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Food of the Gods

Film (1976). AIP. Produced and directed by Bert I Gordon. Written by Gordon, based on a "portion" of The Food of the Gods and How it Came to Earth (1904) by H G Wells. Cast includes Pamela Franklin, Marjoe Gortner, Ida Lupino and Ralph Meeker. 88 minutes. Colour. / Set on an island off the coast of British Columbia, Food of the Gods tells of a miraculous foodstuff which oozes from the ground and causes gigantism in all infant creatures that eat it (see Great and Small). Animated wasps, ...

Science and Sorcery

Item of Terminology introduced in this encyclopedia for the genre-blending juxtaposition of sf and Fantasy settings, often presented as Parallel Worlds between which crossings may be made, and distinguished therefore from Equipoisal tales where any "crossings" tend to be integrated into the address of the tale, rather than working as transitions. (This use of crossings is distinct from the very common fantasy trope of access via portal to a world of Magic; such stories normally contain no sf ...

Landon, Kristin

(1958-2019) US editor and author of the Cold Minds sequence of Space Operas comprising The Hidden Worlds (2007), The Cold Minds (2008) and The Dark Reaches (2009), in which, after the near-destruction of Earth by Cybernetic intelligences, the waif remnants of humanity – piloted to and fro by "jump pilots" – survive on other planets hidden from sight; they prepare to fight back on the battleground of the Ruined Earth; the sequence was projected to continue but did not. Windhome ...

Alexander, James B

(1831-1914) US author whose sf phantasmagoria, The Lunarian Professor and His Remarkable Revelations Concerning the Earth, the Moon and Mars; Together with an Account of the Cruise of the Sally Ann (1909), might have been excluded from this encyclopedia on the grounds that the insectoid Lunarian pedagogue and all that he surveys turn out to be a dream – were it not that Alexander's imagination, though patently influenced by H G Wells, is too vivid to be ignored. The narrator is told at ...

Gojira

Film (1954 Japan; exp with new footage 1956 US; vt Godzilla, King of the Monsters; vt Godzilla). Toho/Embassy. Directed by Inoshiro Honda. Written by Takeo Murata, Honda, based on a story by Shigeru Kayama. Cast includes Akihiko Hirata, Raymond Burr (US version), Takashi Shimura and Akira Takarada. 98 minutes cut to 81 minutes for US release. Black and white. / This was the first of a long series of Japanese (see Japan) films featuring Gojira (anglicized as Godzilla), a 400ft (120m) ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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