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Jacobson, Mark

Entry updated 26 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1948-    ) US journalist – best known for his 1970s work for the Village Voice in New York – and author of an elaborately confabulated sf/fantasy novel, Gojiro (1991); the tale is seen through the eyes of a mild-mannered Monster, a Mutant lizard named after the Japanese film monster Gojira. Gojiro is a kind of Candide (see Voltaire), and his adventures with the kind and the cruel – especially on Radioactive Island (see Island), where radiation-damaged children called Atoms congregate – are occasionally effective; in the end, displays of gonzo sensibility tend to submerge any element of sf argument. [JC]

Mark Jacobson

born New York: 12 May 1948

works

  • Gojiro (New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1991) [hb/Chip Kidd]

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