Godzilla and the Lost Continent
Godzilla and the Lost Continent is an unpublished novel based on the Godzilla franchise. It would have been the fifth novel in Random House's series of young adult novels written by Marc Cerasini, but was cancelled by the publisher in the wake of the poorly received 1998 American GODZILLA film.
Godzilla's rest in the Pacific Ocean is disturbed when a landmass the size of Texas appears in the Pacific Ocean and the countries of the world rush to control it. But when they arrive they discover vast ruins and a small group of survivors of a long-lost civilization. But of more concern is that the monsters Varan, Manda, and Battra have made their homes on the Lost Continent. As the invading armies roll in, the monsters begin to combat them but then flee and a totally new monster, an extremely powerful humanoid made of rock and stone dubbed Raijin (or Daitengu) appears and destroys all the human interlopers. Matters are made even worse when it is revealed that Raijin is merely a herald and champion for an even greater intelligence, the very Earth itself, which is not only responsible for the sudden return of the Lost Continent and the calling of all monsters to it, but has also possessed the body of Biollante to serve as its avatar, along with creating equally monstrous forest growth which soon appears across the globe, in a catastrophic bid to cleanse itself of all human life. Now, Godzilla is the only hope for both mankind and the inhabitants of the Lost Continent against these two sentient literal forces of nature.
- A 12-page preview of Godzilla and the Lost Continent appears at the end of Godzilla vs. the Robot Monsters, the final book in the series.
- Godzilla and the Lost Continent was the first of Marc Cerasini's Godzilla novels in which he planned to include a completely original giant monster, the elemental rock giant Raijin (or Daitengu, another considered name), though the book was cancelled before Toho could approve or reject it.
- Original creatures had been featured before in Marc Cerasini's novel Godzilla at World's End, such as the Ancient Ones, the Kamakites, and the radically altered human girl Zoe Kemmering, but none of these were the gigantic kaiju-style character that Raijin would have been, despite the Ancient Ones themselves being similar to the original King Kong in height.
- The concept of the planet Earth having living sentience (often inspired by the Gaia Hypothesis) and using created or conjured monsters as servants to protect itself from harmful elements like humanity has been explored before in fiction, including in the film Godzilla vs. Mothra and television series such as Ultraman: Towards The Future and Blue Gender.
- According to Marc Cerasini, the monstrous forest growth, a lesser group of creatures also planned for the unpublished book, would have been very similar to the titular menaces of John Wyndham's 1951 novel The Day of the Triffids and its various live action film and TV adaptations.
- The name "Raijin" was later used for a kaiju in Pacific Rim Uprising.
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