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Shambling Towards Hiroshima

05/01/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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There's now an online video for James Morrow's new scifi novel Shambling Towards Hiroshima.

In Shambling Towards Hiroshima, it's the summer of 1945, world war is reigning in the Pacific Rim, while in the U.S., Syms Thorley continues his life as a B-movie actor. But the U.S. Navy would like to use Thorley in their top-secret Knickerbocker Project, putting the finishing touches on the ultimate biological weapon: a breed of gigantic, fire-breathing, mutant iguanas.

Thorley is to don a rubber suit that will transform him into the merciless Gorgantis and star in a film that simulates the destruction of a miniature Japan—if the demonstration succeeds, the Japanese will surrender, sparing thousands of lives; if it fails, the mutant lizards will be unleashed. Godzilla devotees and history buffs alike will be fascinated by this conspiratorial secret history of a war, a weapon, and an unlikely hero who will have to give the most convincing performance of his life.

The online video was a bit of a Frankensteinian effort: necessity being the mother of invention, they sutured together bits of vintage World War II newsreels with a Korean monster film to create this beast.

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