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Walker, Rysa

Pseudonym of US author (1961-    ) of the Young Adult Chronos Files beginning with Time's Twisted Arrow (2012 ebook; vt Timebound 2014), in which Time Travel and romance are intertwined through the machinations of a religious fanatic. [JC]

Jerome, Jerome K

(1859-1927) UK author and editor best known for humorous writing, in particular the Thames-centred boating travelogue Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) (1889). He is of sf interest as editor of The Idler (which see) from its launch in February 1892, initially with the owner Robert Barr and solo from August 1895 until his resignation in November 1897. In addition, he wrote a few relevant short ...

Krohn, Leena

(1947-    ) Finnish author whose first novels were composed for younger readers, an example being Ihmisen vaatteissa: Kertomus kaupungilta (1976; trans Bethany Fox as "The Pelican's New Clothes: A Story from the City" in Collected Fiction 2015), whose young protagonist experiences a magical City through his relationship with the eponymous talking bird. Krohn's focus on multivariant experiences of urban life [for Beast ...

Jäger, Willigis

(1925-2020) German monk and author of Der Alte aus Atlantis (1982; trans Ingrid Racz as The Old Sage of Atlantis 1995) as Willigis, in which an explorer examining Mayan ruins finds the Underground domain of a survivor of Atlantis, who transmits the story of its splendour and its fall. [JC]

Castellucci, Cecil

(1969-    ) US rock singer, comics writer and author, in Canada for several years from early adulthood; in her music career she works under the name Cecil Seaskull, being most active as a performer during the 1990s. She began to publish work of genre interest with "Lights, Camera, Action" in Magic in the Mirrorstone (anth 2008) edited by Steve Berman; her novels, all to date written for the Young Adult market, include some of sf ...

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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