NieR:Automata Novels to Get English Translations

Long Story Short will arrive this year, while Short Story Long is expected in 2019.

by Dylan Siegler
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In 2017, after the release of NieR:Automata, two books based on the story and lore of the game were released in Japan. A Long Story, a novel written by Jun Eishima, was released on August 5, 2017 and A Short Story, a collection of short stories by Jun Eishima and game director Yoko Taro, was released on October 24, 2017. Now, English-speaking fans will also have a chance to enjoy these works, as they get translated as NieR:Automata – Long Story Short and NieR:Automata – Short Story Long respectively.

It was recently revealed by VIZ that they will be handling the English translations of these two books. Long Story Short is a novelization of NieR:Automata‘s main story, as written by Jun Eishima, who has written books based on Final FantasyDragon Quest and another Yoko Taro franchise, Drakengard (of which NieR:Automata is technically part of), in the past. Short Story Long features a number of short stories, most notably a novelization of the stage play YoRHa, which tells the story of A2’s initial descent to Earth and was directed by Yoko Taro himself, and a short story that tells the events of the game from Emil’s perspective, as well as some stories that contain spoilers in their mere premises. Long Story Short is planned to release in October of this year, while Short Story Long is expected in 2019.

About The Author

Dylan Siegler has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Redlands. He has copy edited novels and short stories and is the editor of nearly all marketing materials for RoKo Marketing. In addition to his professional work, Dylan is also working on several of his own projects. Some of these projects include a novel that satirizes the very nature of novel writing as an art and a short film that parodies buddy cop movies. His short story “Day 3658,” a look into a future ten years into a zombie apocalypse, is being published in September of 2017 in Microcosm Publishing’s compilation Bikes in Space IV: Biketopia. His political satire "The Devil's Advocates" is currently available for free (the link to this story can be found on his Facebook page).