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1. The anglicized version of Gojira (which see). / 2. Film (1998). TriStar Pictures presents a Centropolis Entertainment production. A Fried Films and Independent Pictures production. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Written by Emmerich, Dean Devlin. Cast includes Hank Azaria, Matthew Broderick, Maria Pitillo and Jean Reno. 138 minutes. Colour. / Decades in development, this American Godzilla was resoundingly hated by most Gojira fans for the liberties it took with the title Monster. In ...


UK space-rock band, whose only release to date, You Are Here (2004) styles its title and cover-art in homage to Douglas Adams's Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Musically the band is very reminiscent of Hawkwind's expansive and more cosmically evocative style. [AR]

Mitchell, J A

(1845-1918) US editor – he founded Life magazine in 1883, editing it until his death – and author in various genres. The Romance of the Moon (1886 chap) is a fantasy for children; Mitchell's sf proper begins with The Last American: A Fragment from the Journal of Khan-Li, Prince of Dimph-Yoo-Chur and Admiral in the Persian Navy (1889 chap; exp 1902), a somewhat spoofish Satire in which a thirtieth-century Persian expedition visits a depopulated Nh-Yok (ie New York) described in ...

Moudy, Walter

(1929-1973) US author who published only a few sf stories after his sole novel, No Man on Earth (1964), a rather compellingly told story in which a man born of a human mother and an Alien father (see Biology; Exogamy) must seek out his destiny. His first short story was "The Dreamer" (April 1965 Fantastic); two others appeared in Fantastic and Amazing respectively in the following month; no further SF Magazine appearances followed. One more sf story is known: "The Search for Man", his ...

Hubbard, Wynant Davis

(1900-1961) US foreign correspondent, travel and nature author, and author of The Thousandth Frog (8 June-13 July 1935 The Passing Show; 1935), a Young Adult tale in which humanity must defend itself from an Invasion of the USA by giant insects and giant frogs (see Great and Small). [JC]

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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