological order, with one exception. By the technology used, Night 14 ("Elliptical Orbit") seems to belong somewhere between Nights 6 and 7 (after the invention of suspended animation and interstellar travel, but before the Lucifer discovery).

No. Japanese English
Release date ISBN Release date ISBN
1 August 18, 1985[1] ISBN 4-575-93074-1 March 22, 1996[3] ISBN 1-56931-056-4
  • 01. Earthglow
  • 02. Sea of Fertility
  • 03. Maelstrom III
  • 04. Posterity
  • 05. Rendezvous
  • 06. Discovery
  • 07. Lucifer Rising
2 December 28, 1985[4] ISBN 4-575-93075-X June 22, 1996[5] ISBN 1-56931-102-1
3 October 24, 1986[2] ISBN 4-575-93076-8 February 22, 1996[6] ISBN 1-56931-125-0


  1. ^ a b "2001夜物語 1(ニセンイチヤモノガタリ) | ISBN 4-575-93074-1" (in Japanese). Futabasha. Retrieved December 5, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "2001夜物語 3(ニセンイチヤモノガタリ) | ISBN 4-575-93076-8" (in Japanese). Futabasha. Retrieved December 5, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "2001 Nights, Volume 1: The Death Trilogy Overture (2001 Nights): Yukinobu Hoshino: Books". Retrieved December 5, 2008. 
  4. ^ "2001夜物語 2(ニセンイチヤモノガタリ) | ISBN 4-575-93075-X" (in Japanese). Futabasha. Retrieved December 5, 2008. 
  5. ^ "2001 Nights, Volume 2: Journey Beyond Tomorrow (2001 Nights): Yukinobu Hoshino: Books". Retrieved December 5, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Children of Earth (2001 Nights, Vol. 3): Yukinobu Hoshino: Books". Retrieved December 5, 2008. 

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