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Film (1956; vt Sora no Daikaijū Radon ["Giant Monster of the Sky, Radon"]; vt, outside Japan, Rodan). Toho. Directed by Inoshiro Honda. Written by Takeshi Kimura and Takeo Murata, based on a story by Takashi Kuronomura. Cast includes Akihiko Hirata, Kenji Sahara and Yumi Shirkawa. 79 minutes. Colour. / This film, the first Japanese Kaiju Monster Movie in colour, is from the same team that produced Gojira (vt Godzilla). A giant pterodactyl hatches in a mine (and eats giant dragonfly ...

Meynell, Esther

(1878-1955) UK author whose Grave Fairytale (1934) frames the tale of a frustrated musician with references to folklore, and Time's Door (1935), a Timeslip tale in which an Italian violinist travels by Timeslip to the eighteenth century, where he becomes involved with Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Meynell was the niece by marriage of the poet and suffragette Alice Meynell (1847-1922). [JC]

Monsters of the Movies

Letter-size Cinema magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper. Published by Curtis Magazines. Nine issues, June 1974 to August 1975; perfect-bound until #5, then saddle-stapled until #8, reverting to perfect binding for the final edition. Editors were Roy Thomas and Jim Harmon. / Attempting to exploit the renewed interest in Horror, and to imitate Famous Monsters of Filmland in particular, this publication was of fairly good quality. Covers often featured glowing artwork by Bob Larkin and ...

At the Earth's Core

Film (1976). Amicus/AIP. Directed by Kevin Connor. Written by Milton Subotsky, based on At the Earth's Core (4-25 April 1914 All-Story Weekly; 1922) by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Cast includes Peter Cushing, Doug McClure and Caroline Munro. 89 minutes. Colour. / The success of Amicus's The Land that Time Forgot (also based on a Burroughs novel) inspired the making of this lightweight film, in which genially routine adventures take place inside a vast cavern visited by a hero and a scientist in a ...

Richardson, Benjamin Ward

(1828-1896) UK physician and author, eminent in the former capacity, for which he was knighted in 1893. He published and edited many medical studies, and pioneered the development of safe anaesthetics; an offshoot of these activities was the nonfictional Hygeia: A City of Health (1876), which describes a Utopia whose hygiene is spotless. As an author of fiction, he is some sf interest for The Son of a Star: A Romance of the Second Century (1888 3vols), set in second-century Roman Britain, in ...

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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