Daikaiju, meaning 'giant monsters,' is a predominantly Australian anthology with a few international authors. It comprises stories that fall within the specualtive fiction genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror, along with several works that fall into the category of humour. An essay titled "A Brief History of the Larger-than-Life" by Brian Thomas is also included.
Non-Australian contributors are: J. M. Shiloh, Cody Goodfellow, D. G. Valdron, Skip Peel, Eric Shapiro, Paul Finch, George Thomas, Stephen Mark Rainey, Doug Wood, Frank Wu, and Brian Thomas.
Two time-travellers set out to rescue a re-imagined 1986 Sydney from a menacing glacier.
Answers the question of what happens to giant monsters after they retire from the movies.
Described by Tansy Raynor Roberts as dark, strange and twisted, the story has former Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt (who drowned at sea) boiling up out of the ocean, giant-sized with a great white shark stuck in his foreskin (Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus).
'At once an epic action showpiece and an ode to the passing of time and to the maintaining of honour up until death, Harland’s hero is Saito Saku, a samurai warrior and appointed protector of his village, who sets out to fight a final, fateful battle against a colossal fire beast (Tim Kroenert, Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus).
'An entertaining gimmick story, in which the response to a daikaiju attack is told through screaming newspaper headlines' the story 'serves as a satire on media response to disasters as well as human response to disasters' (Tansy Raynor Roberts Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus).
An otherworld religious quest fantasy.