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Film (1961; vt Mothra). Toho. Directed by Ishirō Honda. Written by Shinichi Sekizawa, based on a story by Shinichiro Nakamura, Takehido Fukunaga, Yoshi Hotta. Cast includes Emi Ito, Yumi Ito, Kyoko Kagawa, Hiroshi Koizumi and Frankie Sakai. 100 minutes. Colour. / Aficionados of Japanese Monster Movies find their delight not only in the monsters themselves: the attraction depends also on the sheer bizarreness, to Western eyes and ears, of the stories and dialogue. Mosura is perhaps the ...

Xeelee [series]

Future History Series created by Stephen Baxter (whom see for further discussion), extending over a vast Time Abyss from beginning to end of our universe. Though early stories like Baxter's debut "The Xeelee Flower" (Spring 1987 Interzone) recall the colourful inventiveness and Thought-Experiment ingenuity of Larry Niven's better Known Space tales, there is something of Olaf Stapledon's cosmological chilliness in the gradual revelation that human history is no more than a side issue – and ...

Nicholson, Norman

(1914-1987) UK poet and author, best known for his sophisticatedly (though plain-spoken) regional poetry. He is of sf interest for Prophesy to the Wind (performed January 1949 Newcastle People's Theatre, Newcastle, Tyne on Wear; 1950 chap), a play whose protagonist survives a nuclear World War Three, having been cast mysteriously into the distant Near Future; here a northern part of Britain has been resettled by Icelanders, who execute him after he attempts to bring back science and Technology. ...

Miracle Science and Fantasy Stories

US Pulp magazine, two issues, April/May and June/July 1931, published by Good Story Magazine, New York, one of the new companies set up by Harold Hersey, previously editor of Thrill Book. The magazine was edited by Douglas M Dold, who had been blinded in the First World War, so effectively worked in collaboration with his brother, the artist Elliott Dold. The magazine featured undistinguished pulp adventure fiction by both Douglas and Elliott Dold, Victor Rousseau and the little-known John ...

Pei, Mario

(1901-1978) Italian-born linguist, translator and author, in US from 1908, best known for such popularizing texts as The Story of Language (1949). His political conservatism shapes The Sparrows of Paris (1958), where foreign villains – at least one having been exposed to Communism in his formative years – transform themselves into Werewolves and other creatures through the use of an ancient Drug in aid of their campaign to seduce America's youth with marijuana and other foreign ...

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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